Target: Arkansas State Representative Justin Harris
Goal: Demand resignation of lawmaker who reportedly “rehomed” his adopted daughters to the home of a child molester.
Even though it was revealed that he allegedly “rehomed” two adopted daughters because they were “possessed by the devil” to the home of a man who was later convicted of raping one of the girls, Arkansas State Representative Justin Harris is still serving in the state legislature. Demand that this man finally resign from his post in the government immediately.
The lawmaker has been laying low for the past few months after these disturbing allegations surfaced. The story is that, in 2012, Harris reportedly exploited his power as a state legislator to adopt three young girls (ages 3, 5, and 6) who had suffered abuse in the past, against the wishes of Department of Human Services (DHS) representatives who felt that he and his wife were not equipped to raise the girls.
The next year, Harris alleges that the girls got “violent.” He returned one to DHS, and later, saying that the other two were “possessed by demons” and could communicate “telepathically,” he apparently unofficially “rehomed” them to another family. The father of that family, Eric Francis, was later convicted of raping one of the rehomed girls, both of whom have since been adopted by another family.
Though Harris’ alleged actions were not illegal at the time he made them, the state legislature, in a direct response to this scandal and which he was still a part of at the time and continues to be a part of to this day, has since outlawed them. Despite this, no one has called for Harris’ resignation from the legislature. Indeed, he hasn’t even been censured.
Harris’ reported actions speak to a moral deficit that is unfit in any lawmaker, regardless of who they are. Sign the petition below to demand that this man resign from office at once over his alleged abandonment of his adopted daughters.
Dear Representative Harris,
I am writing you today regarding the fact that you are still in office months after the scandal of your alleged treatment of your adoptive daughters broke. I wonder how you justify this to yourself and your constituents.
It does not matter if these little girls were “possessed by demons.” It does not matter if they were violent. It does not matter if they could communicate with each other “telepathically.” You adopted these children—you had a responsibility to them. Turning your back on them and effectively abandoning them with another family is a profound betrayal that responsibility.
Your reported actions demonstrate a profound immorality that no government official should possess, and your continued framing of the scandal in a way that paints you as a victim instead of the little girls you abandoned to a child molester is the height of both heartlessness and arrogance. You have no place in government. I demand that you resign from your position as state representative at once.
[Your Name Here]
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