Fathers dress like Santa for parenting protestOf course this is not an isolated British problem. In Germany in 2002, every other case of the 204,214 divorce cases involved children under the age of 18.
HUNDREDS of protesters for fathers' rights dressed in Father Christmas outfits went on the march yesterday to raise awareness about parenting.
The Fathers 4 Justice campaigners marched through central London calling on the government to amend legislation so that fathers can obtain equal rights to see their children.
The protest group, which was formed a year ago, said yesterday that the government and Margaret Hodge, the children's minister, had failed to reform a flawed family law system.
The group's founder, Matthew O'Connor, 36, said yesterday's protest had begun as their Christmas party but had evolved into a mission to spread the word about fathers' rights.
He said one in four children would not see their fathers this Christmas because of court orders disadvantaging male parents.
He said: "What we are saying to the government and the minister is that they must change the law in this country. We need to support all the ordinary fathers out there. We are not going to let this issue be ignored."
The protesters, some of whom brought along their children, chanted "Two parents are better than one" and "Children need two parents" as they marched through the streets.
One year after the separation, 50 percent of the fathers don't have any contact anymore with their children and roughly 2.5 mio minors grow up without a father.
22 percent of the mothers deny the child any contact with its father in spite of mutual custody.
Notwithstanding the ubiquitous "Culture of Dismay" and all those sensitive, "caring" people everywhere, the plight of the children and their estranged fathers remains a forgotten cause.
Why is that? What does cause this obvious cross-border problem, which seems to have become an inseparable part of our Western culture? Women portray themselves as the righteous victims struggling to correct male injustices. In fact, in many cases they ARE victims. And a victim can never be a perpetrator, right?
And perpetrators, of course, never victims.
We rather consciously and willingly let our children be hurt, than to admit that victims can indeed be perpetrators and do not deserve unlimited protection, defense, support and affirmative action when they wrong others and that more often than not in fact the latter are the ones deserving of protection and support, something that is obviously unthinkable.