March 22, 2006, - 2:49 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
This week, The Detroit News a/k/a “The Detroit Spews” ran a piece on “Duped Dads,” men who were defrauded into thinking they were the dad and forced to pay child support even after discovering the truth.
This is nothing new. State laws and courts all over the country have unfairly required men to pay for children that are not theirs, supporting and encouraging the paternity fraud.
What is new and outrageous is that the New York Times “ethicist” has advised that this is ethical. Huh? In his syndicated column, Randy Cohen advises to conceal the truth from a duped dad:
What makes someone a parent is a continuous relationship with the kids, not the mere exchange of genetic material. If I were to learn suddenly that my college-age daughter had been exchanged in her cradle, I’d love her nonetheless.
What’s more, his coming forward would force a confrontation that both parents might wish to avoid. It is not unusual for people to determinedly ignore evidence of infidelity that is obvious to everyone else. There are things people choose not to know, and such information should not be foisted on them.
No-one is saying duped dads should stop caring about the children that are not theirs. But they shouldn’t have to be financially ripped off because someone else defrauded them.
One man in the Detroit Spews story, Michael Williams, is being forced to pay thousands for SEVEN! children, even though he learned that FIVE! of them are not even his. That’s an outrage.
More outrageous is that a New York Times so-called ethicist is advising the continued perpetration of this fraud. Something tells us he’d have a different view if he, too, were paying for five of someone else’s children to the mother who slept around with their fathers.
We guess that’s the breaks when the previous position of this joke of a nationwide “ethics advisor” was writing jokes for the David Letterman show.
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