Family Watch International, which helped sponsor the Nigerian law that has resulted in the arrests of many men who have sex with men, is hosting a “Stand for the Family Conference” in Provo in September.
Organizers call it “One of the largest pro-family gatherings” which covers topics like “How the international sexual rights agenda is threatening families and targeting children worldwide,” “How to protect your children and family against promiscuity, pornography, and distorted ideas about human sexuality,” “How to address the sensitive issues of same-sex attraction with understanding and compassion,” and “How a sexual rights agenda is being used around the world to threaten families and especially to target innocent children.”
Family Watch International’s web site encourages people to sign a petition to “help us in our efforts to protect the family against such threats as same-sex marriage, abortion, autonomous ‘rights’ for children that undermine parental rights, the promotion of radical ‘sexual rights,’ the denigration of religion, motherhood and other fundamental family values.”
FWI has also teamed up with NARTH, a so-called ex-gay organization, to develop a documentary explaining disputed roots of homosexuality and ways to “overcome” it. The documentary says that male homosexuality (it does not address female homosexuality) develops out of a sense of a “wounded gender identity” and “wounded masculinity” and a struggle with self esteem. They also point to “father hunger” and “mother confusion.”
Invited speaker Robert Oscar López has said that the LGBT rights movement has “become an engine of world-historical evil … When you see a movement as unprincipled and ruthless as the gay lobby is, you must be clear that you have an enemy. The gay lobby is not your friend. Any friendliness from them is likely manipulation and subterfuge.” He also recently said that “The Gay Movement is an International War on Black People” and that same-sex parenting is comparable to slavery.
The event will kick off with a Thursday, Sept. 18 rally at the Utah State Capitol Building at 7 p.m., and will move to a conference on Friday, Sept. 19 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in downtown Provo, Utah.
Registration ranges from $5 for students to $30 for VIP.