We believe that the family is the basic governmental,
social, and spiritual unit created by God. In it the
child gradually learns self-government, social
relationships, and develops a relationship to the
Creator. The family also provides protection from
over-extensive government and over stimulating
social involvement. We understand family to mean
a male and female parent with one or more
children, all related by blood, though we realize the
exceptions of a single parent, adopted children, and step-children.
We reject transitory co-habitation relationships as being in violation of God's laws and incapable of providing the long-term nurture and instruction needed by children and commanded by God. We also reject homosexual marriages or homosexual orientation because these are contrary to Scripture and the intentions of God in Creation, and we believe that such relationships are destructive to children and the very idea of family. In view of these beliefs, no homosexual or non-married cohabitating parents or couples are eligible for full or associate membership.
Parental Rights and Responsibilities in Education
We believe the ultimate responsibility for the education of children belongs to parents. Thus, we believe this is an inalienable right given by God, which the State can neither create, destroy, nor alter. Parents may delegate another to teach some of the cognitive information that children need to know, but all education must be under the control and supervision of the parents.
We believe education in the home to be the best form of education, but we recognize that many parents cannot educate at home for valid reasons, and we support the right of parents to choose the education they believe to be in the best interest of each child.
Nature of Education
We believe that all education is religious in nature
since one's view of the world and life inevitably is
involved in teaching. Every discipline of knowledge,
whether it is subjects such as mathematics, science,
or history, will have as its final reference point a
theistic or humanistic view of reality, and there is
no neutral academic discipline.
Thus, we believe that all social, physical, and
cognitive knowledge should have as its beginning
the fear of God and as its end the glory of God.