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  • Pastor Tom Cunningham


“The failure of our families is hurting America deeply…When families fail, society fails… Children need love and discipline. They need mothers and fathers. A welfare check is not a husband. The state is not a father. It is from parents that children learn how to behave in society; it is from parents above all that children come to understand values and themselves as men and women, mothers and fathers…”

“And for those concerned about children growing up in poverty, we should know this: Marriage is probably the best anti-poverty program of all. Among families headed by married couples today, there is a poverty rate of 5.7 percent. But 33.4 percent of families headed by a single mother are in poverty today…Ultimately, however, marriage is a moral issue that requires cultural consensus and the use of social sanctions. Bearing babies irresponsibly is, simply, wrong. Failing to support children one has fathered is wrong. We must be unequivocal about this… It doesn’t help matters when prime time TV has Murphy Brown… a character who supposedly epitomized today’s intelligent, highly paid, professional woman… mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice.” —Former Vice-President Dan Quayle—

Side Note: When he said this in the late ’80s it was revolutionary, contraversial and… right! When you read it today? Well, the commentary becomes elevated more from an observation to prophesy doesn’t it! Read on…

Conservative Author and Commentator, Bernie Goldberg, also noted: “We hear almost nothing, for instance, about the powerful link between family dysfunction—especially children growing up without fathers—and violent crime. This isn’t some partisan issue—William Galston, an assistant to Bill Clinton, said that ‘in order to avoid poverty, just do three things: (1) finish high school, (2) marry before having a child, (3) and don’t have that child until you’re at least twenty years old. Only 8 percent of people who do all three of those things wind up poor, but a staggering 79 percent of those who fail to do them wind up in poverty.’”


• 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Source: Center for Disease Control)

• 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)

• 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)

• 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes (Source: Rainbows for all God’s Children.)

• 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)

• 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes (Source: Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26, 1978)

• 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept 1988)

• 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)


California has the nation’s highest juvenile incarceration rate and the nation’s highest juvenile unemployment rate. These statistics translate to mean that children from a fatherless home are:

• 5 times more likely to commit suicide.

• 32 times more likely to run away.

• 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders.

• 14 times more likely to commit rape.

• 9 times more likely to drop out of high school.

• 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances.

• 9 times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution.

• 20 times more likely to end up in prison.

Juveniles have become the driving force behind the nation’s alarming increases in violent crime, with juvenile arrests for murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault growing sharply in the past decade as pistols and drugs became more available, and expected to continue at the same alarming rate during the next decade.

Criminal behavior experts and social scientists are finding intriguing evidence that the epidemic of youth violence and gangs is related to the breakdown of the two-parent family. (Source: “New Evidence That Quayle Was Right: Young Offenders Tell What Went Wrong at Home,”) San Francisco Chronicle (12/9/94).


• Daughters of single parents are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers.

• 164% more likely to have a premarital birth.

• 92% more likely to dissolve their own marriages.

• All these intergenerational consequences of single motherhood increase the likelihood of chronic welfare dependency.

• Daughters of single parents are 2.1 times more likely to have children during their teenage years than are daughters from intact families.

• 71% of teenage pregnancies are to children of single parents.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.“ —Hebrews 11:6

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