This Sunday June 17th will mark the 40th anniversary of what is legally recognized as Fathers Day in the United States. It was President Richard Nixon who finally signed the law recognizing the 3rd Sunday in June as the permanent national holiday, Fathers Day.
Recognizing Fathers Day actually dates back to at least 1908 when Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father in a mining accident in Fairmont, West Virginia where 250 other fathers also lost their lives. Then in 1910 Sonora Smart Dodd started what may actually be recognized as the official beginning of the modern Fathers Day when she too recognized her father, William Jackson Smart, a civil war veteran who single handedly raised his 6 children in Spokane, Washington.
However, the last 30 plus years have unfortunately not been as kind to fathers and more importantly their children. It is today an unfortunate fact that of the approximate 70 million fathers in the United States, roughly half, or 35 million of these fathers are divorced. Of those 35 million fathers, as a result of a corrupt ANTI-family court system, approximately 84.4% of these fathers have been relegated to the status of non-custodial parent. With this knowledge, on Friday the 13th of June 2008, Fathers 4 Justice kicked off what became the 1st of what is now recognized as the official Nationwide FatherLESS Day Rallies. Good, fit, willing fathers who know the importance of their role in the raising of their children are uniting nationwide with mothers, grandparents, children and others to bring about awareness of these issues and demand a change in the manner in which our ANTI-family courts are currently making their rulings.
The facts are, and we all know it, our children need both of their fit and willing parents to play an equally active role in their lives so that they may grow up to become healthy, productive, citizens of the community. Join us in our campaign for our children’s true best interest, join us in our campaign for a change, equal parenting rights for our children. This is a children’s rights issue!
Thanks and Peace