Friday, September 30, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
A father’s day gift from Labor and the Greens: increased fatherlessness
Virtually every major social pathology has been linked to fatherlessness: violent crime, drug and alcohol abuse, truancy, teen pregnancy, suicide – all correlate more strongly to fatherlessness than to any other single factor.
The majority of prisoners, juvenile detention inmates, high school dropouts, pregnant teenagers, adolescent murderers and rapists all come from fatherless homes. The connection is so strong that controlling for fatherlessness erases the relationships between race and crime and between low income and crime.
Many commentators, including the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, have laid the blame for the recent UK riots at least partially on the fact that many of the rioters were raised in homes without their fathers present.
Men’s Health Australia spokesman Greg Andresen said today, “The Labor government is set to pass a bill over the coming weeks that will raise already high levels of fatherlessness to record levels with untold impact not just on vulnerable children denied the right to see their fathers; not just on fathers who will most likely end up depressed and suicidal after being denied the right to see their children; but on the greater fabric of Australian society.”
Mr Andresen went on to say that the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2011, if passed in its current form, would:
- increase child homicide rates (in NSW child homicide had reduced by almost 50% since the introduction of the soon to be reversed 2006 reforms)
- give an open license to parents – mostly mothers – who wish to fabricate allegations of violence and abuse as a legal strategy to remove fathers from their children’s lives (by removing the penalties available for the court to discourage false allegations)
- facilitate the practice of parental alienation, whereby one parent – mostly mothers – alienates the child(ren) from the other parent (by removing the law’s “friendly parent” provisions)
- facilitate and reward family violence by increasing the serious social abuse of denying children and one of their parents the right to a relationship
- fail to protect children from abuse and neglect by defining only “serious” psychological harm or neglect as being against the law
- increase litigation and costs for separating families and taxpayers (the soon to be reversed 2006 Family Law changes had led to a 20% reduction in litigation).
The message from the Labor/Green government to fathers and children this father’s day is clear: your relationship doesn’t matter. Happy father’s day!
Fathers Day present from hell
In the lead up to Fathers Day this Sunday I received a call from a grandmother who was in tears because of what her son was going through in the Family Law Court. Her son, she told me, is a devoted dad who loves his child. When his baby was first born he used to push him around the town in a stroller so that mum could get some sleep in between feeds.
Sadly, the mother packed up and left, taking the boy away when he was only one year old. Not only was this father broken hearted, but so was the grandmother. For a period of 18 months he did not see his son because of malicious behaviour on the part of the mother. The whole family was devastated.
Currently this dad sees his son every second weekend and half of the school holidays. But what is saddest is that he struggles to even get that time with his boy. This man is on his fourth set of court orders, but even these are regularly flouted by the mother without impunity. The father and his new partner are at their wits end because this has been going on for 10 years and they no longer know what to do.
The poor grandmother has been watching the proposed Gillard government’s rollback of shared parenting and was wondering if she will ever see her grandson again. She said to me, “It’s no wonder fathers commit suicide because they love their children but the courts are against them, legal aid is against them and now the government is against them”. Sadly I could do little but agree with her. The Senate Committee reported on the Family Law amendment Bill 2011 on the 17 August. It is set down to come into law a few weeks after Fathers Day.
Another story I heard recently from a good friend was that of his stepson, father of a beautiful daughter, who was locked up in Goulburn Gaol for 8 days. His crime? There wasn’t one! The stepson’s partner lodged a complaint 2 weeks after a verbal altercation between them which my friend was a witness to. Neither my friend, nor his stepson were consulted, or a statement requested from either of them, but the police were able to put an innocent father in gaol on the word of a drunken woman. After paying $20,000 in legal fees the matter was thrown out of court, but to this day this young man struggles to be allowed to see his daughter even though he is a very committed dad.
You might think these stories are pretty bad, but it is about to get a whole lot worse. Prime Minister, Julia Gillard’s Green Labor Government is about to enact changes to the Family Law Act that will demonise dads in the court system and deprive even more children of their biological birthright to a father and a mother. This rollback of shared parenting is being brought in under the guise of ‘reducing family violence’.
The New changes will make Family Violence mean anything you want it to mean. It’s called Orwellian doublespeak. In other words if any man was to raise his voice at his wife he could be charged with family violence and put in gaol. That of course would mean that all our parliamentarians would be put in Gaol every question time because raising ones voice is standard procedure. As you can see from the above examples Fathers are still being removed from their children’s lives under the current 2006 moderate Family Law reforms. Why make it worse?
Secondly the new bill removes the friendly parent provision in family law which required a certain level of mediation between couples for the sake of the children which has helped people to come more positive resolutions for the sake of the children.
Thirdly lying in the family court will no longer have any penalty attached to it. In other words you can make as many false accusations as you like and you will never have costs awarded against you. Perjury should be unacceptable in any court. Truth should never be traded for lies.
This is the first time in our history that changes have been made to the Family Law Act without bipartisan approval.
What is even more unusual is that the Gillard Government is sitting on only 27% in the latest Newspoll, the lowest vote for a major party in the history of news polls. Furthermore the Prime Minister is losing men by the bucket load with her dissatisfaction rating amongst men, sitting at 59% compared to 48% for women. This means that men are 23% more dissatisfied with Gillard than women. If Ms Gillard wishes to retain government she must win the men’s vote, not lose it.
In 2007, the Labor Party made history with its promise to introduce Australia’s first ever Men’s Health Policy. I should know, I was one of those who helped put it on the table. Men flocked to the Labor Party. Labor won the election and the men’s vote helped them do it. But here we are in 2011 and the Gillard Government has declared a war on fatherhood and wants to give a diabolical Fathers Day gift to the men of Australia which will bring even more fatherlessness to Australian children.
The detrimental overall effect of this bill will be to introduce even greater levels of violence in the community and in families. The one thing we know about the London riots in the UK is the high level of fatherlessness in the communities most deeply affected.
All the social science data shows that as fatherlessness increases so does violent crime. In a study of neighbourhoods in USA’s Prince George’s County MD every one percent increase in female headed households increased the odds of being murdered by 1.07%. Statistics from the US Texas Department of Corrections show that 85% of youths in prison come from fatherless homes. This is 20 times the national average.
A British study by Sampson & Groves found a direct statistical link between single parenthood and virtually every major type of crime including mugging, violence against strangers, car theft and burglary. A US Criminal Justice & Behavior report shows that 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.
So what is motivating Ms Gillard to allow the Family Law Court to cut even more fathers out of their children’s lives? Ms Gillard, by her own confession, is a feminist and helped found Emily’s list which is a radical feminist organisation within the Labor party. Radical feminism blames all of society’s problems on oppression by the male patriarchy. Like all popular lies there is always an element of truth contained within it.
Men are the cause of most of the problems, but where radical feminists come unstuck, is that they refuse to admit that men are also a big part of the answer. The father wound runs deep and is overwhelmingly responsible for the increasing levels of pathology reported in modern society. The UK riots being a prime example.
As former prison doctor and psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple said, “British youth leads the Western world in almost all aspects of social pathology…British children are much likelier to have a television in their bedroom than a father living at home… family is not the word for the social arrangements of the people in the areas from which the rioters mainly come.”
As former Opposition Leader Mark Latham said in June 2003 at the release of the 12pt Plan. ” We don’t want a men’s movement that blames women; we want a men’s movement that works with men and women to develop better identity, better relationships, a stronger fathering role in society and to develop win-win outcomes, where as a society across both genders we can make advances and make successful changes.”
So we ask that this Fathers Day, Ms Gillard will return her Fathers Day present of the new Family Law Amendment Bill to the waste bin where it belongs. Our children can do without it. What is needed for woman and men to work together and call an end to the gender war.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Published on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:59
- Written by Bankole Thompson
To understand Maryanne Godboldo and the protracted battle to have the final decision over her daughter’s welfare is to understand her world view and what motivates this working class African American woman.
It is to understand the cultural framework that informed her upbringing and identity as a person who studied under Alvin Ailey and Katherine Dunham in New York, two of the greatest African American dancers in history. She returned to Detroit to be a dance instructor with her sister, Penny, who is a dance professor at Marygrove College.
To decipher her is to know that beneath the public image that’s been created about her since her legal troubles began, lies a woman who cares deeply for her 13-year-old daughter, Ariana Godboldo, and who is at the same time taking care of her 98-year-old mother.
Godboldbo opened up to me Monday afternoon at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church where she attends church after 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles, in an unprecedented move, collapsed the prosecution’s criminal case against Godboldo that morning by dismissing all the charges against her for what he said was a lack of evidence.
Judge Giles said there was no evidence she fired at police in a ten-hour barricaded standoff last year when Child Protected Services (CPS) went to her house to collect her daughter, and that the court order that was used by police to enter her house was not valid because it was not signed by a judge, as the law requires.
Godboldo came to the attention of CPS when she stopped giving Ariana anti-psychotic medication that she believed was harming her daughter.
One of her attorneys, Allison Folmar, said CPS never presented a judge with evidence that the girl needed to be on drugs. Godboldo had already signed a waiver with the state that she could stop the medication anytime. The young girl is disabled and has a reduced mental capacity.
In the criminal trial, all of her attorneys, including Byron Pitts, son of prominent criminal defense lawyer Cornelius Pitts, deferred their payment to provide pro bono legal services because of what they termed as the “unconscionable” acts by CPS and the police, said that even the prosecution witness, a police officer, admitted that he should not have entered Godboldo’s house in the first place because the order was not valid.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has signaled it would appeal Giles’ ruling.
I sat down with Godboldo in the basement of Hartford to find out what this all means to her, the impact the legal battle has had on her as a mother in a bitter fight to have control over the child she bore and loves.
“I was devastated to find out that this is what could happen. My perspective of what could go on in America has changed. Sometimes you become very angry and at one point I felt very much alone,” Godboldo said. “Because I care so much about others, I imagined how this happens to other parents to have someone take your child away.”
She said as a mother going through the ordeal, “I feel so many emotions. I feel proud that I was able to protect my daughter for as long as I could.”
That natural instinct to protect her child, according to Godboldo, “strengthened me and I feel like I did right.”
Judge Giles’ ruling was a vindication from the image that was created about her as a troubled woman in a standoff with police.
Godboldo said “as a woman I feel compelled to help other mothers” from the wrath of CPS and the Department of Human Services.
“Once you get on the hit list of CPS and DHS, you are on it for generations. They ruined my daughter’s life,” Godboldo said. “I’m going to now move my daughter out of this space.”
Moving her daughter away will mean overcoming another legal tussle because that case is before a jury in Wayne County Juvenile Court where attorney Wanda Evans is representing her. Meanwhile, Ariana is presently under the care of her uncle and aunt.
Godboldo believes her case underscores what is often under-reported — how a number of African American mothers who take care of their children in Detroit are left to weep and stand helpless when CPS is involved in their child’s welfare without following the proper regulations and the dictates of the law.
She admits she is very fortunate to have the kind of lawyers who came to her defense after Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality spokesman Ron Scott sounded the alarm, galvanized public support and they subsequently formed Justice4Maryanne.Com.
“This case is all about our rights and our quality of life,” Godboldo said. “If we refuse to stand up for it, everybody loses.”
Attorney Pitts said he got involved in the case and offered his services because what was at stake was violating the Constitution and that it was important to ensure that those who enforce the law abide by the Constitution.
Attorney Folmar said it is important to send the message that when orders are brought into people’s homes, that they are authorized by a judge, not a junior court officer.
If the order to remove the child from the house was invalid, as Judge Giles ruled, the police should not have entered the house.
Ariana’s father, Mubarak Hakim, who owns a jazz company in Detroit and is a master drum instructor, called the ruling “a happy day but also a sad chapter in our daughter’s life because of what she has to go through and that she had to pay such a price.”
Justice4Maryanne.Com is seeking donation to compensate the legal team.
Bankole Thompson is the author of the new book, “Obama and Black Loyalty, Vol. 1,” a trilogy on President Obama. His new book, “Obama and Christian Loyalty,” will be released soon. Listen to his weekly analyses Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. on “The Craig Fahle Show,” WDET-101.9FM-NPR affiliate. He is a member of the “Obama Watch” roundtable program, Sunday evenings on WLIB-1190AM-New York which is simulcast in New Jersey and Connecticut. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 1, 2011 12:50 PM HKT
(NaturalNews) All charges have been dropped against Detroit mom Maryanne Godboldo, the woman who was SWAT team raided when Child Protective Services attempted to kidnap her daughter because Maryanne refused to "treat" her with psychiatric medications. An armed standoff ensued, and Maryanne ultimately walked out of her house and was charged with multiple felony counts (http://www.naturalnews.com/032090_Maryanne_Godboldo_health_freedom.html).
I also called Maryanne Godboldo, who is African American, a Civil Rights hero for standing up to government thugs who tried to kidnap her daughter. Here my audio commentary on the situation at: http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=97774F5C3850CF921CBD4919305AE67C
In court proceedings yesterday, all charges were dropped against Maryanne. After the decision was rendered, she said, "I was very pleased with what happened today and I'm pleased Judge Giles ruled in the way that he did because justice prevailed."
The state of Michigan, however, still has custody of her daughter, so this battle is not yet won. In fact, I say that the battle is not won until the CPS workers and police officers who conducted the raid are, themselves, brought up on felony charges of attempting kidnapping.
Godboldo's court proceedings reveal the details of how the thuggish, criminally-operated state broke the law in its effort to kidnap her daughter.
Low-IQ cops follow orders after looking at scrap of paper
What this case reveals is that low-IQ cops, who will apparently follow any orders without any sense of whether their orders are legal, were presented with a scrap of paper by a CPS caseworker who claimed it was some kind of order authorizing the state to use force to take away Godboldo's daughter.
Except CPS was lying, as usual. In reality, "The police met the CPS worker on the street, she hands them a piece of paper that is not officially filed with the county, it has a rubber stamp, and it's not completely filled out," said Godboldo's attorney. The order simply wasn't valid, in other words. It was just a scrap of paper with no lawful validity behind it. "When you come into someone's house and you're taking their child, you have to be lawful," she explained.
Ah, but that's the whole point, isn't it? Today's government tyrants operate OUTSIDE the law. Whether they're raiding the Gibson Guitar factory to confiscate "illegal wood" (http://www.naturalnews.com/033454_Gibson_Guitar_armed_raid.html), running FDA armed raids on raw dairy food distribution centers (http://www.naturalnews.com/033220_Rawesome_Foods_armed_raids.html) or terrorizing innocent moms who grow tomatoes in their home gardens (http://www.naturalnews.com/032960_Julie_Bass_home_gardening.html), it's always done outside the law, respecting no constitutional rights of the citizens.
What used to be a nation of freedom and law has very quickly devolved into one of government tyrants running around threatening innocents with guns. In every case, civil rights are violated by these tyrants, yet they are never held accountable for their actions. At best, the innocent victims of their threats of violence are let off the hook -- but usually only after NaturalNews and the alternative media raise a stink about the injustices being committed. The thuggish tyrants who mastermind these illegal raids are never charged with crimes and never face justice for their own outlandish violations of not just civil rights but human rights.
We demand the arrest of the law-breaking cops who conducted the illegal raid on Godboldo
I believe it is time the People of America began demanding the arrest and imprisonment of government agents, CPS workers and law enforcement personnel who commit these unlawful acts. We need to see FDA heads rolling and cops put in prison for taking part in these illegal raids. Just as the East German soldiers who manned the Berlin Wall and shot escapees were guilty of war crimes, today's cops who are merely "following orders" need to be reminded that they, too, must abide by the law of the land. And if they violate those laws by participating in illegal raids that have no basis in law, they must be brought to justice by the People, to face their own charges of criminal misconduct.
After all, if we are a nation of law and justice, then those laws must apply to all men and women, not just selected ones. If the People are required to follow the law, then law enforcement personnel, government regulators and even the President himself must also follow the law. That's what makes America a Republic (a society based on law, NOT majority rule).
When those who enforce the law become lawless, then what used to be honest government breaks down into tyranny, and chaos ensues. This is where we now find ourselves in America, where laws are routinely violated by the entire executive branch of government, from the President himself (illegal wars) down to the secret FDA spies and infiltration agents who operate more like the KGB than honest Americans (http://www.naturalnews.com/033428_FDA_secret_war.html).
Here at NaturalNews, we fight for justice and the rule of law. We encourage all citizens to abide by the law, and we demand that all those who work in government operate within the bounds of those same laws. And when laws are bad, we serve an activist role in working to get those laws revised (such as current marijuana prohibition laws, which are a complete failure and in desperate need of revision).
NaturalNews played a pivotal role in bringing public pressure to this case involving Maryanne Godboldo. I thank all NaturalNews readers for their phone calls of support, their protests and their sharing of these stories so that people learn the truth about what's really happening to our nation.
Visit Maryanne's website at www.Justice4Maryanne.com