Fathers 4 Justice is a UK father' rights organization best known for it superhero protests. The group's latest protests are back in the news again. However, what supporters of Fathers 4 Justice are not saying is that the group has had serious internal problems. Fathers 4 Justice has a long history of harassing and intimating conduct.
Fathers 4 Justice imploded in June, 2005. Founder Matt O'Conner had written the following in a letter circulating fathers' rights mailing lists:
For the last 6 months F4J Head Office has not been running a campaign. Instead we have been engaged in a senseless running battle with errant co-ordinators and members who have increasingly displayed flagrant disregard for the rules, regulations and agreements they signed up to and the authority of the organisation.
Theft and deception at branch level has become endemic, violence has been visited by member on member, anarchy and mob rule has replaced order, self destruction has replaced construction, disrespect has replaced respect for our aims, objectives, methods and strategy.
We have been consumed by a culture of poison and malice where gossip and half truths are peddled as fact and where infiltrators and agitators operate with impunity and without challenge.
Worse there are those who promote the patronising deceit that they only seek to relieve our burden and help F4J whilst at the same time ripping up the agreements they signed and were bound by and then conspiring to work against us by failing to attend meetings they agreed to attend, issuing demands, failing to supply information when asked and betraying confidences and loyalties.
The inevitable conclusion of this unedifying, embarrassing and increasingly dysfunctional spectacle must thrill and delight the enemies we sought to defeat. The disaffected instead of maintaining some kind of dignity in retreat email hundreds of members causing loss of faith and confidence and leave open festering wounds in the entire fathers movement where the tabloids and authorities, who also seek to bring us down, can feed.
It's no surprise that Fathers 4 Justice imploded in such a public manner. The behavior of these men towards their own shows how harassing and intimidating they really are. If these men cannot even get along with each other, how can they possibly organize enough to the point of being effective? They crave media attention with their publicity stunts, which continue to this day, but they have not been effective in seeing their agenda accepted by the UK government. In particular, their drive to see presumptive 50/50 joint custody made into law has been rejected twice by the UK government. Presumptive 50/50 joint custody is one of Fathers 4 Justice's main goals.