Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Amish minister guilty

Last week, I told you about the lesbian custody case that put an Amish-Mennonite minister in the path of a felony trial. Well, today Kenneth Miller was found guilty of aiding in international parental kidnapping. The minister's defense was, from what I can tell, that he didn't know the woman he helped did not have full custody of her daughter when he took the mother and child to the airport in Toronto. Either that didn't matter to the jury (I don't know the specifics of the evidence or the elements of the offense) or they just didn't believe it.

I don't know whether his conviction is just or not. All I do know is that he shouldn't have thought that spiriting a child out of the country to keep her away from a gay parent was necessary or just or right. Whether he knew about the status of the custody dispute or even that there was a custody dispute, if he knew (which it seems he did) that the child was being taken out of the country for this reason, he should be ashamed of himself.

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