Picture this: About 12 men dressed as clergy invade services being conducted by the ever-so-staid Archbishop of Canterbury in York Minster England. Yes, members of Fathers for Justice, a group of divorced men trying to gain and improve access to their children, returned with a vengeance this week.
Sure, they’ve conducted other protests since their now infamous purple flour attack on Prime Minister Tony Blair, but most of those weren’t noteworthy. But this new demonstration adds a touch of humor and maybe a measure of success.
Consider that two of the divorced dads dressed up as clergy climbed up the scaffolding of the general synod in York Minster and then unfurled a banner reading “In the name of the father,” reports The UK Guardian. Meanwhile, the protesters inside the building claimed the church had “failed families and failed children.” Eventually 12 people were arrested and charged with assault and criminal damage.
But Fathers for Justice may have won a victory of sorts because England’s Conservative party announced they would push for laws that would give divorced parents equal access to their children, reports The Guardian in another article.
“When families break down both parents and families should have access to their children if that is at all possible,” says Tory leader, Michael Howard.
Although I’ve joined others in criticizing the tactics of Fathers for Justice in the past and present, it will be interesting to see if the Tories keep their promise. A law guaranteeing equal access rights to children of divorced parents would change the very nature of custody battles not only in the United Kingdom, but possibly the United States.