Monday, May 21, 2007

Bermuda needs shared parenting

Stephen Baskerville writes:
Virtually every social pathology of our time — from violent crime to substance abuse to truancy — correlates more strongly to fatherless homes than to any other single factor, surpassing poverty and race.

Family courts, assisted by social services agencies and other government authorities, routinely take children away from fathers (and sometimes mothers) who have done nothing legally wrong and for reasons that have nothing to do with the children’s wishes, safety, health, or welfare. Most abuse of children takes place in homes without fathers.

Today in Bermuda, America, Britain, and other democracies, citizens who are under no suspicion of legal wrongdoing, find themselves summoned to court, stripped of their children, and even subject to criminal proceedings, not for recognised public crimes, but for how they conduct their private lives.

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