Who's Your Daddy?
Courtesy of RealClearPolitics.com, Kathleen Parker has written an emotionally compelling article about the role of fatherhood in our society entitled 'Deleting Dad.'
Parker looks at a recent spate of books and news reports that indicate a disturbing trend for some women to seek the joys of parenthood without the "inconvenience" of choosing a husband. In some cases, women are even choosing the genetic characteristics they want from their sperm donors so as to achieve a certain look in their children. As Parker says, "Techos is winning the war against Eros, and leaving us spiritually poorer for the victory."
Parker goes on to explain how these women, by intentionally depriving their children of a permanent, stable father-figure, are also depriving their children of a relationship that is vital to a natural state of development. One need only take a brief look at our juvenile justice system to understand the impact of fatherless homes on our society.
As Parker concludes:
There's something terribly wrong with this picture, and it is this: These are sad stories that reveal symptoms of a diseased culture in which human relationships have no moral content and children are treated as accessories to adult lives. Yet, these trends are portrayed as the latest gosh-gee fashions.
A society in which women are alone, men are lonely, and children don't have fathers is nothing to celebrate. And a future world filled with fatherless children - bereft of half their identity and robbed of a father's love, discipline and authority - won't likely be a pleasant place to live.
While we can all understand and have compassion for those who are forced into single-parent situations, to intentionally deprive your child of a natural father-child relationship for your own "convenience" is an astoundingly selfish abdication of responsibility.