This magazine arrives in our mailbox four times a year; not because we subscribe but because we live in this community. We never sent our kids to public schools, choosing rather to educate them at home.
When I grabbed the mail and walked back to the house I had not even reached the front door before I saw the cover and was instantly grabbed by the image on the cover. I stepped into the house and asked, “What is wrong with this picture?” It didn’t take everyone long to say “No father.”
There are two other families shown in the brochure, and sure enough again, no father.
I am not suggesting these mothers are not heroic; maybe they made bad choices earlier in life and are now doing the best they can. Or, maybe they were dealt a bad hand coping, doing their best to raise their children alone. There will always be some single parent households for many reasons and we should love and support them all we can. But should we promote a fatherless family as the new normal? Is this what we think the family is today?
I wrote a blog a few days ago entitled, “What Happened to Detroit?” where I discuss the moral basis for the downfall of a once spectacular city. The fathers left and now 75% of the children are in one parent households. There is also a 50% illiteracy rate and boys look up to the pimps, drug lords and gangs as models and substitute families.
The family is disappearing. With the push for “gay marriage” (a misnomer) and every other sort of “relationship” being dubbed a marriage, we are losing the basic building blocks of a civilized society.
My heart goes out to these kids raised in “the new normal” which is leaving them scarred and inclined to perpetuate the same dysfunctional lifestyle with no idea or concept of the “normal normal.”