Cognitive Dissonance on the Issue of
Marriage and Procreation | Bill Maguire | CWR blog
Can you correctly identify who made the following comments on the importance of fathers for the well-being of children and the health of our communities?
When fathers are absent . . . we know the damage that does to our families. Children who grow up without a father are more likely to drop out of school and wind up in prison. They’re more likely to have substance abuse problems, run away from home, and become teenage parents themselves.
There's no more important ingredient for success—nothing would be more important for us reducing violence—than strong, stable families, which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood.
A father's absence is felt by children, families, and communities in countless ways, leaving a hole that can have lasting effects.If you guessed these comments were made by a right-winger or by a pastor, preacher, or priest—you are incorrect. These were, in fact, words spoken by President Obama. If you want to read more about how essential involved fathers are for the health and well-being of our children and communities, visit the website for the President’s Fatherhood Pledge.
Those of us in the movement to promote marriage and safeguard it from being redefined welcome President Obama’s statements. He rightly understands both the unique and necessary contribution of fathers and the explicit link between fatherhood, the well-being of children, and the health of our communities. Yet, in light of his current policies, we are left scratching our heads.