A prominent right-wing American pundit is calling for kidnapping children of gay parents.
On Tuesday, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association linked to an article on Twitter which explained why ‘we need an Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households’.
In the article, Growing Up With Two Moms: the Untold Children’s View, Robert Oscar Lopez claims children of gay parents have a tough time ahead of them. He says: ‘I know, because I have been there.’
Lopez adds: ‘To most outside observers, I was a well-raised, high-achieving child, finishing high school with straight A’s.
He says when he was growing up between 1973 and 1990, living with his mother and female partner left him feeling confused, and different to his peers.
‘I have no mental health disorders or biological conditions. I just grew up in a house so unusual that I was destined to exist as a social outcast,’ he said.
According to 2010 census data, there are over 650,000 same-sex couples raising nearly 250,000 children in the United States.
Fischer’s tweet was followed by another, which said: ‘Head of Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households goes on trial.’
He included a link to a Reuters article printed in the Chicago Tribune about the case of Kenneth Miller, a Virginia-based minister who was charged with aiding the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl.
A Human Rights Campaign official said on the organization’s blog: ‘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.
Fischer is well known as an advocate for the criminalization of homosexuality in America, and has compared gay people in cannibals.
In 2010 the Southern Law Poverty Center designated the American Family Association as a hate group, saying the AFA’s ‘propagation of known falsehoods and demonizing propaganda’ was responsible.