Patrick Fagan of the Family Research Council also presented a striking paper at the World Congress of Families in Amsterdam earlier this month, in which he called specifically on men to exercise leadership in the pro-family movement. "Let monogamous men get serious about protecting their children and their families, and obtaining justice for them," Fagan said.
Leaders of the conservative pro-family movement have been reluctant to call attention to the government's abuse of men and fathers for fear of inflaming a gender war. But it is becoming too conspicuous to ignore. The destruction of families and the destruction of fatherhood are inseparable, and it is no accident that they are being seen together.
Fagan also warned that the government increasingly "snatches children away from their parents" through three areas of public policy: “education of children, sex education, and adolescent health.” Some might want to add that even larger numbers of children are being seized through the machinery governing divorce and child custody.
Fagan's paper is summarized here, but I shall also try to obtain a copy for posting.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Thanks for Ad Verdiesen of the Netherlands, part of my talk at the World Congress of Families in Amsterdam is now on YouTube. So far, it seems to be the only presentation at the Congress so honored. Other speakers did mention the plight of divorced parents however. During the same panel, Babette Francis of Australia described the injustices at some length, and others mentioned them too. No one objected to this message, and on the contrary, it was well received. This was a major event, extensively covered in the Dutch media and often the subject of commentaries in English. The word is getting out.