Kim Davis, who's been married four times, refused to do her job to protect the sanctity of marriage
Evangelical Christianity and far right-wing Roman Catholicism have managed to completely erase the concept of 'live and let live' from the social landscape. They and the rethugs have also managed to extirpate 'the common good' from the whole US political dialogue - effectively taking White Out to the preamble of the Constitution. Strong religion is the cause of much which is wrong with the modern world as it ever has been.
It seems like the people who scream loudest about marriage being between one man and one woman usually have a side piece, or two. Or 5 marriages. Or murdering your wife so you can be with your girlfriend.
In the light of all this, I'd like to reprint something I wrote a few years ago, with Kim Davis and others like her in mind:
This is an open letter to people who work for the government officially on our behalf, anyone from a cop to a president. This is addressed to those who serve in our government, yet cannot separate their job from their belief system. I’m thinking especially of those people who are convinced that the United States is a Christian nation.
I just have a little something to say. This won’t take long:
𝐼 𝑑𝑜𝑛'𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢'𝑟𝑒 𝐶ℎ𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑛, 𝐽𝑒𝑤, 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑙𝑖𝑚, 𝑀𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑜𝑛, 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑝 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑜𝑚 𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑡, 𝑜𝑟 𝑝𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑛 𝑎 𝑏𝑎𝑑𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎 𝑔𝑢𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑜 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑛 𝑝𝑎𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑙 𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑎 𝑐𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑏𝑒𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑔𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡, 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑟𝑜𝑙𝑒, 𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑶𝑵𝑳𝒀 𝑶𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝑰𝒔 𝑻𝒐 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝑨𝑾. 𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝐵𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑜𝑟 𝑄𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑟 𝐵ℎ𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑣𝑎𝑑 𝐺𝑖𝑡𝑎 𝑜𝑟 𝐵𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑜𝑓 𝑀𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑎𝑦𝑠 𝑯𝑨𝑺 𝑵𝑶 𝑷𝑳𝑨𝑪𝑬 ... 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑓𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑦 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑎𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑛𝑜 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑓 𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑔𝑜𝑑 𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑙. 𝐵𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑒, 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑢𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑢𝑝𝑜𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑡𝑜 𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑵𝑬𝑼𝑻𝑹𝑨𝑳.
𝐼𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛'𝑡 𝑑𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ... 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦. 𝑃𝐸𝑅𝐼𝑂𝐷.
“David Ermold and David Moore are still trying to capitalize on the brief moment of fame they engineered back in 2015.”
Sure, they engineered some fame by choosing to get married and following the law. As if they chose to go to Davis, they were required to. As if they knew ahead of time that she’d refuse them. Or that they forced her to reject their lawful request. She did that in her own. The only person engineering fame, and benefitting from said notoriety is Davis herself. Even with this ruling, even though she lost and has to pay, she’s back in the news and making money off her name.
What does the couple get from all this? $100,000 doesn’t come to much after taxes and fees, and folks don’t know them by sight or name, they only know them as the couple that were refused by Kim Davis. She’s still the biggest part of their lives when all they wanted was a life together.
Engineered fame. Projection, thy name is Liberty Counsel.
Imagine only being famous because you were an asshole to people, on what should've been the happiest day of their lives, for no good reason at all.
Ugh, I had forgotten about this wretched woman. I'm glad she lost, but like Hemant alluded to this is going to be good for her brand. She's a martyr now, books and tv shows and podcasts with crazy women who hallucinate Jello barns. She won't have any real comeuppance, which just sucks.
Shortly after all this went down, I was pulled in for inspection at the weigh station in that county. I mentioned it to the officer doing the inspection, and she could see through Davis' bullshit.
It couldn't happened to a better person. Still sad about the other couple mentioned in the article in the comment on the previous post.
𝐶ℎ𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑖𝑡ℎ.
Except that in this case and others, she was NOT being sued for her faith. Kim Davis was being sued for her ACTION, or really, lack of action in refusing marriage licenses to gay couples. I genuinely wonder if it has sunk in on her that she can have her faith all she wants; she just doesn't get to map her faith onto others in a publicly funded position. A long time ago, I wrote that anyone working for the public has a primary obligation TO THE LAW. Not to the bible or their own personal faith, but to the law of the land, local, state and federal.
Kim Davis thought her faith superseded that. She was wrong.
"So she wasn’t a hypocrite, everyone; she just wasn’t really a Christian yet."
Ah. I see. So Davis asserts that as a person, as a human being she has no responsibility to others and no moral principles that she either fulfills or fails to fulfill; she's not IMmoral, she's Amoral. She thinks her being a human being has no moral obligations built into it. She's saying that she's only capable of hypocrisy or any other moral failing when she has adopted her extremely legalistic version of Christianity. Yet even now she's still trying to get out of her obligations, because somehow they're still irrelevant to whatever she says her god wants.
That's abjectly irresponsible, and so morally shallow it's not even flat. She makes a piece of paper look deep by comparison. Davis is a good example of why Christianity is dying in the U.S. and when it's finally gone, it won't be missed.
Hate Group Leader, Mad Mat Staver (Liberty Counsel) is displeased (the poor bigot):
"Liberty Counsel will file a judgment notwithstanding the verdict to U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning next week in response to the jury rendering $100,000 against former Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis in Ermold v. Davis. Essentially, the jury had no basis or evidence to support their verdict."
Liberty Counsel, by the way, is yet another Christian pressure group treated as a church by the IRS which means no annual report is required. I reached out to Ron Klain in frustration but he has moved on, replaced by Jeff Zients.
How the fuck is a law firm, even a Christian law firm, a church?
In other news, super Duper Christian and family values advocate Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has, while married to someone else, been carrying on affair with Trump butt sniffer Corey Lewandowski, according to a news article I just read. If this is true, one with almost think that Christian family values include lying, fornication, adultery, reviling, slandering, fornication, adultery, hypocrisy, faux moral outrage, fornication, adultery, and extramarital sex.
Hey look, you gays. As I representative of the local consortium of Christian Churches, I have to warn you. Taking money from mouth beathing bigots is our racket. Don't even think about trying to muscle in on our turf. We've been fleecing these inbred, chew-swallowing suckers longer than you've been alive. And it's going to stay that way. So if this cousin-marrying Davis has a 100,000 dollars, it's ours. Not yours. Understand?
Jesus will bless her with a tour of the fundy circuit.
"One fundraiser with my pals--you'll never need another cent." --Batman
OT: Ugh, not far from me, but I'm busy. Otherwise I'd consider going.
I saw a commercial on TV with a website, but I don't remember it and I can't find anything else.
Liberty Counsel. Suggested more than once that pro-gay organizations be boycotted while simultaneously whining that gays are using boycotts to push for equal treatment. They scream about what they falsely call economic terrorism while trying to nudge others into actually practicing economic terrorism.