A prominent right-wing American pundit has defended his comments calling for kidnapping children of gay parents, saying it is 'God's law'.
Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (AFA) tweeted on Tuesday (7 August) that we need an ‘Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households’.
In the last 24 hours Fischer defended the comments on his show Focal Point on the AFA network, saying: ‘God’s law, not man’s law, is to be followed’.
He uses the story of ‘ex-gay’ Lisa Miller, a woman in a same-sex relationship who became a mother and after the couple split, ignored multiple court orders, and ultimately stole the child and fled the country with her.
The New York Times reported Miller was assisted by evangelical hate groups who endorsed her decision to kidnap her daughter rather than expose her to Jenkins’ ‘homosexual lifestyle’.
In 2010, Miller was indicted on international kidnapping charges, but federal agents have since been unable to locate her or Isabella.
However, Fischer argued mothers have a ‘God given responsibility to kidnap her daughter, and said it was fine to refer to the ‘Underground Railroad’, a system of escape routes used that slaves in the 19th century used to escape torment.
‘In my judgment, the mom had no choice,’ he said.
According to 2010 census data, there are over 650,000 same-sex couples raising nearly 250,000 children in the United States.
US-based gay rights charity the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)’s Jeremy Hooper blasted Fischer’s comments.
‘He is quite literally comparing his desire to take children from homes with same-sex parents to the heroic events that led to the freeing of slaves,’ Hooper said. ‘He is suggesting that ripping kids out of LGBT-headed households is the noble cause of our day.’
A Human Rights Campaign official also blasted the right-wing’s views, saying: ‘Fischer’s call for kidnapping children from same-sex partners is not only offensive, but a harmful mischaracterization of families that struggle daily to provide loving and safe home environments despite significant legal, financial and dignitary inequality.