Via Kathryn Jean Lopez, President Obama had the following to say about Father's Day:
Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a step father, a grandfather, or caring guardian.
Literally, this is true. But as an endorsement of the value of family diversity, it is not. Alternative family forms can be nurturing. But the idea that these forms are "just as good" as a family headed by a child's mother and father in a low conflict marriage is not true. Social science is highly politicized but, notwithstanding elite resistance to this idea, the empirical evidence is pretty overwhelming.
The consequence of our refusal to acknowledge this is a devaluation of fathers with devastating consequences. The President recognizes the consequences of that in his own life saying that he still feels the weight of his father's absence. My own Dad left my life when I was around six and, even though I had - and, thank God, still have - a wonderful stepfather, it's something that you never get over.
The President, typically, wants to have a national dialogue on fatherhood. Good idea. Let's hope its candid and not circumscribed by political correctness.