So, they can take the kids now, too?
When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law last week banning therapists for troubled teenagers from trying to help the teens rid themselves of unwanted homosexual attraction, he may have opened the door to the state to remove children from parents’ custody for getting them therapy the state doesn’t like.
That’s what Democratic Assemblyman Tim Eustace indicated Wednesday when he likened Christian parents who enroll their children in “gay conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy” to abusers who don’t deserve custody of their own offspring.
“What this [laws] does is prevent things that are harmful to people,” the openly gay Eustace told a Philadelphia-area radio station.
“If a parent were beating their child on a regular basis, we would step in and remove that child from the house. If you pay somebody to beat your child or abuse your child, what’s the difference?”
So, gay activists want the state to “step in and remove that child” from a home because a child’s parents have beliefs about religion or sexuality that the activists disapprove of.
Appearing as a guest on the same station, Mat Staver, president of a conservative law group suing New Jersey over the law, was outraged.
“It is shocking to hear the law’s sponsors threaten parents that the state will remove their children from them if they provide counsel they need and which helps them,” said Staver, founder of Orlando, Fla.-based Legal Counsel, which is also suing California over a similar law. “This is the ultimate nanny state.”
It’s especially shocking since the research Christie cited when he signed the law contained no documented “harm” from reparative therapy, just anecdotal evidence that “some individuals reported being harmed.”
So “some individuals reported being harmed” by their parents doing what they judged best for them even if they didn’t like it?
Every person reading this has felt this way at some point in their teenage lives. And every parent knows that taking that blame is one of the hardest parts of the job.
If that’s the standard for the state to take custody of children, all children would be custody of the state.
But maybe that’s what the libs are really shooting for.