The Old Testament tells us not to blame the sins of the father on the son. It stays silent on blaming the sins of the son on the father.
A post by Mark Meckler at Patheos notes that 26 of the 27 deadliest mass shooters in American history share something in common. NRA membership? Multiple prescriptions? A history of institutionalization? No, all but one was raised from childhood by someone other than his biological father.
“Fatherlessness is a serious problem,” Meckler points out. “America’s boys have been under stress for decades. It’s not toxic masculinity hurting them, it’s the fact that when they come home there are no fathers there.”
Meckler’s post came in response to an article at FoxNews.com by Suzanne Venker.
“Indeed, there is a direct correlation between boys who grow up with absent fathers and boys who drop out of school, who drink, who do drugs, who become delinquent and who wind up in prison,” she writes. “And who kill their classmates.”
Parents, like policemen and priests, act as effective social programs.