Friday, September 4, 2015

How A Hateful Homophobic County Clerk Become The Rights New Hero / Martyr

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis' mugshot
Social conservatives and the religious right have found a new cause celeb to rally behind in the form of a hateful Rowan County clerk from Kentucky named Kim Davis. In recent weeks Davis has made herself a martyr amongst the right wingers of America by denying same sex couples marriage licenses due to her mistaken belief that her god has told her to do so.

Davis' denial of marriage certificates flies in the face of an April 28, 2015 Supreme Court ruling that made same sex marriage legal in all 50 states. The Obergefell v. Hodges ruling overturned bans on same sex-marriage across the country and required states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as well as recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

In other words marriage equality is the law of the land.

If you think this woman was locked up on day one of her antics you would be wrong. She was given plenty of leeway. First she was ordered by the governor to do her job, but she refused. Then she was ordered by a federal judge to do her job, but she refused. This week, the Supreme Court rejected her appeal of the federal judge’s decision, which should have been the final word on the matter, but still she refused to the job she was elected by the people of Kentucky to do. And so now, finally, she has been hauled before a judge and held in contempt of court.

Thus the embattled Rowan County Clerk has been ordered into the custody of U.S. Marshals by U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning for repeatedly violating the law .

But instead of scorn for her criminal acts coupled with her homophobic views about the horror that is "marriage equality" and her bigoted denial of marriage licenses to loving same sex couples the right has, of course, made her a beloved heroic figure and thrust her into the klieg lights so that they may adore her.

First to jump on the Davis' anti gay bandwagon was...

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and GOP presidential candidate, who has called Davis to offer his support, repeated his talking point about the “criminalization of Christianity” and announced plans to travel to Kentucky to support her legal battle.

Then Huckabee started a petition demanding President Obama “free Kim Davis”:

Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, & Judge Bunning: 
Immediately release Kim Davis from federal custody. Exercising Religious Liberty should never be a crime in America. This is a direct attack on our God-given, constitutional rights. 
Mike Huckabee

Then it was…

Texas Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's to release this breathless statement on his presidential website following the arrest of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis...

Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America. I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion. Cruz finished his lamentations by saying: I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now.”

Next was…

Louisiana Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, who has tried to turn phony claims about Christian persecution in America into a major campaign theme.

While Jindal has made a point of rallying against the (non-existent) imposition of Islamic religious law in Western Europe, the Republican leader hailed clerk Kim Davis for citing her personal beliefs on biblical law and God’s judgment as a reason to flout U.S. law on marriage, telling the Huffington Post:

"I don't think anyone should have to choose between following their conscience and religious beliefs and giving up their job and facing financial sanctions. I think it's wrong to force Christian individuals or business owners. We are seeing government today discriminate against whether it's clerks, florists, musicians or others. I think that's wrong. I think you should be able to keep your job and follow your conscience," he said. "I absolutely do believe people have a First Amendment right, a constitutional right. I don't think the court can take that away."

Next in line was

Kentucky Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, who despite all appearances to the contrary is still running for president, has an opinion on Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who is refusing to do the job she was elected to do and defying the Supreme Court. Paul says this flouting of the rule of U.S. law is "part of the American way," and then gets all erudite with his own, convoluted interpretation of how law works.

"I think people who do stand up and are making a stand to say that they believe in something is an important part of the American way,"

 Let's send in the clowns now with…

Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) took things to the next level by suggesting Saturday that Davis should receive a “Rosa Parks Award.”

Then it was time for the right wing media to glom onto this hate-train. 

Let's start the homophobe conga line with

Todd Starnes, a Fox News pundit, continued to defend her, warning that “these are very dangerous days for America” who tweeted…

Then it was

Erick Erickson, the founder, who thought it would be wise to bandy about such words as "civil war"

Then we have

Bryan Fischer, American Family Radio host, spent the first hour of his radio broadcast today voicing his outrage declaring that

"this is a pivotal point in American history" and asserting that Davis will "wind up being the person on which American history turns," and that this is proof that "every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty," Fischer also proclaimed that every GOP presidential candidate must now be "pushed to the wall, backed into a corner" and forced to state a position on the controversy because this issue is now "the dividing line in the GOP nomination campaign."

Crawling out of the woodwork we have

Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council President, released the following statement...

Today we are witnessing what the four dissenting Supreme Court Justices warned of in the Obergefell decision: religious liberty in America is in grave danger.The time to protect and accommodate religious liberty is now,” 

Then we have

The Liberty Counsel, which predicted that President Obama will impose “forced homosexuality” upon the nation, has urged Davis to flout the law and defy the courts claiming that the Supreme Court’s landmark Obergefell decision is illegitimate and can be ignored. In addition Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit for Davis against the governor of Kentucky claiming that Davis cannot act... contradiction to the moral law of God, natural law, or her sincerely held religious beliefs and convictions” or it would be a violation of her oath. They then added that the enforcement of the marriage equality ruling is inherently unconstitutional as it “creates a religious (or anti-religious) test for holding office — which the United States and Kentucky Constitutions expressly forbid.”

 On a final note, after Davis was held in contempt of court and locked up for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples five of her six deputy clerks told a judge they would begin issuing the licenses as the law requires.The lone dissenter was Davis’s son, also a deputy clerk.

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