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Praise for Taken Into Custody

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“Since unilateral divorce was adopted in the 1970s, millions of innocent parents have lost their fundamental right to raise their own children to an array of government officials and “experts,” such as judges, lawyers, psychotherapists, social workers, child protective services, child support enforcement agents, mediators, counselors, and feminist groups. Dr. Baskerville documents injustices to children and fathers that might otherwise seem beyond belief. He exposes the distortions and fabrications propagated by the divorce industry to rationalize confiscating children from their parents. This is must reading for everyone who loves children, family, or justice.”

Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle Forum


“At long last, Stephen Baskerville in Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage and the Family, has made the case for the critical importance of fathers in bringing up children. His view, that fathers are the victim of discrimination in the court system in this country, is absolutely correct. Hopefully this book will begin a counter revolution so that fathers will be seen as essential to raising a family. The only successful families, by and large, are those with BOTH parents and children. This book has long been needed, and Dr. Baskerville is absolutely the right person to have written it.

Paul M. Weyrich, Hon. PhD, Chairman and CEO, Free Congress Research and Education Foundation


Taken Into Custody exposes the corruption of the divorce industry – lawyers paid to destroy marriages, courts who do their bidding, and bought state legislators. It is must reading by millions who lost access to their children, but also by church leaders whose support is essential if Stephen Baskerville’s reforms are to have a chance. The danger of gay marriage is trivial compared to the carnage of divorce explored here.”

Michael J. McManus, President and Co-Founder, Marriage Savers


“Baskerville has exposed a major abuse of power that is not only responsible for destroying families and for the social disorder that ensues from that. It also rationalizes massive government spending and violations of our constitutional freedoms by courts, bureaucracies, and other arms of the state. Today’s social crisis is not the product of impersonal social forces to which we must resign ourselves. It is the logical culmination of the modern state’s perpetual drive to create problems for itself to solve. This book powerfully reveals the interconnected threats to the family, accountable government, and freedom.”

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform


“A brave scholar willing to break the conspiracy of silence on key family issues, Stephen Baskerville exposes the legal abuses now common in the nation’s divorce courts. Such abuses often strip entirely innocent fathers of basic constitutional rights in proceedings that saddle them with heavy support payments for children with whom they are denied meaningful contact. Much-needed reform can only come through the kind of sober analysis this book provides.”

–Bryce Christensen, author of Divided We Fall: Family Discord and the Fracturing of America


“No-fault divorce, in practice, means unilateral divorce. When one parent is divorced against his will, that means the state must enforce the separation of that parent from his (or sometimes her) children and home. That means the state will intrude in the most personal areas of the family’s life, in effect, obliterating the distinction between public and private. These are the key insights of Stephen Baskerville’s important new book, Taken into Custody. Everyone concerned about the condition of marriage and children should read this book.”

Jennifer Roback-Morse, PhD, economist and author, Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook-Up World


“Stephen Baskerville’s Taken into Custody powerfully depicts the myriad cruelties and injustices currently being visited upon American fathers.”

–Glenn Sacks, columnist and talk radio host


“This book is a tremendous and much-needed report on how family courts and government policies are harming children.

Phyllis Schlafly, syndicated columnist


STEPHEN BASKERVILLE, Ph.D., is associate professor of government at Patrick Henry College. He is the former president of the American Coalition for Fathers of Children. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society. The author of more than a hundred articles on fatherhood and family issues, he has appeared widely on national radio and television programs. He has been featured in profiles and write-ups in Human Events, Reason magazine, the Gannett newspapers, News with Views, Men’s News Daily, Fathering Magazine, the Washington Times, Townhall.com, the Ottawa Citizen, and elsewhere.


Taken Into Custody is the most comprehensive exposé yet published by a major publishing house on the depredations of the divorce industry. I say this conscious that I am standing on the shoulders of others. This book was made possible by the pioneering efforts of authors who have preceded me (all of whose work it draws upon): Jed Abraham, Sanford Braver, Warren Farrell, Jeffery Leving, David Levy, Melanie Phillips, Dean Tong, Cathy Young, plus Richard Doyle, Bai Macfarlane, Judy Parejko, Robert Seidenberg, and others (including, most recently, Phyllis Schlafly in the revised paperback edition of her latest book). Yet because they were breaking ground, most of these writers were either pressured to tone down their language or forced to self-publish. This is the first book from a major publisher that has been permitted to speak the unvarnished truth about the divorce machinery: its destruction of families, its violations of the Constitution, its disregard for due process of law, its voracious appetite for children, parents, and families. This is no tirade however but a thoroughly documented study of a previously neglected abuse by a credentialed political scientist. The result is a major breakthrough in exposing the greatest civil rights abuse of our time and the most repressive government machine ever created in the United States and the other English-speaking democracies.



Website courtesy of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children.