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Go Home Dad

Ephesians 6:4 is Still True. 

America's three-decade experiment with fatherlessness has failed. 23,000,000 children will be sleeping in fatherless homes tonight. The divorce rate tripled since 1960.  Illegitimacy has followed a geometric progression from 10.7% in 1970 to 33% today. 40% of children in fatherless homes have not seen their fathers for more than one year. 58% have never been in their father's home. Mother-headed homes have grown from 6% in 1950 to 24% today. Single-mother families are five times more likely to be poor, ten times more likely to go to jail, and three times more likely to have children as teenagers. While only 24% of children come from fatherless homes: 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Center for Disease Control). 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes (Criminal Justice and Behavior). 71 % of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (National Principals Association Report). 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes (U. S. Dept. of Justice).  85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home (Texas Dept. of Corrections). We often dream of changing the world for the better.  Dads, if you want to change the world, Go Home!

Bill Watkins
Glad Tidings of Good Things
Vol. 8/June 26, 2003
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