Matt O’Connor, the group’s founder, said the negative publicity surrounding the plot is causing serious harm to the movement, which focuses on father’s rights in divorce and separation cases.
O’Connor posted this statement on the Fathers 4 Justice website:
After peacefully campaigning for three years to ensure children get to see their fathers, we condemn any individual who planned this appalling outrage which is anathema to our campaign.
I have three young boys myself and couldn’t think of anything more traumatic for Mr Blair, his family and his son than what is reported in this morning’s Sun newspaper, however we should approach the story with caution as it carries very little information in it.
Sketchy details of the alleged conspiracy surfaced a few days ago in The Sun, which reported that O’Connor also may have been threatened by militant members of the group he founded.
It’s unclear whether Fathers 4 Justice USA and Fathers 4 Justice Canada will continue functioning after this incident, but even if they do, it will be much more difficult for them to be taken seriously. As a result, today is a sad day for fathers’ rights worldwide.