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The Last Father’s Day? An End-Times Father’s Day Message

June 19, 2015

2 Timothy chapter 3 warns us of the final generation that is coming in the last days: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”  St. Paul prophetically foretold  what the last generation would look like as they act out their contempt for Jesus Christ.  The question that all the generations before us asked as they read this passage was: “What could create such a depraved generation?  And why will it be so different from all the generations that came before?”

If you are 45 years old, you were alive to see what no one has ever seen in all of history before you: you were alive to witness the enactment of no-fault divorce laws that weakened and undermined the bond of marriage.  Only a couple years after that, you were alive to see the legalization of infanticide otherwise known as abortion.  And of course today we’re all witnessing this satanic trifecta being completed as homosexual marriage perverts the very sanctity of marriage itself.

There’s an ancient Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.”  Because there isn’t much of a show for the neighbors when a family is contented and happy and peaceful the way there is when there is screaming and violence and the police come.  We are living out the curse of “interesting times” today as our entire society dissolves into chaos and depravity.  We watch these interesting times on our television screens as cities burn down on a regular basis as the children of broken families grow up to riot and loot and burn and murder.  And that’s not just going on in Detroit or Chicago or Cleveland or Baltimore or Ferguson; our very own city is on the list as being one of the 100 most violent cities in America.  2 Timothy 3 is literally HERE in these evil last days.

And I submit to you that much of that chaos and depravity and deterioration of society can be traced to the destruction of fatherhood by a demonic culture that is rapidly preparing to worship the beast of Revelation and take his mark on their right hands, or on their foreheads.

How does God relate to us?  Do we pray, “Our Mother which art in heaven…”  No.  God relates to us as our FATHER.

Now, every good thing that is in women and in mothers comes from God; for how did God create us?  Genesis 1:27 says it very clearly: “So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”  Every good thing that is feminine comes from God, just as every good thing that is masculine comes from the same God who created us all in His image.  But I believe that while Satan has a hatred of wives and mothers, he has a special hatred for husbands and fathers and for fatherhood, because God reveals Himself as Father and because Satan knows that if he can dissolve the bond between a child and a father, that he can dissolve the bond between a Father God and a generation that doesn’t even know what a father is.

There are so many among us today who have profound difficulty relating to Father God because they look at their own lives and realize, “My father abandoned me.  My father was never there for me.  My father beat us.  My father was a mean drunk.  My father hurt me.  And now I’m supposed to find comfort and love and fulfillment in a Father?”  In these last days we are seeing as never before the demonic arsenal arrayed against men, against husbands, against fathers.

Fatherhood is under demonic attack and as a result of that attack families have collapsed into dysfunction, ignorance, poverty, and violence; but Christian families can be salt and light to the world as Christian husbands model Christ and as Christian wives submit to his leadership and support him.

The decline in marriage during my lifetime due to the war on marriage and abortion has been stunning.  The rate of marriage has dropped SIXTY PERCENT in the time since I was a six year old boy in 1970Children living with their mother only has increased by over 129 percent.  And the polls prove that acceptance of out-of-wedlock births has skyrocketed even as the rate of marriage has plunged: from 41% in 2002 – which was awful enough – to an overwhelming majority of 61% acceptance of out-of-wedlock births today.  Just in my lifetime.  What effect has had on our society?  On our kids?

As terrible a blow to marriage as no-fault divorce was, I believe that abortion has been far, far deadlier to marriage and to the families that marriages bind together.  To give you an idea of how murderous the abortion industry has been, allow me to provide a comparison: What was the worst, the bloodiest, the deadliest war in all of human history?  World War II.  How many died?  We have an official toll: across the world, on all sides, civilian and military combined, 56,125,262 human beings died during World War II.   Get ready for a hard punch in the gut: As of January 2014 the number of abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973 totaled 56,662,169.  In America’s war against its own children we have now exceeded the death toll of the deadliest and most vicious war in the history of the human race.  We have literally murdered ten times more of our own babies than Hitler murdered Jews in the Holocaust.  Or consider the Vietnam War with its 58,000 U.S. servicemen killed in action.  A million is a thousand thousand: for every U.S. soldier who was killed during the Vietnam War, we have now murdered more than one thousand of our own children!  I think of Psalm 139:13: “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  I think of Jeremiah 1:5 and the God who declared, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”

Science is actually clear on what abortion kills: we have a rigorous system of taxonomy that classifies every single living thing.  And from the very moment of conception when a man and a woman first produce a child, that zygote in the womb is classified aas follows: Kingdom-Animal, Phylum-chordata, Class-Mammalia, Order-Primate, Family-Hominid, Genus-Homo and Species-Sapiens.  It is classified as homo-sapiens, just as you and I are classified as homo-sapiens.  Logic and philosphy are just as clear: that tiny little baby girl in the womb is “human” by virtue of her parents, she is a “being” vy virtue of the fact that she exists: she is a human being.  The Word of God, religion, science, philosophy and logic all intersect here to uphold the sanctity of innocent human life in the womb.  But in these last days we are no longer a society capable of caring about such things.  Abortion is a grave moral evil; it is the genocide of the very most innocent of human life in the very place where it ought to be the very safest: in mommy’s womb.

But stop and think about what abortion has done; it didn’t just kill a baby; it kills fatherhood itself.  That is because abortion is based on the premise that at the moment of conception that is NOT a baby in the womb; that is NOT a precious human being.  It’s just a thing inside a woman’s body and so it’s her property and so she can kill it.  At the moment of conception, does a father really father a child?  No!  Not if abortion is legitimate!!!  He has merely contributed to an inanimate, non-sentient lump of goop and nothing more.  And what is his “fatherhood” worth when what he conceived is a worthless thing that can be killed at a woman’s whim?  Not much.

In Satan’s hatred for God and contempt for Fatherhood, fathers are NOT fathers and have NO right to their children.  Given that fatherhood has been trivialized to nothing, given that fathers are now denied the most basic right to even the very life of their own children, given the destruction of what was once the sacred bond of marriage, the glue that kept fathers cemented to their families has been dissolved.  And this has resulted is the terrible times foretold by 2 Timothy chapter 3.

Fatherhood is under demonic attack.  Satan hates fathers because Satan hates the God who has revealed Himself as a Father.  And it is THIS generation that has seen Satan descend in all-out war against fathers and against fatherhood.

And as a result of that demonic attack families have collapsed into poverty, drug addiction, ignorance, suicide and violence.  Girls have lost the love and approval of their fathers; boys don’t even have a clue what it means to be a man.  And what is the cost to children and to society?  Some statistics:

Poverty:  Children living in female-headed families with no father present had a poverty rate of 47.6 percent, over 4 times the rate in married-couple families.  Drug addiction: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states, “Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse.”  Again: according to US Department of Justice statistics, 70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.  Ignorance: 71% of high school dropouts are fatherless; fatherless children have more trouble academically, scoring poorly on tests of reading, mathematics, and thinking skills; children from father-absent homes are more likely to be truant from school, more likely to be excluded from school, more likely to leave school at age 16, and less likely to attain academic and professional qualifications in adulthood.   Dropouts: According to the National Principals Association Report, 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.   Behavior disorders: According to the Center for Disease Control, 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  Runaway children:  90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.  Teen pregnancy: Girls whose fathers left when they were young  were seven to eight times more at risk of becoming pregnant than adolescent than girls living with their fathers.  A father’s departure between ages 6 to13 suggested a two to three times greater risk of becoming pregnant.   Suicides: According to the US Dept. Of Health, 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes– 5 times the average.  Crime and violence: Over the past thirty years, the rise in violent crime parallels the rise in families abandoned by fathers.  Again: High-crime neighborhoods are characterized by high concentrations of families abandoned by fathers.  Again: The rate of violent teenage crime corresponds with the number of families abandoned by fathers.  How about this one: 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.   Rapists: 80% of rapists come from fatherless homes –14 times the average.

But mark this,” St. Paul soberly warned in 2 Timothy 3, There will be terrible times in the last days.”  And here they are as they have never been in the whole history of the world.  When I was a child, the world wasn’t like this.  Ignorance has begotten more ignorance and immorality has begotten more immorality as we grow more and more evil at a faster and faster rate.

Satan knew exactly what he was doing when he attacked the sanctity of marriage, because marriage is the bond that holds families together and makes them strong.  Satan knew exactly what he was doing when he attacked fathers and undermined fatherhood.  Because if dad is out of the picture that family is vulnerable.   And this nation and millions of families bear the scars of the devil’s work.

Our toxic culture is not paying attention to men anymore.  It refuses to honor men, respect them, submit to their authority.  It’s become a cultural norm to disregard men, husbands, fathers.  Is this working for the world?  Is anyone willing to try the way God ordained His creation to function?

It shouldn’t be like this for Christians.  After listing a host of sins that were similar to the kind of depravity we’re seeing all around us today, St. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:11, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”  Or as Hebrews 6:9 says, “…we are convinced of better things in your case…”  We don’t have to be like the world; we should NOT be like the world.

There is an ad campaign for adoption that goes, “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.”  And of course NONE of us is perfect, are we?  But you know what?  I think that’s only HALF right: because I declare that if you are a parent looking down at your baby and you don’t WANT to be perfect for your child, there’s something wrong.  And if you don’t want to be a perfect wife or a perfect husband for your spouse, there is something wrong.  If you’re a true Christian you should ALL want to be perfect as you put on Christ.  Let me declare that we Christians are the only ones in the world with the perfect role model for perfection: because we alone uniquely have Jesus.  We alone uniquely have the Word of God that is God’s instruction manual for living a good and godly life.

There are a lot of people who misunderstand the Bible and think God is some giant misogynist who hates and oppresses women.  But let’s look at a man’s and a husband’s and a father’s role: who did God create and ordain and equip to protect the other?  A man lays his life down for his wife and family.  Ephesians 5:25 declares, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.”  Husbands are to be willing to literally give up their lives to protect their wives and kids.  Just as Christ laid down His life for His Bride, the Church.  That’s a charge to MEN, not to women.  The Bible charges men to sacrificially lay down their very lives; and that’s why it charges women in the same passage of Ephesians 5 to submit to the headship of the men who are charged to sacrifice everything for their wives – just as these same wives submit to the LORD who laid down His life for them.  That’s why Ephesians 5:22 says, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”

I look in the Bible in vain for the concept of women as combat warriors in place of men.  The ONLY two examples of women involved in war in all of Scripture is the story in Judges 4 and 5 of the prophetess and judge Deborah and a woman named Jael.  Deborah as a prophet called out a man named Barak to rise up against the Cannanites.   And Jael tricked the Caananite general Sisera who fled from that defeat by killing him with a tent peg and hammer after she lured him under her rug.  Neither of these women were called to take on a man in any kind of direct, face-to-face fighting.

There are a number of ways a woman can be a powerful Christian warrior: women are powerful prayer warriors whose prayers are as powerful as ANY man’s.  But being a screaming blood-coated soldier on a battlefield is NOT ONE OF THEM.  God did not call upon women to be our fighting machines.  God wanted men to shelter women from violence.  When you confuse the most basic differences between men and women, when you live in a culture that is so sick and so depraved and so blind that it says that women should play the role of men by fighting our wars while men should play the role of women in homosexual bedrooms, when any society flagrantly disregards the proper roles that God ordained for men and women, it is going to meet with disaster and ultimately destruction.

God intended woman to bring out the very best in man: the desire to rise up for the sake of woman and do whatever it takes to protect her, to provide for her, to give her a place of safety and security, to love her and give himself for her the way Christ loved His Church and gave up everything for His Bride and prepares a place for Her.

Instead, Fathers have been conditioned by a sick society to just walk away from their marriages, walk away from their children.  Especially the most helpless of all children living in the wombs of their mothers.  And pity the father who tries to stand up for the life of his child against all the unholy power of a demonic human government hell-bent on defending a woman’s right to kill that child.  But let me tell you something: a godly man will walk away from his wife and children over his own dead body.  Because a godly human father models a heavenly Father who declared according to Deuteronomy 31:6: “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

A husband and a father have the highest calling there can ever be: to lay down his life to protect his wife and family and to daily lead them with that same spirit of sacrificial leadership.  That is not a requirement for a wife and mother, only a husband and father.  And women are commanded by God to honor and respect their men for that and submit to their leadership.  And one of the primary reasons that we are watching our society spiral out of control is our sick and depraved culture’s defiance to obey God displayed by violating God’s created order and neutering men and aborting fatherhood.

But there’s another reason that God ordained that husbands ought to lead and wives ought to submit to that leadership.  We see this very clearly taught in 1 Timothy 2:13-14, which says, “For Adam was formed first, then Eve.   And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.”  God had a purpose in creating man first before woman, and when women take certain forms of leadership over men they are violating and usurping that order.  God created man first to lead.  And when women OR men fail to confine themselves to their created function, but instead undermine or abandon divinely intended roles, spiritual vulnerability into deception and sin naturally follows.  In other words, this passage does not necessarily teach that women are naturally and always more gullible and naïve than are men; I know very shrewd women and I know men you could sell the Golden Gate Bridge to.  What God’s Word is saying is that Eve undermined and usurped the headship of her husband and it was because she was out of God’s intended role that she was more open to being deceived.  Is it true that women tend to be more nurturing, more empathetic, more sensitive, more emotional, and more relationship-oriented than men?   I believe that’s true.  Is it true that men overwhelmingly use the left hemisphere of the brain – which is the seat of logical thinkingsignificantly more than women?  That’s actually a scientific fact.  Women use their entire brain to arrive at decisions; men zero in on the logical/analytic side.  We could go around arguing all day which way is best.  But what St. Paul is saying goes beyond logic or feelings or the different ways men’s and women’s brains function.  St. Pauls’ ultimate point was simply this: When Satan came to Eve, she should have said, “Let me talk to my husband about this.”  But she made the decision herself to eat the fruit, made herself the de facto leader, and as a result was not in a place of godly or wise decision-making.  She was deceived because she left God’s sphere of blessing.

Sportscasters ironically refer to a horrible lack of communication between two teammates that results in an error with the other team scoring as “a husband-and-wife play.”  We saw the ultimate example of that error and score for the devil when Eve usurped Adam’s role as head and followed Satan’s deception without her husband’s participation and left him out of the most important decision in the entire history of the human race.

Don’t forget what Jesus said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”  So stand united.

May I suggest something?  If you are not already doing a daily devotional in the Word of God as husband and wife, please begin doing one every single morning or every single evening.  May I suggest that you pray together as husband and wife, as man and woman, with the man leading as man and wife share God’s Words with one another and pray for one another?  If you do those two things, I believe this promise from Jeremiah 17:7-8 will begin to apply to your marriage: “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.  They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.  Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”

So how then should men lead their wives?  Let’s talk about that.  Remember Ephesians 5:22? “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”  Consider the context of that verse.  Why should wives submit to their husbands?  Verse 23 explains: “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior.”  Which is to say that women should submit to their men because the same God who appointed Christ to be Head of His Bride the Church IN THE SAME WAY appointed men to be the heads of their wives and families.  And therefore men should model Christ for their wives in the same way that Christ modeled Himself for His Bride.  And what does that look like?  Does it look like a dictatorship, even a benign one?  NO!!!.  Jesus said in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Jesus, as the ultimate model for all husbands, led as a Servant-leader Who gave up everything for His Bride.   Philippians 2:3-11 shows us even more clearly what Jesus Christ’s servant leadership looks like: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself.  Do not look out for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.  Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Jesus as God Incarnate revealed that the ultimate nature of the Christ men are to model for their wives is the humble heart of a servant, rather than a tyrant.  Wives, THAT is Who you are ultimately submitting to when you submit to your husbands.  Husbands, if Jesus could get over literally being God and lead with selfless humility, don’t you think you ought to be able to get over being “the man” and lead your wife in the same humble manner???

Let me end with this: According to Genesis 3:9, after the Fall in the Garden, “the LORD God called to the man and said to him ‘Where are you?’”  I want you to notice that God doesn’t call to the woman; and He doesn’t call them both out: God calls the MAN out ALONE.  In Hebrew it is masculine and singular.  It’s as if God looked right at Adam as he hid and said, “I distinctly remember creating a MAN – a REAL man – but there doesn’t seem to be an actual MAN around here!  Where ARE you, real man I created?”

And if you’re a man this morning, a husband, a father, where are YOU?  Too many Christian men, Christian husbands, Christians fathers, are HIDING.  In these last days Christian men must rise up and STAND AS MEN for your wives and your families.  RISE UP the way God created you and ordained you and equipped you to stand up and LEAD.  Your families desperately need you!  And likewise in these last days Christian women and children must throw out the vicious feminist abortion mindset that defiantly screams, “I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE!”  Because the Word of God couldn’t be more clear: NO YOU DON’T.  Christian women, Christian wives, RISE UP and STAND behind your men.  Because the God over both men and women appointed that place as your place and sphere of ultimate blessing.

Why Barack Obama Will Never Solve the Problem of Black Fathers

June 17, 2008

More ‘Just Words’ From Obama
Barack Obama spent part of his Father’s Day “by calling on black fathers, who he said are “missing from too many lives and too many homes,” to become active in raising their children.”

“They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it,” the Democratic presidential candidate said Sunday at a largely black church in his hometown.

“We can’t simply write these problems off to past injustices,” Obama said to applause Sunday. “Those injustices are real. There’s a reason our families are in disrepair, and some of it has to do with a tragic history, but we can’t keep using that as an excuse.”

“Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father,” he said. “It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.”

Obama is being hailed in certain liberal quarters, and assailed in other liberal quarters (for “singling out” black men and “blaming the victim” just like the racist white establishment wants him to).

I don’t disagree with a single word Obama said (as applied to the specific statements quoted above). There is a crisis in the black family that has been taking place for decades. And at the very core of that crisis is the absence of black fathers from the homes of their children. The question is whether we can take any positive steps toward ending the destruction of the black family through liberal approaches.

Let me begin with one of Obama’s “solutions” and play devil’s advocate for a little while.

The AP article states that “Obama often speaks about the importance of parental involvement. In Washington, he’s sponsoring legislation to get more child support money to children by offering a tax credit for fathers who pay support, more efficient collection and penalties for fathers who don’t meet their obligations.”

But how does that view logically square with the sacred liberal doctrine of “a woman’s right to choose“?

How ‘A Woman’s Right to Choose’ Is Inherently Unfair to Men
At the moment a man (white, black, or otherwise) and a woman conceive, standard liberal doctrine is that nothing of any value whatsoever was created. You merely have what the abortion industry lovingly calls the “products of conception.” There is no life in any meaningful sense. There is no child. There’s just valueless, meaningless goo.

Well, that man (please don’t call him a “father“, because you have to have a child to be a father) goes his merry way. And of course, the woman (please don’t call her a “mother” for the same reason as above) gets to go “choose.”

How on earth is the man responsible? He didn’t father a child; he contributed half of the ingredients to some gooey thing called “a zygote” that some leftist philosophers agree will become a child a child at birth (mind you Peter Singer doesn’t think so; a newborn merits fewer “human rights” than does a pig on his view).

Now, on this liberal view, I can see requiring a man to pay for half the cost of an abortion. After all, he was 50% responsible for creating the goo creature “fetus,” and it is only fair that he should be half responsible for taking care of the mess.

But “child support“? Requiring “penalties for fathers who don’t meet their obligations“?

What kind of nonesense is that?

All that poor man did was take part in producing a goo creature. He didn’t “father” “a child.” Liberal theology requires that we affirm that denial.

If he “fathered” “a child,” after all, then logically abortion kills a child. No liberal should tolerate that kind of talk.

And – as wrong as it is to say he “fathered” “a child,” it is even worse to claim that it is in any sense “his” “child.”

If this goo creature “fetus” were “his” “child,” after all, then he would have a right to decide what happens to it. Which he most certainly does not – and MUST NOT – have according to all the tenants of liberal thought that worships “a woman’s right to choose.”

If it is “his child,” then no one could kill it or take it away from him. The goo creature “fetus” is not his child, even in theory: it is not a child at all, and – whatever you want to call the goo creature – it is not his, because the woman and the woman alone gets to make all the decisions for it.

If it is “my shirt” then no one can take it off my back. If it is my dog then you’d BETTER not hurt it. But when it comes to being “a father,” the term “my child” doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot.

Just to make sure we’re tracking together, allow me to restate: According to liberalism, it aint a child, and it certainly aint his. It is nothing more than a goo creature, a thing, the “products of conception,” and ALL rights without a single exception must necessarily go immediately to the woman. A father gets all the rights he deserves in liberal thought: absolutely none.

Now, if a woman subjectively “chooses” to be “a mother,” then suddenly the man who helped produce the goo creature “fetus” becomes “a father,” and he darned better take his responsibility seriously. She gets to choose for both of them. For all three of them, in fact. That is the fundamental injustice of abortion.

It is her sole, solitary decision whether to kill the goo creature or cherish the child. It is her sole, solitary decision whether the man with whom she became pregnant becomes “a father” or not. It is her sole, solitary decision whether the “father” is forced to pay child support or not. And it is generally her decision whether “the father” has visitation rights or not (she can always move away with her child, if nothing else).

Here’s an anology that I really hope some liberal takes me up on. A liberal and I get a car together (make it a Ferrari, as I want nothing less than the very best in all my analogies). I of course get to possess “the right to choose” in this relationship, and I choose that the liberal doesn’t get to drive it. That is my choice. But once a month, when it comes time to make the car payment, I decide that it is the liberal’s Ferrari too – requiring him to meet his obligation and pay support. And dad burn it, Mr. Liberal, “our” car needs a garage, and you sure better not shirk on providing gas for “our car.”

Liberals have been puzzling over this part for decades now. But somehow, for some incomprehensible reason, men (and yes, most definitely black men) don’t seem to appreciate this deal.

How can you possibly hold a man responsible for “child support” when at the time of his involvement it WASN’T a child at all, but merely the “products of conception“? And, given the fact that abortion is strictly “a woman’s right to choose” – with a man being absolutely forbidden from interfering with her decision – how can you possibly require that a man be held accountable for a woman’s decision not to choose abortion when she could easily have done so? Come on: if it used to be a product of conception and subsequently became a child, and if women and women alone get to choose abortion to kill the P.O.C., then whose freakin’ fault is it that that meaningless little P.O.C. became a child?

How does the expression go? Fatherhood and a quarter will get you a cup of coffee (adjust for inflation accordingly).

The liberal doctrine of a woman’s right to choose abortion assumes that women should have only rights, and that men should have only duties imposed upon them. After all, the more stupid an idea is, the more necessary it is to have a fall guy. Otherwise, people might start holding the idiots who came up with the stupid idea responsible.

But there is more. The same root evil underlying abortion has been the root cause resulting in the destruction of the black family.

The Terrible Idea Abortion Shares With American Slavery
Barack Obama’s views on black fathers are nothing new. Bill Cosby spoke out years ago (and was unrelentingly attacked as an “Uncle Tom” for his troubles by so-called “Civil Rights leaders.” And some forty years ago, Senator Patrick Moynihan issued a report trying to understand and help resolve the dilemma of the black family. He too was excoriated by the “black community” for his troubles, and labeled as a racist.

Chapter III of the report, titled, “The Roots of the Problem,” contains the following analysis on why American slavery was so devastating upon its victims.

The most perplexing question abut American slavery, which has never been altogether explained, and which indeed most Americans hardly know exists, has been stated by Nathan Glazer as follows: “Why was American slavery the most awful the world has ever known?” The only thing that can be said with certainty is that this is true: it was.

American slavery was profoundly different from, and in its lasting effects on individuals and their children, indescribably worse than, any recorded servitude, ancient or modern. The peculiar nature of American slavery was noted by Alexis de Tocqueville and others, but it was not until 1948 that Frank Tannenbaum, a South American specialist, pointed to the striking differences between Brazilian and American slavery. The feudal, Catholic society of Brazil had a legal and religious tradition which accorded the slave a place as a human being in the hierarchy of society — a luckless, miserable place, to be sure, but a place withal. In contrast, there was nothing in the tradition of English law or Protestant theology which could accommodate to the fact of human bondage — the slaves were therefore reduced to the status of chattels — often, no doubt, well cared for, even privileged chattels, but chattels nevertheless.

Slavery has always been hard for slaves, but there was something far more sinister to the phenomenon of American slavery. Many peoples have historically become slaves, and yet fully recovered within a fairly short time of the end to their captivity. What was different in the unique case of American slavery was the complete dehumanization of slaves. In contrast to the description of slavery in the Bible, and in contrast to the institution of slavery in Brazil (which endured another 20 years after the United States abolished slavery), American slavery denied the dignity and humanity of Africans in bondage.

It was that denial of humanity and human dignity, more than anything else, that has so traumatized the black descendants of those slaves to this very day.

The horror of abortion, like the horror of American slavery, is that it denies the dignity and humanity of its victim.

When you deny the humanity, dignity, and ultimate incommensurable transcendent worth of a class of human beings, then any depradation or violence can be justified. It was what the American industry of slavery did to blacks, it was what the Holocaust did to Jews, and it is what abortion does to the unborn.

Just as the institution of slavery could not have endured if the human status of blacks was acknowledged, so also the institution of abortion could not endure if the human status of the unborn is acknowledged.

And what impact does that denial of humanity, of human dignity, of transcendent value of the unborn have?

It goes far beyond the status of those who are killed.

If the humanity, dignity, and incommensurable transcendent value of the unborn is recognized, then it necessarily becomes a duty for parents of that marvelous unborn little human being to love, care, and support their child.

This is why ultrasound technology has proven so powerful. The Sep. 30, 2007 Constitutent Insight Report provided concluded that 89% of women who see their unborn children in an ultrasound when seeking an abortion opt out of it and choose to keep the baby. This is because they come to see with their own eyes that their babies are human beings for the first time.

If that status is denied, then the “duty” to love, care, and support becomes a “choice,” and one can choose to love, care and support their child the way they can choose to love their dog. Whether children are precious little human beings or worthless products of conception is entirely up to the choice of the pregnant woman.

Women can renounce any responsibility for the life they helped to create by choosing death for their “products of conception.” Men are denied that recourse, but they can make the philosophically identical choice by choosing to walk away.

If a woman can choose to renounce her child even to the point of choosing to kill it, why shouldn’t a man be able to choose to walk away?

The Abandonment of the Concept of Justice by the Legal System of the Welfare State
Insanity gives birth to more insanity and Injustice gives birth to more injustice, just as a lie gives birth to more lies to cover for the first lie.  Liberals who justify abortion on the grounds that the goo creature who is conceived is most definitely not a child turn around and attempt to force man after man to pay child support in order to fund the welfare state they have created.

Douglas M Richardsonposts his own story of being forced to pay child support to the man who had an affair with his wife. If being a cuckhold isn’t bad enough for you, take your problems before a judge. A man named Andy Bathie who donated sperm to a lesbian couple was made to pay child support, despite having no involvement in the children’s lives.

In Bernie Goldberg’s book Bias, he includes a chapter titled “Targeting Men.” He related a 1998 story he covered “that would have sent shivers down Kafka’s spine,” about a man named John Johnson who was forced to pay child support for a woman he’d never even met based on a legal technicality. He described the case of Tony Jackson, a working class black man with a wife and family, who was put on the hook by the court for $13,000 in child support even after a DNA test proved he was not the father. An undercover LA police officer was similarly ordered to pay $14,000 in child support based on the affidavit of a former girlfriend even though he was similarly cleared by a DNA test (see pp. 144-147).

A man would get fairer treatment by being cast into a pit of starving feral dogs than he would receive at the hands of a typical liberal family court judge. At least he could have a chance to fight the feral dogs.

The very theory of abortion based upon a woman’s right to choose fundamentally denies men equal rights under the law.

And if, after all, the life of a baby is up to “a woman’s right to choose,” then what does fatherhood amount to? Basically, the prestige and power of fatherhood, like what was once said about the vice presidency, is “not worth a bucket of warm spit.” Why stick around? Being a father means nothing. The goo creature you conceived certainly isn’t worth anything.

The Logic of Abortion Annihilates Objective Human Value
Look at a newborn baby and consider, “You are here only because your mother chose to let you live. If she had chosen differently, you would not be a human being; you would have merely been yet another goo creature to be dismembered and sucked out of a womb.”

That is quite a foundation for recognizing and affirming human value, isn’t it? Only a liberal is morally stupid enough to lack the capacity to understand the horror and chaos that would inevitably result from denying the fundamental human status and dignity of precious unborn human beings.

As terrible and self-defeating as it is, it is nevertheless incredibly common for those who have been victimized to perpetuate victimization. Think of the Stockholm syndrome. Think of the fact that children of physical and sexual abusers tend to become physical and sexual abusers themselves. The descendants of black slaves who were denied their fundamental right to human dignity deny that status to their own children.

The Black Family Has Born the Brunt of the Horror of Abortion
And what are the results of this liberal doctrine on the black community? Kenneth Blackwell writes:

The statistics on African American abortions are shocking. Even though African Americans are only about 13 percent of the U.S. population, one of every three abortions in the United States is performed on a black woman. Three of every five African American women will abort a child. Some 1,452 African American babies are killed each day in abortions. Let’s compare these statistics to the number of African Americans who have been killed by crimes of racial violence. Statistics show that between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched in the United States. That number is bypassed by the number of African American abortions every three days. Let’s project the favorable consequences had the aborted babies been allowed to live. Had the 13 million babies aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973 been allowed to live, today’s African American population of 37 million could reasonably be projected to exceed 50 million today. In other words, today’s potential African American population has been reduced 25 percent by abortions. And the 13 million African American abortions are estimated to have enriched the U.S. abortion industry by some $4 billion since Roe v. Wade.

Some in the black community are calling abortion a genocide – a genocide of black mothers against their own children.

And what then becomes of all these surviving “goo creatures” who were allowed to live merely as a result of the complete subjectivity of “a woman’s choice”?

Jeff Jacoby, in a Boston Globe article titled, “Destruction in black America is self-inflicted,” wrote:

In a new study, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics confirms once again that almost half the people murdered in the United States each year are black, and 93 percent of black homicide victims are killed by someone of their own race. (For white homicide victims, the figure is 85 percent.) In other words, of the estimated 8,000 African-Americans murdered in 2005, more than 7,400 were cut down by other African-Americans. Though blacks account for just one-eighth of the US population, the BJS reports, they are six times more likely than whites to be victimized by homicide — and seven times more likely to commit homicide.

Such huge disproportions don’t just happen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously warned 40 years ago that the collapse of black family life would mean rising chaos and crime in the black community. Today, as many as 70 percent of black children are born out of wedlock and 60 percent are raised in fatherless households. And as reams of research confirm, children raised without married parents and intact, stable families are more likely to engage in antisocial behavior.

End abortion. End it once and for all. Affirm the ultimate dignity of every human being.

Barack Obama is right: fathers should bear a fundamental duty to provide care and support for the child.

But he is completely wrong in believing that “more efficient collection and penalties for fathers who don’t meet their obligations” will solve the problem of fatherlessness. His unequivocal support for abortion – which is tantamount to the denial of the most fundamental right of a father: the right to fight to save his child’s life – is more responsible for the abandonment of the role of the father as any other issue.

Fathers should bear the duty to care for and support their child from the moment that child is conceived. And mothers should likewise bear the similar duty to care and nurture her baby from the moment her baby is conceived. Either both parents have such a duty, or neither do. It is as simple as that.

There was a time when walking out on one’s children was regarded by society with revulsion as the ultimate act of cowardice and weakness. Abortion undermined that attitude just as surely as it undermined the right of an unborn child to live. Only a complete moral idiot would attempt to argue that a woman has a fundamental right to kill her child, but a man cannot have the right to walk away from supporting that very same child.

Ending abortion would not solve the problems of fatherhood overnight. Nothing will. But we can never hope to solve the abandonment of the institution of fatherhood until we end the institution of abortion.