SANCTITY OF LIFE - protecting human life
The North Dakota Family Alliance believes that human life begins at conception and should be protected until natural death. We will work to protect the sanctity of life and eliminate all abortion. At the same time we will work for each and every cause that will save even one unborn human life. We will do so by raising the level of awareness, educating, and equipping the people of North Dakota. Ultimately, our purpose is to influence public policy and policymakers.
MARRIAGE - strengthening marriages
Just as our faith in Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our personal lives, we believe the institution of marriage is the foundational bedrock of the family, and likewise the family is the foundational bedrock of our society. The NDFA will promote healthy marriages and oppose forces that would undermine the institution of marriage as between one man and one woman. We believe that healthy marriages are critical to society, and provide the very best environment for our children.
ABSTINENCE - promoting abstinence until marriage
The overall and complete Abstinence until Marriage health education program is central to preparing for a healthy marriage. It is more than just saying "no" to premarital sex. It is more than just trying to avoid contracting an STD. It is about considering choices and the benefits and consequences of those choices. Its about a well-rounded, well-thought-out approach to preparing for the future, which in most cases will involve marriage. It is about gaining knowledge and wisdom. The NDFA will work to make sure that all students have the opportunity to access an abstinence program in their school. Additionally, we will work to include parents in this absolutely necessary program.
PARENTING - defending parental rights
The issue of parental rights and responsibilities is so central to healthy families. Unfortunately, there are forces attempting to diminish the role of parents as they provide for their children's education, instruction, and well being. The NDFA will work to promote the positive attributes of parental involvement in their children's lives, and will oppose those forces who seek to remove or diminish those rights.
FATHERHOOD - empowering a commitment
We believe the presence of the father in the home is vitally important to the well-being of everyone in the family. The role of the father has a great impact on the social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth of the children. Both mothers and fathers bring unique contributions to the job of parenting. Unfortunately, the dramatic increase of fatherless families has had extremely negative implications on the health of the family and society.
FAITH - defending religious freedoms
Our founding fathers placed a great deal of importance on granting religious liberties and protecting our religious freedoms. National forces have attempted to create a constitutional 'separation of church and state' that does not exist, all with the intent of eroding our religious freedoms. The NDFA will work to protect our religious liberties.
EDUCATION - supporting parental choice
Parents are responsible for the education of their children, and there is a critical need for parental involvement in the decision making process. When parents are meaningfully involved in their childrenís education, scholastic achievement improves greatly. Parents need to have a clear understanding of the curriculum and programs which may influence their children, giving them the ability to ensure that their values will not be undermined. A parentís responsibility does not end when their child enters the school building, neither should their parental rights.
LEADERSHIP - developing and equipping leaders
We believe concerned citizens should be well informed and should participate as salt and light in the political process of this republic. We are committed to training and equipping individuals, churches and professionals for leadership within their communities.
PORNOGRAPHY - safeguarding families
One of the greatest forces today leading to the destruction of the family is the exponential growth of pornography. Recent advances in technology have provided the opportunity for even greater ease in the distribution of pornographic material. It is a huge business, with revenue greater than that of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association combined! It targets adults and children, but especially zeroing in on young males. Because of its secretive nature, it can and does afflict anyone. It is terribly addictive, and not only destroys marriages and families, but is extremely dangerous to children. The NDFA will work to educate the public and oppose the forces disseminating and profiting from this horrific epidemic.
GAMBLING - opposing legalized gambling
The NDFA has been successful in the partnering with others to prevent the expansion of gambling in North Dakota. Compulsive gambling addiction is a real threat to those families affected, and the expansion of gambling can only exasperate these problems. The NDFA will continue to oppose the expansion of gambling.