Once upon a time, women stayed home, took care of the household and had the primary responsibility for raising children. In the event of a divorce, she would receive support for the children and a specified maintenance award to tide her over until she remarried. Most men were sympathetic figures who were good providers and wanted to stay involved in their children’s lives and support them.
The advent of no-fault divorce and couples who don’t marry changed that. Now, more than half of all marriages end in divorce, and 70 percent of these are initiated by the wife; women also win custody an estimated 85 – 90 percent of the time. There has also been a concurrent epidemic of children living in poverty due to dead-beat and absentee fathers, and the laws in family courts have changed to reflect this trend and protect children from the economic fallout of divorce and non-support. These laws were necessary and good for the children, women who are unable to find employment that will support a family and society at large. However, what started out as a way to level the paying filed, hold men accountable and ensure that the needs of their children are being met has turned into what some critics call a ‘War on Fatherhood.’ The idea of the ‘irresponsible, dead-beat dad’ has been perpetuated by the entertainment and news media until it has become social canon.
You don’t have to go far to hear horrors stories of men who have been cut out of their children’s lives with little or no recourse. There’s a perception that laws meant to protect women are being used by women to game the family court system. In an effort to protect abused women, the laws have made it easier for women to use these same laws to their advantage to separate men from their children, with little to know evidence necessary to back their claims. Whether these perceptions are true, or these practices as widespread as they appear, the fact is that men are feeling unfairly taken advantage of in divorce and custody situations.
Due to this perception that men get the short end of the divorce and custody process, law firms like Cordell & Cordell, that specialize in men’s rights in family court, are opening up all the time. Check local law firms or Internet listings to find such a practice in your area.
I recently discovered this review of *Taken Into Custody *by the popular libertarian writer and editor William Grigg. Though published some time ago, I did not know about this review. This is ironic, for I have been reading and admiring Grigg’s writings for some time. He was especially good (and widely quoted) on the child confiscations of the Texas polygamists. *The Judicial War On Fatherhood* *The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers. * Dick the Butcher, adding his contribution to Jack Cade‘s Utopian promises, from Shakespeare’s Henry VI, pt. II (Act 4, scene 2) “Mos… more »
Glenn Sacks has written a stimulating essay on What Will the Obama Presidency Mean for Fathers?, with a list of positives and negatives. He invites us to contribute to the discussion, which I shall do here: *Positive: *As Governor of Iowa, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack promoted custody reform that would strengthen families. The rest of his record on family issues is highly questionable. *Negative: *Like all presidents, Obama will reward his supporters with jobs, money, and power. His principal constituencies are the bar associations, social work bureaucracies, and feminist organ… more »
If fathers are ever going to break through to expose the injustices of the divorce machiner, we must form alliances with other parents in similar plights and take the moral high ground to defend the family generally. Many non-divorced parents are increasingly aware of the threats to their children from not only the culture but also the government. Among these are home-schoolers (who are often accused of “educational neglect,” a form of child abuse) and other parents falsely accused of child abuse. All these parents (and all parents) experience the jackboot of the state coming between… more »
My new article, “Divorced from Reality,” is just published by *Touchstone* magazine. *Touchstone *is a highly prestigious and influential journal of public affairs from a Christian perspective. This article is something of a synopsis of my book, *Taken Into Custody*. The editors are already reporting an enormous response. To send a letter to the editor, click here. *It is absolutely imperative that the churches be intimately involved in this struggle.* Consider how essential the churches were to the civil rights movement. This is even more critical, because it pertains to marriage,… more »
This review of Kathleen Parker’s new book, *Save the Males*, was apparently never posted on the *Human Events* website, so here is the text in full. *Human Events, vol. 64, no 41 (24 November 2008)* *Men: The New Victim Group* *by Stephen Baskerville* “The last thing we need in America is yet another victim group,” writes columnist John Leo, “this one made up of seriously aggrieved males.” Yet he devotes the column to the dangers of male-bashing. Men seldom complain about negative “stereotypes,” from fear of appearing petty. So Kathleen Parker has performed a valuable service in … more »
After much hesitation, I have decided to enter the world of blogging. Here I want to call attention to the worst excesses of the divorce regime. In particular, I do not think enough attention is given to its increasingly totalitarian tendencies, even by fathers’ groups and other critics. I will try to update my book, Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family, with items that come to light since the book was published to and show how the book explains the frightening developments that continue to emerge from the government’s dangerous machinery. Since the … more »
I just learned that my scholarly article, “The Dangerous Rise of Sexual Politics”, has been published by *The Family in America*, the journal of the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society. Despite the date on the issue, it was just recently published. You can request hard copies from the Howard Center. The Dangerous Rise of Sexual Politics *Islamic radicalism may be creating a “clash of civilizations,” but sexual radicalism is undermining the social foundation of all civilization.* By Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D.* **Stephen Baskerville teaches political science at Patrick Hen… more »
Important mainstream attention to the injustices of child support recently appeared on the blog of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. CEI is a respected and influential free market think tank. Hans Bader writes: This financial havoc can’t be justified by claiming that divorced fathers had it coming: most divorces in this country are no-fault divorces initiated by wives, rather than husbands (wives initiate about two-thirds of all divorces, according to data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics, and the many studies reviewed by Sanford Braver of Arizona State Un… more »
Today’s interview on the Dennis Prager show is available for listening on their internet site. Please send this to your local media and politicians. We need more media exposure to get this on the agenda. Thanks to all the people who called in, or tried to, and for all the encouragement. They have also posted the earlier show (Dec. 19, 2007) on the same site.
I will be interviewed on two radio shows today: At 10:20 Eastern Time: The Bill & Joel Morning Show on WDUN Radio, Georgia http://www.wdun.com/billjoel-06.asp Call-in information: (770) 535-2911, 1-800-552-WDUN, or *star 550 on AT&T Wireless At 3:10 Eastern Time: Ken Pittman on WBSM Radio, Massachusetts http://www.wbsm.com/ http://www.wbsm.com/showdj.asp?DJID=25654 I cannot find a call-in number, but the general number is 508.998.1188. It appears that you can listen to both these shows from their internet site.
Over the next few weeks I will be doing a series of radio interviews based on my book *Taken Into Custody*. These are arranged with help from a generous benefactor with the cooperation of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children (ACFC). The firm helping with arrangements, Spence Media, report that “your topic really hit a cord” with producers, and they are eager to have me on. This indicates that we should be much more aggressive in pursuing media for our cause. The media and the public are sympathetic and anxious to hear our message. Here is a tentative list of upcoming show… more »
A review of *Taken Into Custody* has just been published by the economist Jennifer Roback-Morse in the prestigious scholarly journal, *The Family in America*. She reviewed it together with Alec Baldwin’s book on his divorce ordeal, *A Promise to Ourselves*, so it is sure to get attention. An excerpt is below. *The Family in America* has been expanded into a full-length journal and contains other valuable articles on the family. In fact, I have an article due out in the next issue. http://www.familyinamerica.org/roback.php Excerpts: “With penetrating insight, the political scientist… more »
My article, “Married to the State,” has just been published in *The American Conservative*, online edition. 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” “The Fathers’ War” “Violence Against Families” ****************************** *Married to the StateHow government colonizes the family* By Stephen Baskerville In 1947, with the baby boom in its infancy and few disposed to hearing of family cr… more »
The criminalization of fathers and parents generally is closely followed by the criminalization of children, especially boys. One manifestation is new laws against “bullying”, another new quasi-crime with no precise definition. According to the Associated Press this week, “Anti-bullying laws lack any regular enforcement” (*The Washington Times*, 15 September 2009, p. B3.). This is not surprising. Georgia is said to have an anti-bullying law that is “among the toughest in the nation”, according to the AP. But against what and whom precisely does it protect? Apparently “the state does… more »
My article, “Molested by the State,” is published today on WorldNetDaily: ———————————————- Molested by the state ———————————————- Posted: September 12, 2009 1:00 am Eastern By Stephen Baskerville © 2009 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 b… more »
Prejudices & discrimination based on a person’s sex, social status, gender or race too often rule in U.S. courtrooms!
Pat Fagan’s paper delivered at the World Congress of Families in Amsterdam last month, mentioned in the last post, is available here. Note this important passage toward the end: …in the protection of the family, men have the special role of being the primary protector. Thus, in this political competition for peaceful coexistence, the male needs to especially engage the increasingly hostile state and the polygamy culture whenever it “raids” the territory of his family’s domain. … We can wait no longer; we need men of courage and energy. We are looking for the first few.
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 destructi… more »
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 i… more »
Review: Carle Zimmerman, Family and Civilization
My review of Carle Zimmerman’s classic *Family and Civilization*, recently reissued by ISI Books, has just been published in *Society*, a very prestigious scholarly journal. Society is not esoteric or highly specialized, and so it is very influential. Unfortunately, it is not online, and *Society *is very scrupulous about guarding its copyright. Information on how to obtain a copy and the first page are on the links below. Unlike today’s advocates for the family, Zimmerman (writing in 1947) has a lot to say about divorce and its role in family deterioration. He also emphasized the … more »
Beginning last semester at Patrick Henry College (Spring 2009), I taught a new course entitled “The Family in Political Thought.” I know of no such course at any other higher education institution (though I am indebted to Allan Carlson of the Howard Center, who did recently teach “Intellectual History of the Natural Family in Western Civilization” at Hillsdale College), and I am grateful to Patrick Henry College for making this possible. At PHC, 87% of the students have been homeschooled, and the curriculum focuses on classical Christian liberal arts, so it is natural for a course … more »
The letters below were published in the April issue of Touchstone magazine. They were never posted online, but the editors have graciously granted permission to circulate them by email and for posting. They are in response to my article, “Divorced from Reality”, in the January-February issue (which is online, below, so please continue to circulate it). Notice this striking line from the first letter: “Before my own experience, my tendency was to look down condescendingly on divorced people and, for the most part, blame the men. My attitude, of course, changed drastically when it hap… more »
Here is a short piece I just published in *Mandate*, the newsletter of the Anglican Prayer Book Society. It makes a radical proposal at the end and might be worth showing to your pastors, priests, and fellow parishioners. They have several pieces on marriage in this and the previous issue. http://pbsusa.org/Mandate/Mandate_2009-05-06_WEB_pp13-16.pdf
Who we are – http://www.Votefamily.us For Family Restoration and Protection We are Patriots who love our constitution and families We are Regular citizens. We are Patriots; we love the One True Living God, U.S.A and the U.S Constitution We are Not…Read More
The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star has published at least 5 replies to Thomas Savage, including one from me (below). As you can see, they all testify to the truth the divorce industry is trying to suppress. This debate should be taking place in every newspaper in the America and the Western world. http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2009/042009/04102009/457702 *Bravo for Baskerville expose of divorce court*Date published: 4/10/2009 Thank you for publishing Stephen Baskerville’s op-ed. It’s quite accurate in describing the injustices that are perpetrated in divorce courts in the U.S…. more »
An op-ed length version of my Touchstone magazine article recently appeared in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: To send a letter to the editor, go to: http://fredericksburg.com/Feedback/sendLetterForm *An Unmarried Husband: Unwelcome RealityDivorced From Reality* Date published: 3/29/2009 *Stephen Baskerville is associate professor of government at Patrick Henry College and author of “Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family” (Cumberland House). This column is adapted from an article in the Jan.-Feb. issue of Touchstone magazine.* The decline of … more »
William Grigg has again featured *Taken Into Custody* on his excellent and highly respected blog Pro Libertate. His earlier review is here.