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Showing posts from August, 2011

It could happen to you

This week, Geoff Berg published an article about a case in Houston involving a gay father seeking custody of his children.  That in and of itself is not that unusual however in this instance the Judge ordered that the Father could not leave his children in the care of any man.  Although the Judge clearly meant to exclude the father's husband (gay), such an injunction prohibiting the children from being in the care of ANY MAN also precludes male doctors, teachers, coaches, fathers of the children's friends, pastors, youth group leaders, etc.  This strikes at the very heart of parental rights.  In Texas, the law presumes that a parent (not just mom) will make decisions that are in the best interest of their children.  In this case, the presumption is that Dad married a man who he can trust his children with and that he can make decisions about who's care he can place the children in.  Worse, there are no allegations refuting this "presumption" such as drug use, al…

Values in Action

A family court judge in Pennsylvania recently ordered a Dad to to shut down his blog where he called his ex-wife names and banned him from mentioning his ex-wife or his children on any public media.

This is about children,” said the judge to the Dad during a June 14 hearing. “You may say anything that you would like to say. You may publish it. You may put it on a billboard. But you will not have your children, because that is abusive.”    

Although I value freedom of speech more than the air I breathe at times, the judge is right.  It comes with a price and in some instances, it is indeed a very high price.  So be careful.  Tread very lightly.  What do you value most?  If you value your children more than anything in this world, then consider the impact of your choices and values on their emotional development.  Is sharing or rather, spewing, bitter diatribe in a public forum about your child's mother or father really in their best interest?  Ask yourself: why do I feel the need to …