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It is evil, Rep. Harris 

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Online comments from readers on last week's cover story on state Rep. Justin Harris' rehoming of his adopted girls to a man who turned out to be a pedophile:

It is evil, Rep. Harris

"In February, the Arkansas Times asked Rep. Harris to comment on the case and explain what became of the girls he and his wife had adopted. He refused, and stated that the Times was attempting to 'smear' him. 'It's evil,' he said, becoming visibly upset."

Harris' conclusion is absolutely correct, but it has nothing to do with the article. It IS evil. You don't like your new kids which you've adopted? Well just give 'em away to somebody. Give them to a potential sex abuser. I'll give Harris the benefit of the doubt on this because, at the time, he might not have known this could happen. Maybe, maybe not. Harris has some questions he needs to answer about precisely why Francis was fired. In other words, what did Harris know and when did he know it? Was there more to this than Francis' punctuality?

Either way, Harris shouldn't be eligible to serve on any public body or in any civic capacity. Giving your unwanted children away to somebody is despicable according to anybody's religious beliefs whether it's technically illegal or not. Add to that, Harris is always putting himself up as a paragon of "Christian" virtue — quoting scripture to the Times for example. Obviously, a righteous man such as he would not make a decision such as "rehoming" your children without a lot of prayer. They all say this, all the time. So who's he gonna blame for the tragedy which followed? God? Probably not. Justin Harris? CERTAINLY not. 

Well, who does that leave? I guess that leaves the Arkansas Times for revealing the story. Short of a libel lawsuit, he can't do anything about that. So who will he punish, who will he lash out out [at] — other than liberals in general? Everybody needs to pay close attention to what happens at DHS. They appear to be the main one in the line of fire.

Let's also watch for who defends him in state government. The voters might catch on some day ...

Olphart

DHS secrecy

There are lots of problems with this matter. The news media can't adequately investigate what happened after the adoption because the court case file is sealed and not available to the press or the general public.

DHS will be hesitant to investigate this because they could easily end up with a lot of egg on their face and because Justin Harris is an incumbent House member.

I'm wondering if the adoption was subsidized by the state? If so, did the subsidy continue after the adoption and did Justin Harris and his wife continue to receive those subsidy payments after they no longer had physical custody of the children? If so, there could be some criminal fraud involved there. Some of those subsidy funds are federal dollars, so maybe the state needs to ask the feds to help investigate this matter.

I agree, Benjamin Hardy has done a good job here, but I think he's just found the tip of the iceberg so far. I'd be willing to bet a large sum of money there's a heck of a lot more to this story that may never see the light of day.

What we do know at this point is that Justin Harris and his wife in effect abandoned those children they had adopted. At least one of those children was sexually abused and will now have to live with the effects of that for the rest of her life.

Yes Justin Harris, there is something evil about this. I would suggest you will see it along with a Teapubliban hypocrite every time you look into a mirror.

RYD

Pets treated better

Some pet rescue organizations take adoption more seriously than our state laws do.

When children are legally adopted as these children were, that means you are their Mom and Dad (or Mom and Mom or Dad and Dad as may be the case in more enlightened places). You can't walk away from that morally even if you can legally.

Years ago, acquaintances in California adopted a brother and sister, aged 4 and 6. The adoption agency had not disclosed how severely abused the children had been nor the psychological damage they bore as a result of that abuse. My friends, who were not particularly religious, never faltered. The next 15 years of their lives were a living hell. THEY NEVER GAVE UP. 

If Justin and Marsha Harris ran a kennel, I would not board my three furry best friends with them! If this is an example of their attitudes toward children, imagine their attitude toward animals.

The Outlier

B.S.

Threats of possible abandonment charges? 

What utter bullshit. Is that why they were forced to continue cashing checks from the state? 

They can hire an attorney to defend abandoning those babies by rehoming them, but they couldn't stand up to "threats of abandonment charges" from the state? 

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Harris — This is not about you. THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU. It's about those little girls, but then it was never about those little girls with y'all, was it? It was about you and how wonderful it was supposed to make you look by filling your quiver. 

Time to resign, dude. Get it over with. You're digging yourself in deeper with every breath you take. Threats of charges over abandonment don't happen when you try and work with DHS, so the only explanation is that you did not want to work things out. 

Vanessa

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