The link leads to an article by Robert Lopez, an assistant professor of English at California State University-Northridge, who says he grew up confused because of having two mothers. Growing up at a time when nontraditional families were viewed with suspicion and homosexuality was kept tightly closeted, he probably did feel something of an outcast, but his is one experience, not a prototype.
Fischer’s next Tweet hammered on the theme of kidnapping’s being the righteous choice when the parents are same sex:
This one refers to Kevin Miller, the Mennonite minister who is on trial in Littleton, New Hampshire, for helping Lisa Miller flee to Nicaragua. Miller is the biological mother of Isabella Miller-Jenkins, a child conceived via in-vitro fertilization while Miller was in a civil union with Janet Jenkins.
After leaving the relationship, Miller renounced her homosexuality and regularly failed to comply with Jenkins’s visitation rights. Miller claims Isabella was traumatized by the visits. Since she and her daughter had become part of a fundamentalist, homophobic religious community, Isabella probably came to see Jenkins as an irredeemable sinner.
Bryan Fischer never runs out of hate. He followed up the first two Tweets with four more, all similar to the first in the series:
Here he refers to Janet Jenkins, who is legally as much Isabella’s mother as is Lisa Miller. The two mothers had a loving relationship until a miscarriage sent Miller into a spiral of guilt and self-recrimination that ended in her leaving Jenkins and poisoning Isabella’s relationship with both Jenkins and her parents.
Fischer never runs out of vitriol in his broadcasts for American Family Radio. On August 7th he said:
I stand by everything I have said in these Tweets. There is an Underground Railroad, and we need one for women like Lisa Miller. We need an Underground Railroad to protect innocent children from same-sex households in these kinds of circumstances.
What children really need protection from is the hateful rhetoric of people like Bryan Fischer. They need protection from church schools that refuse entry to them if their parents are not straight. They need protection from schools that fire teachers for not opposing gay marriage. They need protection from bigotry.
If Fischer and American Family Radio loved children the way they claim to, they would make sure those children and their parents are warmly accepted, whatever the family’s configuration. If they continue to espouse intolerance and hatred in the name of right-wing ideology, they must be prepared to shoulder the responsibility when crackpots take them literally.
The Christian ideals spouted by the anti-gay right run counter to the teachings of their spiritual role model. Jesus would be furious.
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