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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Every Child Deserves a Mother and a Father…

posted by on June 12 at 14:32 PM

They weren’t a mother and a father, just a mother and her male “companion,” but the religious right can nevertheless take comfort: this little boy has male and female role models, just as God intended…

Investigators found a crying 6-year-old boy tied up in a sweltering car at a suburban restaurant after employees reported seeing a man take the child outside and return without him to finish eating.

Police believe the boy, whose name was not released, was tied up for about 30 minutes while the outside temperature was in the 80s Saturday in Ringgold, Ga., about 13 miles southeast of Chattanooga, Sgt. John Gass said Tuesday.

“He was sitting up in between the two front seats and he was crying,” Gass said. “He had a rope tied to one of his ankles. The child was just sweating, just soaking.”

The boy’s mother, Rachel Gilchrist, 35, and her companion, Raymond Minchew, 61, both of Sandy Springs, Ga., were arrested Saturday and charged with cruelty to children.

Dozens of children die every year after being left—usually by accident—in hot cars. Temperatures in a locked car in the sun can reach fatal levels in as little as 15 minutes.

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Um, is it wrong of me to want to thank him for at least getting a screaching kid out of the restaurant?

Perhaps a better alternative would be pediatric tranquilizers.

Posted by Colin | June 12, 2007 2:59 PM

Go play in traffic #1.

Posted by biggie j guitar player for amplified rock outfit SSS | June 12, 2007 3:04 PM

Why is it that every summer kids die in hot cars and every winter kids fall through the ice???

Shouldn't we all know this by now?

Posted by Dianna | June 12, 2007 3:05 PM
Rachel Gilchrist, 35, and her companion, Raymond Minchew, 61


Posted by keshmeshi | June 12, 2007 3:06 PM

These people are idiots, period. But why bring religion and sexual orientation into the story? Are there no gay idiots? Are there no secular idiots? Don't get me wrong, I think that all religion is organized ignorance, but this post lacks any cogency whatsoever.

Posted by adam smith | June 12, 2007 3:18 PM

If they had put him in the trunk they wouldn't have had to tie him.
I'm just sayin...

Posted by Thom | June 12, 2007 3:20 PM

I'm not addressing their religion, or lack of same, Adam Smith, but the religious right and its insistence that only opposite-sex couples are fit to parent. The religious right would have us believe that any opposite-sex couple, however deranged, is going to be better, fitter parents than any same-sex couple, however fit.

Posted by Dan Savage | June 12, 2007 3:23 PM


That's nothin'.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 12, 2007 4:01 PM

Dan's point, I think, is that at least one nationally prominent christer-leader has said that there are no fit gay parents, that the worst straight parents are better than the worst gay parents.

Posted by Ballard Pimp | June 12, 2007 6:10 PM

Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Dan. I've added them to the waiting list. We should have some room down here after we burn off some of Falwell's fat ass.


Posted by The Devil | June 13, 2007 12:35 PM

Can anyone give an update on the boy.

Posted by concerned | June 14, 2007 1:57 PM

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