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January 8, 2010

Are you kidding me?  I’ve seen some commercials lately promoting the concept of being a father to your children.  “Take time to be a dad” is the slogan.  The viewer is referred to http://www.fatherhood.gov for more information.  At the site the banner declares you have arrived at the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.  The intro paragraph reads: 

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) is funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance’s (OFA) and supports efforts to assist States and communities to promote and support Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage.

The Administration for Children and Families is a department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  So the DHHS beget the ACF beget the OFA beget the NRFC.

The prominent menu item at the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is titled “Frequently Asked Questions.”  Clicking there displays three categories:  General information, How to get the most from the website, and “The Importance of Fathers.”  …. There are many, more specific questions on this page, the first one being “What is the importance of fathers?”  And so I read the first sentence:

Research literature supports the finding that a loving and nurturing father improves outcomes for children, families and communities.

Why on earf do I need to spend my valuable time lampooning such things?

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