Monday, February 04, 2013

Mennonite Pastor Ordered Back To Jail For Refusing To Testify To Grand Jury

AP on Friday reported that Kenneth Miller, a Mennonite pastor from Stuarts Draft, Va., was sent back to jail by a Vermont federal district judge who has ordered him to testify before a grand jury about a man involved in the 2009 flight of Lisa Miller and her daughter to Central America. Kenneth Miller already faces up to 3 years in prison after  he was convicted of abetting an international kidnapping. (See prior posting.). He told Vermont district judge William Sessions III: "If I were to bring testimony against a fellow member of Christ’s kingdom, for honoring Christ’s kingdom’s laws, I would be disloyal to his kingdom and to Christ." Lisa Miller renounced homosexuality, became a Baptist and then a Mennonite, and fled the country after her former same-sex partner was awarded custody of of the daughter. Lisa Miller was originally granted custody, but after she refused to comply with visitation schedules for her former partner, courts in both Virginia and Vermont granted custody to the former partner. (See prior posting.)