From Jim O'Brien
June 14, 2019

Is Father Necessary?

Hi Friend,

There is a clear and obvious biological need for mother to exist. But is father necessary? Since this is Father's Day Weekend it's a valid question to ask.

Let's look at some people who lacked masculine influence during formative years. Did you know that Adolph Hitler grew up without a father in the house? So did Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, Saddam Hussein, Sirhan Sirhan, Jack the Ripper, John Wilkes Booth and Jeffrey Dahmer. Maybe it's just a coincidence or maybe tells us why our nation is in peril.

The statistical evidence to support the need for the traditional family is literally overwhelming. There is not space here to provide anything more than a tiny fraction of information but it's easily available from a plethora of sources.

             Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy and criminality.

             Researchers in Michigan determined that "49 percent of all child abuse cases are committed by single mothers".

             Fatherless children are at dramatically greater risk of suicide.

             In 1988, a study of preschool children admitted to New Orleans hospitals as psychiatric patients over a 34-month period found that nearly 80 percent came from fatherless homes.

             Growing up in a female-headed household remains a statistical predictor of behavior problems even after adjusting for differences in family income.

             Children whose parents separate are significantly more likely to engage in early sexual activity, abuse drugs, and experience conduct and mood disorders. This effect is especially strong for children whose parents separated when they were five years old or younger.

             "Father hunger" often afflicts boys age one and two whose fathers are suddenly and permanently absent. Sleep disturbances, such as trouble falling asleep, nightmares, and night terrors frequently begin within one to three months after the father leaves home.

             Eighty percent of adolescents in psychiatric hospitals come from broken homes.

             Kids who exhibited violent behavior at school were 11 times as likely not to live with their fathers and six times as likely to have parents who were not married. Boys from families with absent fathers are at higher risk for violent behavior than boys from intact families.

             Children from low-income, two-parent families outperform students from high-income, single-parent homes. Almost twice as many high achievers come from two-parent homes as one-parent homes.

             Forty-three percent of prison inmates grew up in a single-parent household-39 percent with their mothers, 4 percent with their fathers-and an additional 14 percent lived in households without either biological parent

             Seventy-two percent of adolescent murderers grew up without fathers. Sixty percent of America's rapists grew up the same way.

             The proportion of single-parent households in a community predicts its rate of violent crime and burglary, but the community's poverty level does not.

             Seventy percent of juveniles in state reform institutions grew up in single- or no-parent situations.

             The relationship between family structure and crime is so strong that controlling for family configuration erases the relationship between race and crime and between low income and crime. This conclusion shows up time and again in the literature.

             The likelihood that a young male will engage in criminal activity doubles if he is raised without a father and triples if he lives in a neighborhood with a high concentration of single-parent families.

             Ten years after the breakup of a marriage, more than two-thirds of kids report not having seen their father for a year.

             More than half the kids who don't live with their father have never been in their father's house.

             About 40 percent of the kids living in fatherless homes haven't seen their dads in a year or more.

             63% of youth suicides come from fatherless homes.

             90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.

             80% of rapists with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.

             75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes.

             85% of all youth sitting in prison come from fatherless homes.

Even this brief outline provides several clear conclusions. First, all the money in the world will not alleviate our national problems. It may even make it worse. Second, our nation made a serious mistake moving from a system that outlawed divorce, to a nation that encourages it. The entertainment media glamourizes adultery, something that ought to be a felony offense.

We should understand that a nation that undermines the family structure has numbered the days of its existence.

Finally, the Kingdom of God will exist forever because a Father really is necessary.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien