This story is appalling.
A northern Arizona family has survived being lost at sea for weeks after an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion.
Hannah Gastonguay and her family will fly back home Sunday after taking their two small children and her father-in-law and setting sail from San Diego for the tiny island nation of Kiribati in May.
Weeks into their journey, the Gastonguays hit a series of storms that damaged their small boat, leaving them adrift for weeks, unable to make progress. They were eventually picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel, transferred to a Japanese cargo ship and taken to Chile. LinkThese parents have failed at their most basic parental responsibility, keeping their children safe. And the most stupid part is that they want to leave the U.S. for the ridiculous idea that the U.S. government is interfering with religion.
Hannah Gastonguay said her family was fed up with government control in the U.S. As Christians they don't believe in "abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church," she said.
U.S. "churches aren't their own," Gastonguay said, suggesting that government regulation interfered with religious independence.Basically, they almost killed their kids (toddler and infant) and themselves because some people in the United States don't hate the gays as much as they want them to. The part about the state-controlled church is just pure conspiracy nonsense.
Of course they credit God for their rescue when they were just really, really lucky. I doubt they're smart enough to think of the idea that maybe God sent a bunch of storms to tell them they're idiots for putting their family into danger in the first place.