Taking Children From LGBT Parents Isn’t Kidnapping??

Folks, I don’t really have a lot of words for this Think Progress piece on Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association’s statement calling for ““Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households.” These are his words, mind you, not Think Progress.

Well, I do have words. But most of them are not very polite.

Much of his tweeting is apparently stemming from a case of a mother who absconded with her child during a custody battle.

From Think Progress:”In one tweet he was referring to the sad story of Lisa Miller, who, after declaring herself ex-gay, kidnapped her daughter away to Central America to prevent her former partner from having any custody. (She is still being tracked by federal agents as a fugitive of the law.)”


This is appalling to me on a number of levels, one of course being that he is apparently supporting kidnapping period, second that he’s comparing taking children away from their parents to the Underground Railroad (a voluntary escape route for slaves—and I guess that means he’s comparing children raised in families with LGBT parents to slaves), and third that he seems to have little to no understanding of the trauma that would occur to a child being “rescued” by strangers. Or thinks that’s a fair price to pay to keep them from the gays.

And what’s frightening me the most, and angering me, is that he’s advocating going against our judicial system itself.

In this tweet, noted by Think Progress, he rails against judicial kidnapping (which isn’t actually happening in this case as there is indeed a biological mother but also a legal parent, but for his own kind of kidnapping. It’s not kidnapping if he does it, I guess. And he’s got his facts wrong.

“Worse than simply being wrong on the facts, Fischer is arguing for complete anarchy. Judges granting custody to legally recognized guardians is the courts acting in the best interest of children. To call that “judicial kidnapping” is to suggest that the entire legal system be disregarded when it recognizes same-sex relationships. Fischer is essentially encouraging conservative Christians to become anti-gay vigilantes, kidnapping the children of same-sex couples to enforce their own perverted sense of justice outside the legal system.”

It’s outrageous to me the precedent this sets for parents regardless of sexual orientation or gender, not to mention anything anyone decides they don’t like. Religion? Race? This isn’t how the system should work, not at all.

Editor’s Note: We have included video of Bryan Fischer endorsing the kidnapping of the child from her legal guardians. Please note that Bryan Fischer’s statements do not reflect both sides of this case, and in no way do the author of this piece or the editors of The Good Men Project endorse his words.

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  1. The Wet One says:

    So now the crazies are advocating crimes.

    When will these people be thrown in jail? Kidnapping isn’t exactly a trivial offense.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    The Child Abductive Services in Canada tried–possibly did–take a couple of kids away from some neo-nazis.
    I understand the LGBT cause gets a lot of juice in some quarters, but the actual, legal kidnapping–done at the anonymous report of a pissed-off neighbor or ex-spouse, just for starters–or bogus medical reasons is where the real injustice is.
    Michigan once took a kid from her father because she had a copper deficiency, causing her bones to break. Later, when she was much older, it was discovered that the state knew it was a medical condition. Kept her away from her father anyway. Wouldn’t even pony up for counseling later.
    A kid got some Mike’s Lemonade at a Tigers game when the father ordered the regular stuff. Kid was taken away, put with a foster family, not even aunts, until, at some expense, the father got things straightened out.
    The lucky thing is that the state isn’t chasing LGBT families. The state has some muscle, and has sovereign immunity into the bargain.
    This is going noplace.

  3. You can bet the FBI has him on their screen now after thisZ. He and his group have been mentioned in connection with a parental kidnapping involving the daughter of a lesbian couple, where the mother who had converted to fundamentalism took the daughter to Nicaragua. That makes that case federal.

    God bless that bitter old closet case J. Edgar hoover for building the ruthless, police-state kind of law enforcemtn agency it takes to keep this people within some kind of bounds of civilized behavior.

  4. (Off topic)
    ”In one tweet he was referring to the sad story of Lisa Miller, who, after declaring herself ex-gay, kidnapped her daughter away to Central America to prevent her former partner from having any custody. (She is still being tracked by federal agents as a fugitive of the law.)”

    This case sounds familiar. If I recall this was a case where two women were arguing over custody of their daughter after breaking up and the biological mom tried to block the non-biological mom from being with the child on the grounds that since she wasn’t biologically related she should have no parenting rights/responsibilities/contact with the child.

    Terrible situation all around.


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