- The Washington Times - Monday, February 7, 2005

Fatherphobia: Alive and well in metro area

It’s high time the sexual bias of the child custody racket that surrounds family courts in the metropolitan area be exposed for what it is. Phyllis Schlafly’s treatise on Warren Farrell’s book “Father and Child Reunion” (“Fatherphobic family courts,” Commentary, Saturday) was brilliant.

In my case, the child-custody evaluator admitted to my attorney that she “deliberately tricked” me into believing she was recommending shared custody (what I and my boys thought was best). After agreeing sight unseen (shame on me) to abide by her report, I lost all say in my children’s upbringing after having full custody for the previous 3 years. The evaluator’s report was filled with fabricated quotes from the boys’ teachers and my family members, who were outraged at the evaluator’s misrepresentations.

I complained to the D.C. Psychiatric Society’s Ethics Board. Without any investigation, the board ruled that the evaluator had violated no professional ethics. Yet we expect our children to tell the truth and live moral and ethical lives? P.S. I might add that the evaluator charged $23,000 to “trick” me into losing my children.

JOHN AQUILINO

Hyattsville

“Darfur’s last hope,” by David Rivkin and Lee Casey, vastly understates mortality there (Op-Ed, Friday). Reputable experts estimate the genocide in Darfur has killed 300,000 to 400,000 persons, with perhaps 35,000 dying monthly and even worse to come. It is high time for President Bush to act to stop this immense ongoing crime.

STEVEN FORESTER

Director of communications

U.S. Committee for Refugees

and Immigrants

Washington

Fatherphobia: Alive and well in metro area

It’s high time the sexual bias of the child custody racket that surrounds family courts in the metropolitan area be exposed for what it is. Phyllis Schlafly’s treatise on Warren Farrell’s book “Father and Child Reunion” (“Fatherphobic family courts,” Commentary, Saturday) was brilliant.

In my case, the child-custody evaluator admitted to my attorney that she “deliberately tricked” me into believing she was recommending shared custody (what I and my boys thought was best). After agreeing sight unseen (shame on me) to abide by her report, I lost all say in my children’s upbringing after having full custody for the previous 3 years. The evaluator’s report was filled with fabricated quotes from the boys’ teachers and my family members, who were outraged at the evaluator’s misrepresentations.

I complained to the D.C. Psychiatric Society’s Ethics Board. Without any investigation, the board ruled that the evaluator had violated no professional ethics. Yet we expect our children to tell the truth and live moral and ethical lives? P.S. I might add that the evaluator charged $23,000 to “trick” me into losing my children.

JOHN AQUILINO

Hyattsville

Unartful dodger

A few hours before the nation watched the genesis of a new dynasty in New England and Boston, there was increasing evidence of the demise of another Massachusetts and Boston dynasty (“A Patriotic dynasty,” Page 1, yesterday). The same day the New England Patriots confirmed their status as the millennium’s first NFL dynasty, Massachusetts’ senior senator, Edward M. Kennedy, proved himself another embarrassment to the Democratic Party and his state.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Mr. Kennedy was asked repeatedly by moderator Tim Russert if he truly believed President Bush and his team concocted the Iraqi invasion at a Texas barbecue for political reasons. Mr. Kennedy unartfully dodged the question each time with words diminishing his credibility even further as well as deepening the hue of red in the states that re-elected George W. Bush.

BILL SMITH

Palm Desert, Calif.

Three pillars of democracy

Bravo to reporter Nicholas Kralev for featuring one of the most important statements yet made by anyone in this or any previous administration as to just what we mean when we talk about strengthening democracies, and to The Washington Times for making it a Page One story (“Rice reaches out to Russia,” Sunday). I helped set up the first overseas aid missions in Southeast Asia in 1951 under the Marshall Plan, and this is the first time a top administration official has stated our real foreign policy mission so succinctly.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made it clear to the world, as well as to Russia, that the “basics of democracy” lie in (1) “strengthening the rule of law,” (2) “strengthening the role of an independent judiciary” and (3) “permitting a free and independent press to flourish.” These are indeed the three pillars for a successful and accountable democracy, on which everything else depends. This is true not only for Russia, but for Zimbabwe and Venezuela and for every country we have tried unsuccessfully to help in the 50 years since the Marshall Plan.

Absent those three pillars, our foreign assistance simply has strengthened elite power groups who use the powers of government over the people to enrich themselves and their cronies. Those three pillars should be drilled into the mind of every Foreign Service officer charged with carrying our message to fight tyranny throughout the world. They should be at the heart of everything we do under the Millennium Challenge Account and everything undertaken by our Agency for International Development.

GORDON O. F. JOHNSON

Adjunct scholar

Acton Institute for the Study

of Religion and Liberty

Alexandria

Risky business

With reference to the article “Sex-ed courses called flawed” (Metropolitan, Jan. 26), we agree with Warren Throckmorton’s criticism of the Montgomery County Public Schools’ new sex-education curriculum. One only has to look at the curriculum and the resources used to support it to come to that view.

David Fishback, who heads the citizens advisory committee that reviewed the curriculum changes, says Mr. Throckmorton’s view “that people can change their sexual orientation and sexual desires if they really, really want to and really, really try is risky, risky, business” and he “rejects the claim by Michelle Turner and other committee members who say their evidence on homosexuality was ignored.”

Well, what is more risky: Telling young people that there is a possibility of changing their sexual orientation or playing Russian roulette with sexual practices that dramatically increase the likelihood of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases?

Further, the advisory committee and the Board of Education rejected all the proposed, relevant information from federal government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education and National Institute of Mental Health, and peer-reviewed published scientific information that was contrary to the advisory committee’s biased message. Instead, much of the approved material comes from non-mainstream, nonmedical, nonprofessional sources with factually incorrect information — advocacy resources such as the Triangle Foundation — and from a teen mom’s Web site.

With this new curriculum, the children will never be taught that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Among young men aged 13-24 years, 49 percent of all AIDS cases reported in 2000 were among men who have sex with men” and “9 percent were among young men infected heterosexually.” They will never be taught tolerance for the thousands of heterosexuals who previously lived as homosexuals for five to more than 40 years. They will never be taught that transgenderism is a treatable gender identity disorder. Our children deserve to know the whole truth.

RETTA BROWN

Rockville

JERLEAN EADER

Poolesville

JACKIE RICE

Rockville

ROSA URQUHART

Silver Spring

Members and former members of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Family Life and Human Development, Montgomery County


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