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Social Issues and Policy

Personal Decisions Affect Social Policy

Some parts of everyday life are pretty straightforward and simple to navigate. But other areas are pretty complex and have long-term ripples. Personal decisions can often evolve into societal issues which affect communities, while some go further to the point of becoming laws affecting whole states or the entire country.

Personal decisions evolve into societal issues and we want to educate people that the Bible and real science both agree and need to direct our position not just on personal decision-making, but also larger societal issues and policies as well.

To often we let emotions, not wanting to have anyone feel bad, political correctness, or someone’s dysfunctional demands guide decision-making. Good parents become immune to these influences and determine parenting policy based on the long-term good of the child and family based on values, morals, virtues, and spiritual truths.

Good Social Policy is Rooted in Good Psychological Science and Biblical Truths

If social policies are not scientifically, psychologically, and Biblically consistent, then values, morals, personal responsibility, the physical protection of life, and psychological and spiritual development all start to dangerously erode. Children grow up being told to trust their authorities, so if their authority’s policies are wrong, children get brainwashed into believing these policies represent accurate science, psychological, and spiritual truths.

Because all social policies are comprised of many decisions with significant psychological and spiritual components, Lighthouse Network, as decision-making scientists, is well equipped to inform and scrutinize these issues and be part of the solution. We feel God has equipped us for such a time as this and He encourages and empowers us to respectfully, clearly, and boldly light and truth into these complex issues and decisions.

Lighthouse Network Helps You Sort These Out

The goal of Lighthouse Network is to show science validates what the Bible teaches and then to bring this expertise into the public discussion. In this regard we are formally and informally a part of a number of Task Forces or Strategic Policy or Advisory Boards sharing our psychological science and spiritual expertise to fight for God’s prescription for abundant living.

Below we bring you a number of resources to guide your understanding of these very important personal decisions having powerful societal impact.

Lighthouse Network Social Policy Articles

Social Policy Websites

  1. American Academy of Medical Ethics (AAME) http://ethicalhealthcare.org/
  2. Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance (PHA) http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/
  3. Human Life Alliance (HLA) https://humanlife.org/
  4. Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) https://cmda.org/issues/
  5. Focus on the Family http://www.focusonthefamily.com/
  6. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition http://www.epcc.ca/
  7. National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) http://www.narth.com/
  8. Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity http://www.therapeuticchoice.com/
  9. National Task Force for Therapeutic Equality and Justice for All http://www.equalityandjusticeforall.org/
  10. Family Research Council (FRC) http://www.frc.org/
  11. Justice Foundation http://thejusticefoundation.org/
  12. Professionals for Fact Based Public Policy
  13. Traditional Values Coalition http://www.traditionalvalues.org/
  14. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse http://www.centeronaddiction.org/

Specific Issues Regarding Social Policy

  1. Value of Human Life
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/human-life-its-moral-worth-ethics-statement
    2. Focus on the Family
      1. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life/social-justice/in-the-image-of-god-why-we-are-pro-life
  2. Beginning of Human Life
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/beginning-of-human-life-ethics-statement
      2. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/beginning-of-human-life-fertilization-addendum-ethics-statement
  3. Physician Assisted Suicide
    1. American Academy of Medical Ethics
      1. http://ethicalhealthcare.org/Issues/End-of-Life
    2. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/physician-assisted-suicide-ethics-statement
      2. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/suicide-ethics-statement
    3. Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance
      1. http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/issues/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/
    4. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
      1. http://www.epcc.ca/about-us/purpose/
    5. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/euthanasia-and-end-of-life-issues
    6. Focus on the Family
      1. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life/end-of-life
  4. Euthanasia
    1. American Academy of Medical Ethics
      1. http://ethicalhealthcare.org/Issues/End-of-Life
    2. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/euthanasia-ethics-statement
    3. Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance
      1. http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/issues/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/
      2. Euphemistically called Aid in Dying, but really Permission to Kill
    4. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
      1. http://www.epcc.ca/about-us/purpose/
    5. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/euthanasia-and-end-of-life-issues
    6. Focus on the Family
      1. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life/end-of-life
  5. Abortion / Morning After Pill / Plan B Abortive Agent
    1. American Academy of Medical Ethics
      1.  http://ethicalhealthcare.org/Issues/Beginning-of-Life
    2. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/beginning-of-human-life-ethics-statement
      2. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/beginning-of-human-life-fertilization-addendum-ethics-statement
      3. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/abortion-ethics-statement
      4. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/anti-progestational-agents-ru-486-ethics-statement
    3. Focus on the Family
      1. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life/pre-born
    4. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/abortion
    5. Justice Foundation
      1. http://thejusticefoundation.org/info/documents/
      2. http://thejusticefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Dear-Client-Letter-Oct2010.pdf
      3. http://thejusticefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/STATEMENT-OF-MEDICAL-AND-MENTAL-HEALTH-PROFESSIONALS-10-16.pdf
  6. Human Sexuality
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/human-sexuality-ethics-statement
    2. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/human-sexuality
      2. http://www.frc.org/abstinence-and-sexual-health
  7. Homosexuality
    1. American Academy of Medical Ethics
      1. http://ethicalhealthcare.org/Issues/Sexuality
    2. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/homosexuality-ethics-statement
    3. Focus on the Family
      1. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/socialissues/sexuality/understanding-same-sex-attractions/understand-same-sex-attractions
    4. National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)
      1. http://www.narth.com/#!cv/cdy2
    5. Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity
      1. http://www.therapeuticchoice.com/
    6. Stories of Change and Transformation
      1. http://suchweresomeofyou.org/
      2. http://www.ldsvoicesofhope.org/about.php
      3. http://testpathvoc.weebly.com/our-stories.html
    7. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/homosexuality
    8. Traditional Values Coalition
      1. http://www.traditionalvalues.org/marriage
  8. Banning Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (Pro-Heterosexual Therapy in Homosexuals Wanting Change)
    1. Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity
      1. http://www.therapeuticchoice.com/#!california-sb-1172-anyalsis/cf3g http://www.therapeuticchoice.com/#!analysis-of-anti-soce-legislation/cwgr
      2. http://www.therapeuticchoice.com/#!when-dissent-is-stifled/cvpg
    2. Professionals for Fact Based Public Policy
      1. http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen3/16a/bills-in-MA-legislature/tpc/anti-therapy-bill/docs/Floyd-Godfrey-letter-about-book.pdf
    3. Therapeutic Equality and Justice for All
      1. http://www.equalityandjusticeforall.org/#!talk-therapy/gqq7u
  9. Transgender
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/transgender-identification-ethics-statement
    2. National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality
      1. http://www.narth.com/#!transgender-/chz6
    3. Traditional Values Coalition
    4. http://www.traditionalvalues.org/transgender
  10. Right of Conscience / First Amendment Right to Freedom of Religion
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/healthcare-right-of-conscience-ethics-statement
    2. American Academy of Medical Ethics
      1. http://ethicalhealthcare.org/Issues/Healthcare-Profession
    3. Focus on the Family
      1. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/socialissues/religious-freedom
    4. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/Religious-Liberty
      2. http://www.frc.org/conscience-protection
      3. http://www.frc.org/religion-in-public-life
    5. Traditional Values Coalition
      1. http://www.traditionalvalues.org/chaplains
  11. Legalization of Marijuana
    1. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
      1. http://www.centeronaddiction.org/the-buzz-blog/why-you-should-think-twice-voting-yes-medical-marijuana
      2. http://www.centeronaddiction.org/newsroom/position-statements
  12. Cloning
    1. American Academy of Medical Ethics
      1. http://ethicalhealthcare.org/Issues/Research
    2. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/human-cloning-ethics-statement
    3. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/stem-cells-and-biotechnology
  13. Stem Cell Research and Use
    1. American Academy of Medical Ethics
      1. http://ethicalhealthcare.org/Issues/Research
    2. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/human-stem-cell-research-and-use-ethics-statement
    3. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/stem-cells-and-biotechnology
  14. Medical Practice Regarding Life Sustaining Protocols and Advanced Healthcare Planning and Decision Making
    1. American Academy of Medical Ethics
      1. http://ethicalhealthcare.org/Issues/Healthcare-Practice
    2. Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance
      1. http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/issues/advance-directives/
      2. http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/issues/p-o-l-s-t/
    3. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/advance-directives-ethics-statement
      2. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/vegetative-state-ethics-statement
  15. End of Life Issues
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations – Infused Nutrition and Hydration
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/death-ethics-statement
      2. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/artificially-administered-nutrition-and-hydration-ethics-statement
      3. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/medical-futility-ethics-statement
    2. Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance
      1. http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/issues/medical-futility/
  16. Pain Management, Hospice, and Palliative Care
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/pain-management-ethics-statement
    2. Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance
      1. http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/issues/hospice/
      2. http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/issues/palliative-care/
  17. Patient Advocacy
    1. Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance
      1. http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/issues/patient-advocacy/
  18. Organ Donation / Transplantation
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/overview-on-human-organ-transplantation-ethics-statement
      2. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/organ-donation-after-circulatory-death-dcd-ethics-statement
      3. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/organ-transplantation-after-assisted-suicide-or-state-execution-ethics-statement
    2. Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance
      1. http://www.prolifehealthcare.org/issues/organ-donation/
  19. Human Trafficking
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/human-trafficking-ethics-statement
    2. Focus on the Family
      1. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life/social-justice
    3. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/brochure/modern-slavery-how-to-fight-human-trafficking-in-your-community
  20. Assisted Reproduction Technologies – (In Vitro, Artificial Insemination, Surrogates, etc.)
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/assisted-reproductive-technology-ethics-statement
  21. Medical Ethics
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/biblical-model-for-medical-ethics-ethics-statement
  22. Human Enhancement Technologies and Plastic Surgery
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/human-enhancement-ethics-statement
  23. Human Research
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/human-research-ethics-statement
    2. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/stem-cells-and-biotechnology
  24. Immunization
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/immunization-ethics-statement
  25. Miraculous Healing
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/miraculous-healing-ethics-statement
  26. Parenting and Consent Issues
    1. Christian Medical and Dental Associations
      1. Minors Seeking Abortion https://cmda.org/resources/publication/parental-consent-for-minors-seeking-abortion-ethics-statement
      2. https://cmda.org/resources/publication/limits-to-parental-authority-in-medical-decision-making-ethics-statement
    2. Family Research Council
      1. http://www.frc.org/parental-rights
    3. Justice Foundation
      1. http://thejusticefoundation.org/info/parental-rights/