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Anti-Gay Activist Lawyer Convicted of Child Pornography

By Evelyn Schlatter on January 11, 2013 - 2:24 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

A New Hampshire lawyer who works with a virulently anti-gay Christian right organization has been found guilty of child pornography charges after videotaping a 14-year-old girl having sex with two men on multiple occasions.

Lisa Biron, 43, of Manchester faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison after a jury convicted her yesterday after deliberating for less than an hour.

Biron, arrested by the FBI last November, was accused of eight felony counts involving the videotaping of men having sex with the girl. She also allegedly made a cellphone video of herself having sex with the girl.

Biron, who claimed on her Facebook page (which was taken down, according to the Concord Monitor) that the Bible was her favorite book, had worked with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), formerly the Alliance Defense Fund, in defending a Pentecostal church in Concord in a tax fight against the city.

The Arizona-based ADF calls itself a “servant ministry” that seeks to transform the legal system and advocate “for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” The group issues dire warnings about “the homosexual agenda” and offers a book (available for a donation of $35) by its president, Alan Sears, and senior director Craig Osten, with that title. In the book, the authors claim that “the homosexual agenda” will destroy religious liberty and free speech. In one chapter, they claim that homosexuality on college campuses leads to pedophilia, and that homosexuality and pedophilia “are intrinsically linked,” a falsehood long perpetuated by the anti-gay right to demonize LGBT people.

In the wake of Biron’s arrest, the ADF removed all mentions of her from its website and Facebook page, and in a November CBS News report said that Biron was never an employee. The group has released no further statements on Biron. According to the LGBT blog Joe.My.God., the group continued to remove mentions of her from its Facebook page yesterday and banned anyone who posted anything about her.

Biron may not have been a formal employee of the ADF, but John Aravosis at Americablog found that she had been a member of the ADF “Honor Corps,” which the group created to recognize allied attorneys who complete 450 hours of pro bono service for the group and to award and recognize “significant milestones” in service. Honor Corps attorneys also receive perks from the ADF like pro bono referrals and opportunities, job and résumé postings, invitations to their regional legal academies, and access to online resources and confidential updates and presentations. In March 2011, Biron was mentioned by the ADF as an “Allied Attorney Success Story.” The ADF website doesn’t list that anymore, but you can find it here.

  • Erika

    aadila, while a bit late to be on cue, here may well be an example:

    At least its a pretty appalling representation of the Red State mentality in the supporting of beating childeren and child abuse.

    Even more appalling when you follow the link and look at the comments on the local news site. Most of them predictably are totally in support of severely beating stranger’s kids for minor infractions.

    It’s insanity i tell you :(

    On a happier note, stories like this make me happy i no longer live in Georgia.

  • Kate

    It is very obvious to me that when anyone assaults a teenager, that is a major crime because they are below the age of consent in every state.
    In addition to that, I never have met any person who actually believes and also dares to state that producing child pornography for sale would ever be considered not guilty of a major crime called Rape.
    It is very obvious that every American State has laws on their books that would confirm what I say about legal age for consent and also for the sale of pornography.
    I do not doubt at all that these filmers and purveyers of major criminality could also be jailed for not mentioning their crimes in order to be free from government taxation as well.

  • aadila

    In other words, how many Red State school paddlers really, REALLY, enjoy their jobs? Probably a lot more than are letting on…

  • Erika

    aadila, the Virginia case i posted actually involved male on male sexual abuse (at a private military academy) – but it remains a perfect example of a case where an abuser used corporal punishment as sexual abuse and as grooming for further sexual abuse. However, it is likely that the abuse was only discovered due to it escalating beyong paddling. How many sexual abusers never escalte beyond the use of the paddle and never get caught?

  • Reynardine

    The Ganymede in question was Rembrandt’s, for those who wish to look this thing up. An equally disgusting thing is Tiziano’s “Children’s Bacchanale”, featuring plump, naked toddlers, mostly boys, lecherously parading and tumbling.

  • Reynardine

    Aadila, have you ever wondered why a demon is represented as an infant, or an infant as demonic? That reflects the way Church fathers depicted infants right to (or through) the renaissance- the time of the depiction of the rape-bait infant Ganymede.

    There is some evidence, from legend and from archaeology, that an ancient Indus civilization that was at least matrilineal, if not matriarchal, was violently conquered by invaders who were driven from the Caspian era by desertification. One way to show utter contempt for women is to crush their “fruit” underfoot, and for the whole lineage is to extinguish their children and then “infect” their women forceably with their conquerors’ “seed”. It goes on to this day. And now, do you still think that dying baby is demonic?

  • aadila

    Rey good observations. I think in the case of the Vedic art you are referring to it was a depiction of Shiva in the manifestation of Chidambaram.

    That’s actually a highly symbolic representation of dance, whereas the “infant” is a demon, not a human child, although both god and infant are one in the same for purposes of the dance. The dance treads out evil so that good can flourish in the circle likely depicted above his head in the image you saw. The infant form symbolizes its primordial nature.

    The dance is also a creation myth of sorts, since the entire universe is symbolized as emerging from one source. So it’s not as shocking as it might appear once the full symbolism is explored…in any case certainly not in the temporal, sensual way as depicted by the salacious Ganymede.

    But there is no doubt as Erika points out that contemporary pygophilia is the accepted norm in many American public schools, with even _male_ teachers given the right to spank adolescent females in the red-state South. What we are talking about is a grown man hitting a girl on the buttocks with a stick he keeps for just this purpose. It’s pretty disgusting.