The Witherspoon Institute‘s Public Discourse website contains a lot of interesting, well-reasoned articles, written from the Christian perspective. I came across it this morning by following a lead on the Sandy Hook tragedy titled Absentee Fathers and the Newtown School Shooting. The key paragraph is as follows:
The Elephant in the Living Room
Though both sides in this dispute have something sensible to say, they’ve missed an elephant in the room either because of willful blindness to anything politically incorrect or because of a lack of real-world experience. I speak of the problems associated with divorce, family breakup, father absence, and the enormous burdens placed on a single mom who must rear a troubled male child alone.
This “elephant” is an inconvenient truth in a society so awash in Holy Clitocentric Dogma (no, it’s not a dirty word: compare “phallocentrism“) that it cannot even use the word “man,” which specifies the species as human, and instead uses the literally dehumanizing term “male.” But inconvenience does not equal nonexistence, and so there it is: not the whole problem, but a much-neglected part of it.
Speaking of elephants and fatherlessness, here is a story of how adult male elephants “cleaned up” the Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa.
Just thought I would mention this…