Friday, March 22, 2013

Why Kidnapping Children is Morally Wrong

My children went on an once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Alaska with their mom (my former wife) and her extended family. Because they were going into “international waters,” e.g., Canada and beyond, she needed a note from me, their dad, to say that the children were not being kidnapped or taken across into international waters without my knowledge and approval.
Such accommodation is part of the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act, which makes clear that biological parents who have divorced each other and are in a custody battle cannot cross state lines or international lines to another jurisdiction with a child or children in order to get a more favorable court ruling.

The Case in Question
Recently, a Mennonite pastor Ken Miller was sentenced for helping an “ex-lesbian,” Lisa Miller, kidnap and flee with her young daughter to Nicaragua rather than share joint physical and legal custody with her former partner Janet Jenkins. What adds to this injurious situation is the approval of such actions by conservative Family Research Council senior fellow Peter Spriggs, who endorsed the actions of both the pastor and the “ex-lesbian,” because the partner is not a male but a female; a lesbian.
Even though Miller and Jenkins were in a legal civil union in Vermont, granting them both all the legal rights of a marriage, Spriggs argues that because Jenkins is not the biological mother she has no rights or responsibilities for the care of this child.

Read more here.


ButchCountry said...

I am from Canada and it saddens me to know that our Brothers and Sisters in the USA are still fighting for equality, and it breaks my heart to read articles about parental child abductions being thought of as okay if the parents are gay and they separate. above all it hurts the child the most, and it also hurts your struggles for equality by providing ammunition for those who would oppress the lbgtgq community.

Carrboroguy said...

thanks for the post. I wholeheartedly agree.

Carrboroguy said...

I agree wholeheartedly.