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A book review: Only One Mommy

Timothy Kincaid

August 18th, 2011

Here is the review I offered to Amazon for Only One Mommy: A Woman’s Battle for Her Life, Her Daughter, and Her Freedom: The Lisa Miller Story by Janet Miller’s attorney, Rena Lindevaldsen.

In 1991 Sally Fields starred in Not Without My Daughter, the story of a woman whose Muslim husband fled with their daughter to a Iran in order to have sole custody and control over the child. He believed that he should have sole decision making authority and his religion taught him that he wasn’t subject to the American judicial system.

Rena Lindevaldsen has now stood that story on it’s head. No longer the sole territory of Islamist states and radical Muslim extremists, Christians are now justifying kidnapping in the name of their faith.

In September 2010, Janet Miller absconded with Isabella Jenkens-Miller and disappeared so as to avoid court-ordered visitation. Her church, Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Hill Baptist Church, encouraged her to ignore the orders of the court because Linda Jenkins was a lesbian and, frankly, they don’t believe lesbians are entitled to the same rights as Baptists.

And Liberty Counsel (part of the Falwell empire) fought a court battle designed to delay and obstruct justice. So obvious were their efforts that a judge finally ordered that Isabella be turned over to Linda’s custody. But Janet was gone by then and Rena Lindevaldsen, her lead counsel, had “no idea where she went.”

Then in April 2011, Janet was discovered living in El Salvador in a home owned by the father of one of Rena’s employees.

And now Rena has penned her version of the story. Written from the perspective of the fugitive, Lindevaldsen justifies parental kidnapping and flouting the American judicial system. Because, as Rena teachers her laws students, Christians are subject to God’s laws and not Man’s laws.

This book should be seen as a warning. In the United States we tell ourselves that we believe in freedom, that we respect differing faiths, that religion does not dictate to those who don’t believe their doctrines. But there is a growing movement – one that mirrors the Islamists in the Middle East – of people who believe that their religious faith entitles them to ‘dominion’ over non-believers, over the government, over society, and over you.

Rena is but one voice pleading their case. It is imperative that we listen – and when tempted to think, “they don’t REALLY mean that do they?”, the answer is yes. They do.

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Scott
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

Great review. I find it amusing/sad that out of 76 reviews on Amazon, only ONE is glowing.

That review was written by Rodney Chrisman who, oddly enough, works for the Liberty Counsel. Of course he never identifies that fact.

Ben Mathis
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

Curious, has this case been resolved? You make it sound like Isabella has been returned to Linda Jenkins, but I’ve been trying to follow the story and didn’t think that had happened yet. (but hoping that it has)

Also of note, the one glowing review on amazon is someone who works for Liberty University.

Timothy Kincaid
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

Ben,

No. It is still going on. I am not sure exactly what effort is going on to get Isabella back but once we know I’ll report it.

Craig
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

Excellent review! One minor correction: it’s Thomas *Road* Baptist Church.

Erin
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think you got their names mixed up. Wasn’t it Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins? I think you said Janet Miller st one point.

Timothy Kincaid
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

Erin,

Oh yeah i messed up several times… I’m accustomed to the BTB revision process (I tend to preview and revise several times before finalizing) and hit send before I realized it. It’s full of typos, but I think that it gets the story across to anyone wandering by Amazon.

Lucrece
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

And somehow Rena hasn’t been disbarred/sanctioned?

Richard W. Fitch
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

@Lucrece: If justice is actually ever served, Rena will not only be disbarred but also behind bars, along with other members of the Falwell kult.

David C.
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

If Amazon has a remainder bin, most of their inventory of this book will be in it. Of course, said book will probably be required reading in “Liberty” U’s “law school”.

Blair Martin
August 18th, 2011 | LINK

As I’ve mentioned on the thread about NY state employees resigning rather than issue marriage licenses to same gender couples, how on earth does someone like this Rena Lindevaldsen explain the whole of Romans 13? (Christians should obey the state, pay their taxes etc etc etc)

Erin
August 19th, 2011 | LINK

This is just so disgusting. I followed the link to the book and saw the cover. They make the woman standing in the background, who is obviously Janet Jenkins look like such an evil, vindictive bitch. And what’s even worse is the kid and crazy mom are clenching each other as if the non-biological mom has just beaten both of them and they are comforting each other. Let’s review what exactly it was Janet Jenkins did “wrong”: She met a woman named Lisa Miller, who willingly entered into a relationship with her. They loved one another enough to get a civil union and have a child. Lisa then had said child, and Janet Jenkins was present for the birth, both of them listed as the legal parents. The relationship ended a couple years later, after both shared the responsibility of raising the child as partners and the divorce and custody proceedings ensued. Janet Jenkins was supposed to get some time with the kid, but Lisa Miller went all batshit nuts, aka found religion, and refused to honor the court order to let Janet have visitation. In light of this behavior, the judge awarded sole custody to Jenkins, but oopsy, batty woman already fled the country with the kid, aided and abetted by her “Christian” legal team. (This is catch-up for anyone new to the blog who doesn’t know the whole story. It’s also me expressing how dumbfounded I am at the claims of heroism by the people responsible.)

Janet Jenkins has now been separated from the child she helped raise and bonded with as her own daughter for at least a couple years. Undoubtedly, the child has been reassured everyday that she has been “rescued” from a bad person, so that when the law catches up with Miller and returns Isabella to Jenkins, little Isabella will possibly be miserable, confused, angry, hurt, and/or isolated, and all of this will be aimed at Janet Jenkins. Both will suffer. It is all because of the crazy/selfish Lisa Miller and her Christianist friends who insist Janet Jenkins was not simply a woman who loved and committed herself to her family, but an evil, dangerous homosexual, out to bring a young child into her care, only to corrupt and destroy her. I hope she is found, and I hope every last lawyer involved in her defense gets disbarred and does jail time for not only teaching law students to break federal law, but for also actually breaking it themselves. Shame.

Ezam
August 19th, 2011 | LINK

I hope I’m wrong but I have the feeling that Lisa Miller won’t be caught until Isabella is an adult (and likely brainwashed to the point it’ll be hard for her to trust anyone that isn’t a heterosexual fundamentalist).

JFE
August 19th, 2011 | LINK

Lindevalsen should really read all that research how bad one-parent households are for a child’s well-being that the anti-gay people keep blaming us about.

Ray
August 20th, 2011 | LINK

Timothy, It’s Thomas ROAD Baptist Church, not Thomas “Hill”.

Timothy Kincaid
August 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Yes Ray, that was one of my many errors.

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