family values

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Definition of family values 

: values especially of a traditional or conservative kind which are held to promote the sound functioning of the family and to strengthen the fabric of society

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The church prides itself on its contributions to international humanitarian efforts, promoting and proselytizing a specific curriculum of family values. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 It’s got to do with family values, with friendship, with loyalty, with respect. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Sessions’ words sparked a backlash from Christian leaders, who said the zero tolerance policy conflicted with their commitment to family values. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "Next to shelter, church's congregation defends family separations," 3 July 2018 There were calls to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and suggestions of hypocrisy among politicians who support Mr. Trump's policies and stress family values. Michael R. Sisak And Julie Walker, The Christian Science Monitor, "New York protesters face the heat to decry ICE practices," 2 July 2018 These asylum seekers are the true family values coalition., "Planned Parenthood Leader Recounts "Cruelty & Hatred" At The Border," 27 June 2018 Since then many evangelical churches have turned a blind eye to Trump’s cartoonish desecration of family values. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "ChurchToo and Mike Pence’s Crisis of Faith," 21 June 2018 As a result, the Christian right wing adopted the penguin as a paragon of family values. National Geographic, "What You Think You Know About Animals? Probably Not True," 26 May 2018 In August, Francis will visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, a gathering held in a different country every three years, to promote Catholic family values. New York Times, "Ireland Votes to End Abortion Ban, in Rebuke to Catholic Conservatism," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of family values

1912, in the meaning defined above

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