A Virginia man is going to prison today for something he says pastors may be punished for in the near future.
"I was convicted of aiding and abetting an international parental kidnapping and conspiracy to commit an international kidnapping," Philip Zodhiates said Tuesday on American Family Radio. "For that, I received two concurrent three-year sentences in federal prison."
Zodhiates was part of a group that helped a Vermont woman named Lisa Miller flee the United States with her biological daughter, Isabella. Miller was in a lesbian lifestyle, became a Christian, and left the lifestyle only to have a judge award custody to Miller's former lesbian partner. The partner and Miller's daughter have no biological or legal relationship. (See related articles from OneNewsNow)
According to Zodhiates, his conviction was the result of the Obama White House and the Department of Justice, and "the pro-homosexual radical groups like Southern Poverty Law Center, Lambda Legal, and those groups," he added.
Zodhiates said he contacted religious liberty law firms for help, but they declined because his was a criminal case.
"They said they'd only help with civil cases," he told AFR radio host Bryan Fischer. "I said they might be coming after me now, but pretty soon they'll be coming after pastors or preachers who teach God's words that homosexuality is a sin – and that's going to be an offense that is going to be punishable by prison as well for them eventually.
"So to not take up my case because it is a criminal case is just wrong," he concluded. "It's definitely the criminalization of Christianity in America. There's no doubt about it."
Zodhiates also faces two civil lawsuits.