Select It Sunday: Isabella Miller-Jenkins

This week’s Select It Sunday case was chosen by Maddie C (she emailed, coincidentally, a few days before I received my most recent loony email): Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins, a seven-year-old who was abducted by her mother, Lisa Ann Miller, from Bedford, Virginia back in 2010. Lisa took her south; I think they were last known to be in Nicaragua. Isabella would now be fourteen.

This is a very high-profile family abduction case, mostly because Isabella’s parents are both women and Lisa is an ex-gay, right-wing Christian whose cause other right-wing Christian people have embraced — to the extent that several of them faced charges for helping her.

Lisa and Isabella’s other mother, Janet Jenkins, had split up amicably and Isabella lived with Lisa and had visitation Janet, but after Lisa joined Jerry Falwell‘s church, she decided homosexuality was sinful and wouldn’t let Isabella see Janet anymore because she didn’t want to expose her to that way of life. Several years of legal wrangling later, a family court judge transferred custody to Janet because he thought this was the only way Isabella could maintain a relationship with both mothers. In response, Lisa took her.

I am very much an LGBT ally, but even if I wasn’t, this case is really no different than any other family abduction case. You’ve got one parent who refused to let their ex see the child, alienated the child against her ex, made false accusations of abuse by the ex, and decided she was above the law and didn’t have to obey court rulings. This started long before the abduction, when the judge tried to enforce the visitation schedule by fining Lisa $25 for every day she wouldn’t allow Isabella to see Janet. Lisa racked up thousands in fines.

And to top it off, when they left Virginia, Lisa left Isabella’s pet hamsters behind at home to die a slow, horrible death of dehydration and thirst. Because, you see, if she asked anyone to look after them, that might tip the authorities off that they were going on the run. So she’s an animal abuser as well as a child abuser. Parental abduction is demonstrably child abuse, and Lisa is using religion as a shield for her crimes.

Not cool, Lisa. Not cool at all.

And now Isabella is probably living in pretty miserable conditions. El Salvador, one country where she and Lisa might be living, is an incredibly violent place and is considered the murder capital of the world. Although Nicaragua is safer by comparison, that’s not saying much, and Nicaragua is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, after Haiti. If Isabella is like most victims of family abduction — even those who aren’t living in third world countries — she is not receiving adequate education or health care. And of course she’s been completely cut off from the other side of her family, who love her. Lisa has, so far, stolen six and a half years of her life.

This is all pretty standard, alas, for family abductions. I cannot begin to explain how much parental kidnappers, and those that support them, disgust me.

He’s back!

Remember this guy?

Well, he’s written me again about the Isabella Miller-Jenkins case, over three years since I last heard from him.

Site operator:

By accusing Isabella’s mother Lisa Miler of “kidnapping” you are therefore promoting Janet Jenkins the sodomite and her crimes against Isabella which included bathing with her and showing her graphic videos and teaching her to touch herself in ways that will not be named and also teaching her to use the bathroom standing up like boys do. It is truly horrible to accuse a biological mother of kidnapping who is trying to protect her young daughter from sodomite pedophile corruption of minors and you are at the same time assisting the sodomite US tyranny’s efforts against a weak helpless mother. This is heresy and blasphemy. The Lord God declares that sodomites and their endorsers are “hateful” to Him and that they are all “worthy of death.” It’s the reason the americans (according to Prophecy) don’t have another 8 years in their collective life spans and will be going extinct in spectacular fashion through instant nuclear annihilation to the great celebration and satisfaction of the world and the deep sadness of England. If you ever want to begin to make matters aright (and that is not likely) then the first step is a public retraction and a vigorous condemnation of sodomites. Sodomites are unnatural and totally abominable demon-possessed freaks doomed to eternal fires. It is not merciful to affirm others in their heinous sins which send them to Hellfire.

STRIKE 1: Science demonstrates the sin of Sodom is not genetic. Identical twins have the same genes. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If an identical twin is a sodomite then the co-twin would also be a sodomite if the sin of Sodom were genetic in origin – because they have identical DNA. Statistically however if an identical twin has sodomite lusts the chances that the co-twin has it are about 11% for men and 14% for women (i.e. when an identical twin is a sodomite: at least 86-89% of the time their co-twins are not sodomites). Scientific studies have therefore concluded that non-shared post-birth factors such as molestation or exposure to the lust film industry or individual responses to events explain why one twin has unnatural sodomist lusts while the other doesn’t. Studies show it’s a choice in life.

STRIKE 2: According to the US DOJ National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) 64% of victims of “forcible sodomy” were boys age 12 and under. So the largest victim population of sodomite rape are children. Also the excess number of aids among boys is a result of sodomite rape. Sodomites prey upon and go after children to generate more sodomitical persons with whom to engage in the degenerate acts.

STRIKE 3: According to Richard Nixon’s Commission on Obscenity for every female prostitute there are 9 underage male prostitutes. The only ‘public’ promoters of crimes against children are sodomites. NAMBLA’s motto is “S-x before 8 or it’s too late.” This sodomite group has been involved in the rape and murder of a 10 year old boy and also auctioning children.

STRIKE 4: According to the Europe-wide police investigative agency Europol in its 2013 report on child exploitation: half of the world’s crimes against children internet servers are hosted by the US. It’s really no surprise that half of the world’s child contraband videos and photos are produced by servers traced to the US – the most sodomite corporation in human history. It gets worse. The Australian Communications and Media Authority reported in 2014 a 500% increase in the world’s crimes against children online images and video and said that a staggering 64% of it were hosted on US based servers. It is unsurprising that the most pedophile organization is the most sodomite organization on the planet and in human history. So basically 64% of the planet’s pedophilia would be eliminated if americans went extinct. You corrupt the whole earth Daughter of Babylon.

Another email from the same source

See this post and my puzzlement about the guy’s referencing the Catholic Church when Isabella Miller-Jenkins and Lisa Miller are not Catholic.

You are heretofore given notification to discard your impractical views and fantasies. You are notified your ridiculous views lead to historical illiteracy. You are therefore hereby commanded the following: this communication also functions to notify you of the narrow minded and blasphemous nature of the content and views you champion. It is decided constitutionalist fiction and error has no rights. It has therefore been decided that both the conceptual and physical expression of constitutionalist superstitions has no raison d’être either in your mind or anywhere else for that matter. The Sovereign Jurisdiction of the Holy Roman Church has made this determination. Should you fail to abide by that which has been declared herein: expect a swifter arrival of condemnation. Outside the Catholic Church There is No Salvation: view http://www.vaticancatholic.com

I never asserted that the heretic Janet Miller is a Catholic. You are therefore blinded by constitutionalist confusion and superstition. You aid government child pedophilia in your support of the federal government’s chase of Lisa Miller. Your anachronical website lists Isabelle Ruth as “missing.” I hereby command you to close down your egregiously useless website. I determine that the least you can do is to remove all content relating to Lisa Miller and Isabelle Ruth off your dangerous website: and any other such content featuring as “missing children” the children of parents who simply want to have their children with them.

You also discussed your puny ideas with your ilk seeming to protest the content of the communication.

It is so decided.

Family Research Council says gay parents shouldn’t be protected from parental kidnapping

A bunch of jerks conservative lobbying group called the Family Research Council has issued a statement saying that gay people don’t have the right to keep their kids from getting kidnapped by the non-custodial parent.

The case they’re talking about is that of Isabella Miller-Jenkins, whose two moms conceived her using a sperm donor and artificial insemination. Then the moms split up, the bio-mom getting primary custody and mom #2 getting visitation. But bio-mom found religion, renounced homosexuality, and decided she didn’t want Isabella to have anything to do with her other mother. She refused to abide by the visitation agreement, and after awhile the judge got fed up and awarded custody of Isabella to mom #2. At which point bio-mom took the child and vanished.

That was three years ago and no one seems to know where either of them are. From this New York Times article from last summer:

Isabella Miller-Jenkins has spent her last three birthdays on the run, “bouncing around the barrios of Nicaragua,” as one federal agent put it, a lively blond girl and her mother trying to blend in and elude the United States marshals who have traveled to the country in pursuit.

She can now chatter in Spanish, but her time in Nicaragua has often been lonely, those who have met her say, long on prayer but isolated. She has been told that she could be wrenched from her mother if they are caught. She has also been told that the other woman she once called “Mama,” Ms. Miller’s former partner from a civil union in Vermont that she has since renounced, cannot go to heaven because she lives in sin with women.

This makes me no more and no less angry than any other parental abduction case. Whatever you think about gay marriage, evangelical Christianity and so on, Lisa Miller broke the law, yanked Isabella out of her life and took her on the run, and deprived her of a relationship with a woman who had loved her from the day she was born. There’s nothing Christian about that and I’m pretty sure Jesus (who never said ANYTHING about gayness that we know of) would not approve. Lisa Miller said she believed Janet Jenkins should only be considered Isabella’s “friend” rather than her mother, but as Janet pointed out, people don’t pay child support for their friends.

The Family Research Council is saying that because the gay parent has no biological relation to the child, they should have no rights. But, as the article points out, quoting Queerty,

Queerty points out that parenthood has never been solely about biology, however.

“Millions of straight Americans adopt, foster, use surrogates and IV treatments, and otherwise parent kids that are not biologically related to them,” Queerty’s Dan Avery writes. “Including, we can only assume, members of the FRC.”

A commenter on the article has something interesting to say:

I wonder if these guys know how often they push otherwise un-involved people towards the side of marriage equality. I’ve always thought LGBT rights should be equal, but truth be told I never actively involved myself until I started hearing these folks’ statements about “biological” families and their superiority to all other families. I’m not LGBT, but I am adopted. It made me think, if my family as an adopted family, could be relegated to “lesser than” based on religion, out-dated studies, and personal opinions….then what must it be like to already be relegated to lesser than with fewer rights and protections for one’s family. As soon as that thought entered my mind, my activism level shot way up.

Well, I finally did it

After months of procrastinating, I have finally written up the abduction of Isabella Miller-Jenkins for posting later today. The case has raised national headlines and loads of mud-slinging and ire and what have you, because Isabella’s parents were lesbian lovers who conceived her with donor sperm. Then they split up and the bio-mom started talking about how the other wasn’t really Isabella’s mom, and then she renounced her homosexuality and joined Jerry Falwell’s church and everything kind of went to hell after that. This has been going on for years and of course the biggest loser is the child.

I know I’m probably going to get a nasty email or two over my casefile for Isabella, although I’ve tried very hard not to sound partisan.