Articles from September 2009



American jailed in Japan for trying to reclaim his children – CNN.com

Father with his children

“Japan is an important partner and friend of the U.S., but on this issue, our points of view differ,” the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said Tuesday. “Our two nations approach divorce and child-rearing differently. Parental child abduction is not considered a crime in Japan.”

This is a subject that really tears things up.  I am personally and philosophically against the government getting involved any further than simply providing a reasonable method by which honest, fairly created civil contracts between adults relative to family matters can be enforced.  But when you support the government making parental abduction a crime, then you, in a very real sense, give over ownership of your children to the government.  Who ever has been granted physical custody, is really just a custodian of the government’s property.

via American jailed in Japan for trying to reclaim his children – CNN.com.

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Married to the State by Stephen Baskerville

Received this notice from Stephen Baskerville:

My article, “Married to the State,” is published today in The American Conservative, online edition: http://www.amconmag.com/blog/married-to-the-state/.

A longer, scholarly version of this argument will be published in the January 2010 issue of The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy.

TAC has published 3 previous articles of mine in their print edition:
“Fathers Into Felons”: http://www.amconmag.com/article/2005/may/23/00020/
“The Fathers’ War”: http://www.amconmag.com/article/2005/oct/24/00017/
“Violence Against Families”: http://stephenbaskerville.net/Violence_Against_Families.pdf

Stephen

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Married to the State

How government colonizes the family

By Stephen Baskerville

In 1947, with the baby boom in its infancy and few disposed to hearing of family crisis, Harvard sociologist Carle Zimmerman saw the long-term reality: the family had been deteriorating since the Renaissance and was nearing the point of no return. Whenever the family shows signs of dysfunction, Zimmerman observed, “the state helps to break it up.” During the 19th century, “law piled on law, and government agency upon government agency” until by 1900 “the state had become master of the family.” The result, he wrote in Family and Civilization, was that “the family is now truly the agent, the slave, the handmaiden of the state.”

To read the rest, go to: http://www.amconmag.com/blog/married-to-the-state/.

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Stephen Baskerville, PhD
Associate Professor of Government
Patrick Henry College
1 Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, Virginia 20132

From Turner Publishing:

Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fatherhood, Marriage, and the Family

Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family
STEPHEN BASKERVILLE, PhD

“This book is a tremendous and much-needed report on how family courts and government policies are harming children.” — Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle Forum

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For more than 80 articles and studies in mainstream publications on the abuses of the divorce industry, see www.stephenbaskerville.net.

Baskerville has been writing and speaking on the subject of family law, and it’s discrimination against fathers for many years. It is always interesting to see how many prescient researchers and writers over the years have foreseen the destruction of the family, yet the destruction continues apace.
One of the biggest issues that I’ve ever noticed is that most fathers, when ending up in a divorce hearing, simply don’t understand that they are no longer the head of a family, if they ever were. Now,all the talk about children’s rights takes it further. When you talk children’s rights outside the context of parental or family rights, then you are talking about the state supplanting the parent, period.

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Dads get help in this family program

The initiative is run by Advocacy for La Plata, a Women’s Resource Center program headquartered above United Blood Services in Bodo Industrial Park. If sometimes these men feel like the blood is being squeezed out of them, at this meeting they know they’re not alone. Not all estranged fathers, after all, are deadbeat dads.

The words are there… but the fact that such a program is run out of a Women’s Resource Center says all you need to hear.  These people just want conformity.  Maintaining a relationship with children is only important in so far as it promotes prompt child support payments.  That is also the only context in which the idea of “rights” comes up.  There is a problem in all of this, and that problem is that family law, especially with regard to custody and child support, doesn’t take into account basic human realities about men and fathers.  Women will never get this.

via Durango Herald News, Dads get help in this family program.

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No equality in divorce | The Daily Telegraph

ONE in six mothers who fight their ex-husbands in court for custody of the children end up spending less than half the week with them.

Despite a presumption of shared parenting introduced by the Howard government in 2006, figures from the Family Court of Australia show mental health issues are most often to blame for women losing time with their children to their fathers.

In 1 per cent of litigated cases, the mother was ordered to have no contact with the children, mostly because of mental illness but also due to abuse and family violence, relocation, and distance, transport or financial barriers.

When fathers are denied time with their children, it is most often due to abuse and family violence, and entrenched conflict.

There is an old saying in Family Courts, and this pretty much the same no matter what country you are talking about, “Custody is the mother’s to lose, and the father’s to gain.”  In other words, mom gets custody unless she manages to lose it… there is a presumption in her favor, as opposed to dad, who must work to maintain his contact and must really work hard, and be lucky, in order to win custody.

via No equality in divorce | The Daily Telegraph.

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Unmarried fathers just want equality – The Irish Times – Fri, Sep 11, 2009

IMAGINE IT being argued that citizens be denied the right to go where they please because the freedom to travel also benefits hijackers and terrorists! Would anyone give a moment’s thought to abolishing the liberties of the vast majority on the basis that a few wicked people will inevitably benefit from these freedoms? Anyone stupid enough to make such a proposal would be laughed into oblivion, writes JOHN WATERS

I always hate that people have to add such phrases as “except in cases of severe abuse…” or whatever, in order to qualify the demands for equal access.  This is nonsense, but it shows how effective the campaign to label all fathers as potential batterers.  This has happened because there has been, and continues to grow, a flourishing industry of professionals in the domestic violence cabal.  These same people have managed to pretty much make a mockery of any notion of justice in family courts, pretty much world wide.

via Unmarried fathers just want equality – The Irish Times – Fri, Sep 11, 2009.

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Vigil promotes shared parent visitation rights :: The SouthtownStar :: News

Richard Thomas had sole custody of his two teenage sons for two years until the day in 2007 when they visited their mother and never returned.

Today, Thomas’ sons are in foster care while he fights to regain custody. His battle began when his boys were visiting their mother and she decided to drop them off at a police station with instructions to say they had run away from home. The police believed their story and contacted the Department of Children and Family Services, Thomas said.

What is wrong in all this business, is that a father has to prove his worth to meddling bureaucrats.  There should be an assumption of fitness.  The burden of proof should always lie with the person making an accusation of unfitness.  But investigating parents, just to be sure, is wrong.  This suspiciousness leads to a very unfriendly atmosphere and eventually will lead to the destruction of the nuclear family.  I believe there is a growing body of people in the U.S. who think that this is a good thing.

via Vigil promotes shared parent visitation rights :: The SouthtownStar :: News.

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Molested by the state

A recent United Nations report advocates giving mandatory instruction in masturbation to children as young as 5. “Sexuality education is part of the duty of care of education and health authorities and institutions,” according to the U.N.

Entitled “International Guidelines on Sexuality Education,” the document is published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. The entire document is a manifesto for governments to assume control over the “sexual education” of children, to inculcate in them politically correct ideas about sex and sexual politics, and to undermine and marginalize their parents.

This is from an article by Stephen Baskerville, which discusses the UN’s continued push for a separation to be made between parental rights and children’s rights.  He correctly observes that this is eroding the traditional family, with the idea of enhancing the power of the state to dictate how children are to be educated.

This is a serious development, which began, of course, before there was a UN.  It started with the idea of public education.  It just seems as if there is a certain percentage of people who can’t get it out of their heads that they need to control how you think and behave.

via Molested by the state.

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BBC NEWS | UK | Fathers’ rights activist ‘elated’

This is from the article:

"I’m absolutely elated, as you can probably imagine. It just seems like a huge weight has just come off my shoulders," he told BBC Radio 5 live’s Victoria Derbyshire show.

But he added that his eight-year fight had been a "devastating experience".

"The government firmly believes that children should not be denied meaningful contact with their other parent, where this is safe."

BBC NEWS | UK | Fathers’ rights activist ‘elated’

That little quote above shows you the problem, doesn’t it? Where this is safe?” Overwhelmingly, fathers are the safest guardians of their children, better than mothers, and certainly safer than non-related female caregivers. 

How did we ever get to the point where a father has to fight to see his own children.  The state has gone mad with control freak fantasies.  What we see in Britain is also to be seen in States, as well as in Canada: the Nanny State gone wild.

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