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Inside Track: Time to speak up for the rights of fathers | Herald Scotland

In Britain, fathers face the same challenges that they do in America as well as in Canada.  Something has gone extremely wrong since the advent of no-fault divorce.  Fathers are treated as a threat by many who currently have power in the area of family law and family courts, as well as the immense industry of specialists (sometimes called the “whores of the court”) that has arisen around divorce, child support and custody matters.  Coming out of court, many fathers are profoundly shaken when they discover they are nothing but a paycheck.  Their manhood, their father hood, all of it comes down to nothing more than money.  What a world we live in.

John Forsyth, of Families Need Fathers (FNF) Scotland, says: “We often hear [them saying]: ‘I felt I was assumed to be guilty of something, but the stronger I argued my case to carry on being the father to my kids, the more I could see suspicion in their eyes.’”

Fathers talk about the court process being profoundly shocking, feeling as if they are on trial and can only have contact if they can prove their worth.

via Inside Track: Time to speak up for the rights of fathers | Herald Scotland.

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Fathers’ rights activist Tim Haries found guilty of defacing Queen portrait, painting by Australian-born artist | News.com.au

A MAN has been found guilty of defacing an Australian artist’s portrait of the Queen with purple paint while it was hanging in Westminster Abbey.

Tim Haries, a Fathers4Justice campaigner, told jurors he vandalised the STG160,000 ($296,000) oil painting to highlight the “social justice issue of our time”.

He had denied a charge of causing criminal damage of more than STG5000 ($A9300) but was on Wednesday found guilty by jurors at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

The 42-year-old father-of-two smuggled a can of purple spray paint into the abbey on June 13 before scrawling the word “help” on the painting by Australian artist Ralph Heimans.

Haries looked straight ahead as the verdict was announced in front of a public gallery full of supporters, many of them dressed in purple, the colour adopted by the campaign group.

Jurors heard that, moments after committing the act, Haries told a steward at the abbey: “Sorry mate, I’ve got nothing against the Queen” before telling a police officer he was “guilty as charged”.

Prosecutor Allister Walker said Haries shouted “fathers for justice” as he put the graffiti on the large oil painting before being tackled to the ground by steward Peter Crook.

via Fathers’ rights activist Tim Haries found guilty of defacing Queen portrait, painting by Australian-born artist | News.com.au.

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My take on the Thomas Ball case | Dr. Helen Smith

Here is some commentary on the Thomas Ball case.

If you don’t know the story by now, Thomas Ball is the New Hampshire man who set himself on fire on the courthouse steps and left a 15-page note outlining the abusive family court system and his reasons for killing himself. Many of you have emailed or commented about this case (thanks very much) here and I think his story is an important one in understanding the psychological and physical damage that the law is inflicting on men in this country. Here is an excerpt from Mr. Ball’s statement that I think makes some very salient points:

I am due in court the end of the month. The ex-wife lawyer wants me jailed for back child support. The amount ranges from $2,200. to $3,000. depending on who you ask. Not big money after being separated over ten years and unemployed for the last two. But I do owe it. If I show up for court without the money and the lawyer say jail, then the judge will have the bailiff take me into custody. There really are no surprises on how the system works once you know how it actually works. And it does not work anything like they taught you in high school history or civics class.

I could have made a phone call or two and borrowed the money. But I am done being bullied for being a man. I cannot believe these people in Washington are so stupid to think they can govern Americans with an iron fist. Twenty-five years ago, the federal government declared war on men. It is time now to see how committed they are to their cause. It is time, boys, to give them a taste of war.

I saw over at Antifeminist tech blog that some are trying to cover up this story, while others, such as man-hater Amanda Marcotte said that Bell’s goal was to use his fiery death to “make his ex-wife’s life a living hell.” This twisted “analysis” is hardly worthy of a response, but I will say that if Ball wanted to make his ex’s life a living hell, killing himself was not the answer. The ex may not have even given a damn.

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via My take on the Thomas Ball case | Dr. Helen Smith.

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Fatherless Day Rallies

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www.fathers-4-justice.us

www.f4j.com

Friday, June 17th, 2011 at YOUR capitol state house

LOBBY with your Legislators from 9am until Noon

RALLY outside YOUR Capitol from Noon until 3pm

WHY? Because children need BOTH fit and willing parents as active participants in their lives. Please JOIN us and help raise attention about unfair practices of this country’s ANTI-Family court system. Bring the Kids! Everyone is invited. Send us pictures from YOUR state. We have pictures from 8 states ca wv co cn il in ky ny. Where is YOUR state pictures.

Call (614) 448-3276 | Email info@f4j.us

Planning and Organizing groups.yahoo.com/group/nationalfatherlessdayrally

Donald Tenn

Fathers-4-Justice

Event Organizer

(916) 838-6291

donald@f4j.us

Mike Russo

Fathers-4-Justice

Central States Coordinator

(314) 660-1819

 

Fred Schuler

Fathers-4-Justice

Eastern Events Coordinator

(321) 446-0234

fred.schuler@f4j.us

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GIVE US EQUAL RIGHTS!

This article highlights how truly insane family policies are in Britain.  Things really aren’t  that much better here in the States.  The willingness of social agencies and the courts to intrude into the relationship of fathers and their children is truly disturbing.  One wonders just how far it can go before people fight back with violence.

A group of Fathers Rights campaigners took their message to the courts on Friday.

 

Three Cornish dads dressed in the now well-known trademark garb of superheroes adopted by the ‘F4J’ movement.

‘New Fathers for Justice’ is a breakaway movement from the original founded by Matt O’Connor, which has changed direction from superhero protests.

Lee pledged: “The main protest today is in Truro, but the Eden Project and Jamaica Inn could also be targeted in the future.

“There has been talk of a putting a superhero parrot on the roof of Jamaica Inn for some time. Expect the unexpected.”

The protestors called on the Truro Magistrates Courts where many family cases are heard and also at the St Austell offices of a court bureaucracy.

‘Cafcass’ are a nationwide network of family court officials who job is to dictate how much time a parent sees their child for.

If parents break up and a mother will not allow a father to see his children, he has to go to law, and will be forced to prove to a Cafcass officer that he is a fit parent.

This most commonly involves the officer ‘observing’ the child and father together for approximately an hour, and taking notes.

The officer then writes a report which recommends how much time the father should spend with their child.

It is a system lifted directly from criminal trials, in which probation officers observe criminals and recommend the right punishment.

But all parents applying to the courts to see their children must be scrutinised by Cafcass.

Criminals only face probation officers if they are convicted.

Another key difference between the family and the criminal courts is that the family courts are held in secret.

There are no juries, no press are allowed in, and the burden of proof is reversed.

Protestor Lee said the system was “wholly wrong” and his group planned to cause “whatever disruption necessary”.

The campaigners say opening the courts to the public and forcing them to give children equal time with parents would end their “injustice”,

They claim such a reform would ultimately see an end to a multi-billion pound bureaucracy of officials and lawyers that has grown up around marital breakdown.

One of the protestors has been made subject to a punitive gagging order by the Cornish family courts.

He spoke out but asked to be named only as ‘Paul’ because of the order, which denies him free speech.

The 28 year old said: “My ex-wife has made my life a living hell by constantly disrupting my arranged time with my son.

“He’s three, and such a lovely little lad. I love spending time with him when I am allowed, but it’s deeply wrong that I should have to fight the system in order to do the right thing.

“I feel I’m fighting a losing battle but I’m not giving up. I just don’t see why fathers should not get equality after family breakdown?”

A long-anticipated review by the coalition Government into family law rejected the demands of fathers rights groups out of hand last month.

The review was announced a year ago as soon as David Cameron and Nick Clegg gained power.

The Government appointed Treasury Official David Norgrove to conduct the review

He in turn appointed as high profile divorce lawyer as his assistant: fathers rights groups have called the resultant report, published on April 1st, “farcical”.

Lee said: “The family court system remains a pantomime. It exists purely to provide enrichment for lawyers and experts behind closed doors.

“Nothing less than an automatic presumption of equal contact with the children when the

parents split as a starting point will do.

“This will give both parents equal parity of rights to see the children. We just want dads to have equal status … same as Mum.”

via GIVE US EQUAL RIGHTS! | Cornwall Community News.

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Father’s Rights protestor to burn census form next weekend (From Andover Advertiser)

A FATHERS’ rights protestor is due to publicly burn her census form in Andover to highlight, what she sees as, a failure by the Government to recognise families in the recent review of the family courts.

To highlight her action, 39-year-old Nadine O’Connor, who lives in Andover, says she will ignite the form in full view of cabinet minister Sir George Young’s office.

Nadine, the campaign manager for the Fathers 4 Justice organisation, met Sir George at the House of Commons in March, but says the burning of the form is a fitting protest.

She said: “It is a barely- known fact this government does not recognise the right in law for parents to see their children.

“If the government doesn’t recognise me and the parents I represent, it doesn’t recognise us as a citizen so I won’t be counted.

“I am willing to go to court and face the maximum fine over this year’s Census in order to raise awareness of the fundamental basic human rights to be a parent and to have a family life.”

The campaigners say that, before the election, Sir George and the Conservative Party’s position on the Census was that it was ‘increasingly invasive and intrusive… [and] will erode public support, cost more and result in a less accurate survey’.

via Father’s Rights protestor to burn census form next weekend (From Andover Advertiser).

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Protestor denies gunpowder plot

FatherA FATHERS’ rights campaigner planned a gunpowder plot to gain publicity for his cause, a court heard yesterday.

Matthew Lloyd Starmore, 31, of Berthon Road, Little Mill, was arrested on October 30, 2009, after police found ammunition and gunpowder at the Newport guest house where he was living, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

They also found a notebook in Starmore’s room, which talked about the start of a nation-wide campaign which would see “the most dramatic and climactic and most hard-hitting series of events to hit Wales since World War Two.”

The book also talked about “shutting down some of the city’ most fundamental necessities, pulling emergency services and police tactile units from far and further afield,” and contained references to Newport’s Transporter Bridge, Father’s For Justice and reforms about how fathers get access to their children.

Starmore denies three counts of possessing explosives and ammunition including gunpowder, 24 rounds, and 108 bullet heads. He also denies dishonestly receiving these items knowing or believing they had been stolen.

Richard Griffiths, prosecuting, said police went to the Corporation Road guest house to arrest Starmore’s co-defendant David Hodge for dishonesty offences when they found the explosive material in Hodge’s room.

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Superheroes and religious leader drop in for CSA demo

Andrew James, Samantha Haynes, Owen Smith , Adrian Phelps, Michael Hallett, Jeremy Pogue, Gary Roe. Buy Photo: 391045MA GROUP of dads, dressed as Spiderman, Superman, Batman and even the Pope demonstrated outside the Waterfront-based Child Support Agency in a bid for fairer rights for fathers.The activists, from New Fathers 4 Justice, who are known for their high profile antics as they campaign for fathers’ rights, disrupted the Monday morning arrival of CSA staff, who they claim are targeting them for maintenance.

The dads and one mum travelled from all over the country for the demonstration as they called for increased and fairer rights for fathers.

Organiser Gary Roe, from Derbyshire, who dressed as the religious leader, said: “We do pay for our children and we don’t have a problem with that, but we would like to see them. Why should we have to go to court to get contact.

“I feel very strongly about the CSA, they used to tell me I wasn’t paying any maintenance for my child when I was regularly.”

He added: “A lot of people think we are a load of idiots who just get on roofs, but we have to get noticed as just writing to your MP doesn’t get you anywhere.”

A spokesman for the Child Support Agency, said: “The Child Support Agency arranges and collects maintenance payments on behalf of almost 850,000 children and will not be intimidated or deterred from that task.

“Child maintenance is a separate issue from the custody of children, which is a matter for the courts.

“All separated parents are free to make their own private maintenance arrangements if they are able to, or pay maintenance through the CSA according to a formula laid down by Parliament.

“If anyone feels they have been unfairly treated by the Agency there is an independent complaints process.”

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Graffiti attack on minister’s home

The graffiti on the gate of Jonathan Djanogly's home

The graffiti on the gate of Jonathan Djanogly’s home

Graffiti appearing to support fathers campaigning for equal access rights to children has been sprayed on the Alconbury home of Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly.

The message “New F4J” (Fathers for Justice) and “50-50” was sprayed on the Huntingdon MP’s gate. Police said they were investigating the graffiti, which was discovered yesterday, but could have been there since October 24.

“Captain Equality” from the New Fathers 4 Justice organisation said he did not know who was responsible. He said: “We were promised a meeting with the justice team which was dropped.”
Mr Djanogly did not want to comment.
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Government Abducts Newborn Daughter From U.S. Federal Resistors

A few readers may be shocked at this week’s headlines “Government officials remove couple’s newborn baby due to father’s involvement with anti-totalitarian group.” A few, but probably not many of us.

Oath Keepers

When people espouse beliefs not in line with Federal goals it may be time to start impressing children’s minds before they get to public schools. Younger is better according to New Hampshire, where a couple’s newborn baby was taken from them by officials because the father is involved with a group opposed to government suppression.

New parents Stephanie and Johnathan say their child was taken from them and placed into public care solely because the baby’s father Johnathan Irish has links to a Constitutionalist organization known as the ‘Oath Keepers’.

A state official has however cited domestic violence and child abuse allegations as the reason for the abduction.

Parents in this case however, deny allegations. On Friday they staged a demonstration outside Concord Hospital, a public protest at their child being removed from their care just hours after her birth.

Stephanie and Johnathan were joined by demonstrators rallying against what they termed the state’s unconstitutional interference in a family matter.

Oath Keepers is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 which advocates that its members uphold the U.S. Constitution and when necessary resist unconstitutional actions of the government.

Mr Irish claims police officers and state officials took his daughter away on Wednesday because of his involvement in the group.

The Division for Children, Youth and Families, however, said the authorities took the child away because the father has a record of violence and abuse.

According to the statement, a judge decided action should be taken given the ‘lengthy history of domestic violence’ between the parents. They did not state what that was, only that their documents say the mother has “failed to recognize the impact of domestic violence in her life and the potential danger it poses to a newborn baby”, while Mr Irish had ‘not acknowledged any responsibility to date and remains a significant safety risk to an infant in his care… Without the intervention of the court, the infant will be at risk of harm’. Court papers referenced, “The Oath Keepers,” described as a ‘militia’, and the fact Mr Irish had a number of run-ins with Epsom police over firearms.

via Government Abducts Newborn Daughter From U.S. Federal Resistors.

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