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Who's the real kidnapper?
Posted By David Kupelian On 08/19/2012 @ 3:59 pm In Commentary | No Comments
After childhood abuse led Lisa Miller into a dysfunctional life of multiple addictions and homosexuality, at long last, by the grace of God, she found the Christian faith, freedom from her former bondage and real hope.
She left behind the lesbian lifestyle in which she had lived as “spouse” to another woman in a same-sex “civil union.”
And Lisa dedicated the rest of her life to raising her little daughter, Isabella, to whom she had given birth during her brief homosexual cohabitation, having conceived through artificial insemination.
A bright and hopeful ending to a sad story, right? Redemption and love. Innocence regained.
Except for one thing.
The judge demanded that Lisa allow her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkins, to have unsupervised visits with little Isabella.
But the court-ordered visits were severely traumatizing the child, at least according to the testimony of experts and eyewitnesses. Isabella’s court-appointed advocate said Jenkins was “turn[ing] her world upside down.” A clinical therapist testified Isabella appeared “traumatized” by her visits with Jenkins, and that “unsupervised visits … could cause permanent damage to normal development.” A social worker testified the little girl “suffers from sleep disturbance and nightmares, having difficulty sleeping through the night,” adding that “Isabella also talks about death, and has expressed fear that if her mother Lisa dies she will be at risk. Without prompting, Isabella has said she is afraid that Janet Jenkins may take her away from Lisa.”
Lisa Miller and her daughter, Isabella (photo courtesy Barbara Curtis)
It gets worse. Lisa Miller told the court her child had referred to being forced to bathe naked with Jenkins, had begun to touch herself sexually and appeared disturbed and unhappy following visits, according a report by LifeSiteNews, which links to four court affidavits by social workers, therapists and others.
For example, clinical therapist Sylvia Haydash in her affidavit testified as to Isabella’s “extremely regressive behaviors” after visiting with Jenkins, noting that:
… Isabella appears to have been traumatized by the limited visitation thus far [with Jenkins], a serious consequence, taking Isabella in a negative direction as compared to Isabella’s condition before the recent visitations where she was a child that was well-adjusted, flourishing, above-the-curve developmentally, verbally gifted, and readily able to separate from Lisa and meet with other people.
And Lisa Miller told the LifeSiteNews interviewer: “Last year, Isabella put a comb up to her neck and said she wanted to kill herself after one of the visits. She took a comb and pressed it into her neck and said, ‘I want to kill myself.’ … It was immediately after a visit. Other people have seen huge changes. She also started openly masturbating which is not something that my child has done.”
Regarding Isabella, Miller added:
She is six now but this started when she was five – after visits. The very first time that Janet ever saw Isabella after the two and a half years, her very first overnight visit – the court ordered it and I allowed it because it was in Virginia and she was supposed to have been supervised by her parents, Isabella came home and said, “Mommy, will you please tell Janet that I don’t have to take a bath anymore at her house.”
I asked her what happened. She said, “Janet took a bath with me.” I asked her if she [Janet] had a bathing suit on. “No, Mommy.” She had no clothes on and it totally scared Isabella. She had never seen this woman except once in two and a half years and she takes a bath with her.
Miller refused to allow any more visits. As her attorney, Liberty Counsel chairman Matthew Staver told WND at the time, regarding Isabella’s visitations with Jenkins: “She began having nightmares, bed-wetting, fears of leaving Lisa and even tried to physically harm herself after just a couple of visitations. After having seen that, Lisa just simply said, ‘I cannot put my child in that situation anymore.’”
In response – are you ready for this? – in 2009 a Vermont judge decided that Lisa Miller must give up her daughter – her own, legal and biological daughter – to her former lesbian partner, who had no biological or adoptive connection to the child. We’re talking full custody.
Lisa Miller’s life – and more to the point, Isabella’s life – has been one of chaos and tumult ever since, complete with charges of “international kidnapping.” I guess that’s what they call it when you leave the country with your child to protect her at all costs from being raised by a lesbian non-relative who, by multiple accounts, is a bad influence on the child, but whom a judge has, incomprehensibly, decreed must have full custody.
Hold on, it gets still worse.
Last Tuesday a federal jury in Vermont convicted an Amish-Mennonite pastor named Kenneth Miller (no relation to Lisa Miller) of helping Lisa flee the country with Isabella to Nicaragua, to avoid having to hand her daughter over to her one-time homosexual partner.
The sympathetic pastor could be facing three years behind bars, but says he’s “willing to accept the consequences” of his actions.
Jenkins meanwhile has also filed a RICO lawsuit not just against this same pastor, but against Liberty University Law School, Thomas Road Baptist Church and others she alleges helped Lisa Miller “kidnap” her own daughter. (As you may remember, RICO prosecutions – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations – were created by the government for the express purpose of busting criminal organizations like the mafia – not churches and pastors.)
Liberty Counsel, a legal team affiliated with Liberty University and that advocates for Christian and religious rights, represented Lisa Miller until she vanished in 2009.
As WND reported Friday, Jenkins is suing Liberty because a student worker allegedly sought donations to help Miller. Jenkins makes similar claims about a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
“Outrageously frivolous” is how Staver, who also serves as dean of the university’s law school, characterizes Jenkins’ latest action.
“I don’t know how a church with a 5,000-seat sanctuary can be responsible for the act of one person,” Staver said, calling Jenkins’ lawsuit a “press release filed in federal court.”
According to Jenkins’ RICO lawsuit, “Lisa Miller’s attorneys Mathew Staver and Rena Lindevaldsen also routinely instructed their Law School students that the correct course of action for a person in Lisa Miller’s situation would be to engage in ‘civil disobedience’ and defy court orders.” (Lindevaldsen, also a law prof at Liberty, has published a book about Miller, titled “Only One Mommy: A Woman’s Battle for Her Life, Her Daughter, and Her Freedom: The Lisa Miller Story.”)
In response, Staver says that when Lisa Miller vanished in 2009, she did so without confiding in her legal team: “She never gave anyone indication of her plans. She was counseled to obey the court orders.”
Since then, Miller reportedly first traveled to Canada, then Nicaragua, and may still be living there today with her now-10-year-old daughter.
Now what can we say about this case?
Decent people everywhere are outraged at the sheer perversity of the court system’s rulings in the Lisa Miller case: How can you possibly take a little girl from her biological mother and forcibly give her to a lesbian with no biological or adoptive relationship to the child, and who independent witnesses and experts claim is a destructive influence on the girl’s life? And then, as a result of this judicial blindness, when the mother takes desperate measures to protect her own child, she is deemed an international criminal, and everyone the lesbian plaintiff dreams might have helped the mother is drawn into an ever-expanding legal net.
Have we gone completely mad? Have we lost our humanity as a nation?
In family law, courts always claim as their mandate, first and foremost, to act in the best interests of the child – which is exactly as it should be. In this case, however, the child’s interest has been utterly trampled underfoot in favor of the politically correct “rights” and ungodly agenda of activist homosexuals.
Today’s idiotic and ultimately suicidal national pretense that homosexuality is perfectly normal – that two men or two women can somehow be joined together in holy matrimony, that moral/religious opposition to this perversity renders you a bigot and a criminal, and that justice is somehow served by forcing a Christian mother to turn over her beloved daughter to a litigious homosexual – all this, my friends, is high mockery of God and His laws.
However, “God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 KVJ)
If we do not change course, America the Exceptional – the freest, most moral, prosperous, blessed and beloved nation on earth, which millions fought and died to protect – will reap the whirlwind of national disintegration and unimaginable suffering.
In fact, it’s already happening. Just ask Lisa Miller.
“I tremble for my country,” said Jefferson, “when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
God bless Lisa and Isabella, wherever they may be – and God bless all those who have helped them.
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