IMAGO DEI POLITICS IS:

Christ Centered: We recognize the irreplaceable value of a Christian vision and are committed to providing a Christ-centered witness in the public square. The key Christian insight pertaining to politics is that every human, from the moment of conception, is made in the Image of God. This insight is the basis for the rest of our principles.

Pro-life: Being made in the Image of God, every human is a person whose life has absolute value and dignity. We oppose any attack on human life, including abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, and military aggression.

Pro-family: The family is the foundational unit of society. We advocate measures that provide material and cultural support for the flourishing of all families. We support traditional marriage of one man and one woman for life as the surest guarantee of health and security for children. We recognize the primacy of parents’ judgement in pursuing the good of their children, and we advocate the provision of a variety of resources and venues for parents to choose how to provide for their children’s good.”

Human Scaled: We recognize that American life is governed by many institutional powers, including the state, non-profits, and business. We advocate that all institutions which govern human life be human scaled. Local governments, local small businesses, and local small non-profits are more responsive to community needs and more accountable to the people they serve. Larger scale institutions should facilitate the work of smaller scale ones without dominating them.

Distributist: Every person should share in God’s gift of the Earth to mankind and in the collaborative works of human society. We advocate an economy in accord with the dignity of human work and human nature, ordered toward the widespread distribution of property, ownership, and opportunity. We particularly advocate family owned businesses and worker owned cooperatives which give participants greater opportunity for mastery, creativity and responsibility. For those whose work is outside the marketplace but is no less socially valuable, such as homemakers and caregivers, we seek alternative ways of enabling economic participation.

Obligated to the Poor and Oppressed: We find Christ in a special way in the poor and the oppressed. Therefore we have a special obligation to consider how choices both on the personal and on the institutional level will affect them. We recognize our obligation to see that their needs are met, and that those who cannot participate in the economy are not left to be second class citizens. And we recognize our obligation to make amends for past and present injustices.

Protective of Creation: God gave the Earth and all the good things in it to mankind as a gift and a responsibility. It is our common inheritance and must be respected and maintained for all people now and in the future. Those who depend directly on the Earth for their livelihood, including farmers, hunters, fishermen, and peoples living in pre-industrial societies are particularly vulnerable to abuse of creation, and have a special interest and ability to maintain it. We seek to empower them and aid them in stewarding our common inheritance.