A Christian businessman began his federal prison sentence Wednesday after being convicted of the crime of “international parental kidnapping” for helping a mother and her child escape control of an unrelated lesbian “mother” imposed on the child by a Vermont court.

Zodhiates regards himself as the target of a politically-motivated prosecution that served to promote the LGBT agenda. He maintains he broke no law in helping Lisa and Isabella to leave the country, and that federal prosecutors manipulated the case to achieve a guilty verdict against him. In the process, said Zodhiates, they managed to exclude evidence of abuse against Isabella by Jenkins. “It was nothing less than court-ordered sexual abuse,” Zodhiates added. “The courts were adamant about sanctioning the sexual abuse of a child in order to push through a vile political agenda. They are the ones that should be serving prison time.”

Zodhiates said that he refused plea bargains offered to him by prosecutors because “I’d have to plead guilty to aiding and abetting an international parenting kidnapping when there was no kidnapping.”

“I could not forsake Christ’s Word even if it meant no prison time,” Zodhiates said. “So prison has been expected all along. But that’s okay. We are all to expect it, and count it all joy. God promises to bring us through the trials and tribulations, and I have to say, it’s drawn me closer to the Lord in a tremendous way. He wants to bring us to the point where we are totally dependent on Him, where nothing we can do can make any difference.”

Two Mennonites, Timothy Miller and Kenneth Miller (who are unrelated to one another and to Lisa and Isabella), have been imprisoned as well. Miller said that his time behind bars had only made his convictions stronger.

“As non-resistant bearers of the Truth, we should not sit by as ‘the quiet in the land’ while society around us falls into ruin,” wrote Miller from prison. “Rather our lives should be a prophetic protest, an exposé of Satan’s tyranny, and we should not hesitate to oppose His lies with the Truth, by word and action.”

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