GOP Presidential Candidates Still Throwing Fits Over Jailing Of Bigoted Kentucky Clerk

GOP presidential candidates seeking to burnish their homophobic resumes in advance of the evangelical-dominated Iowa Republican caucuses, are rallying to the cause of jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. The Rowan County clerk was put in jail for contempt of court, after she refused to comply with an order to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Republicans, eager to appeal to conservative Christian voters, are falling all over one another trying to be the strongest defender of “religious liberty”, or at least to be the staunchest advocate for Kim Davis’ right to impose her brand of Christianity on the residents of her county.

Leading the brigade of Kim Davis’ righteous GOP disciples, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee calls Davis’ arrest the “criminalization of Christianity in our country”.  Mr. Huckabee seems to be confused, since Davis was arrested for contempt of court, not for her religious practices. Or perhaps he simply believes that Christians should be exempt from having to comply with secular laws. In any case, Huckabee plans to visit Davis in jail on Tuesday. He is also hosting a demonstration outside the jailhouse, where Davis’ supporters can gather to demand her release.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also rallied to the defense of Kim Davis’ on Friday, but none of them were able to match Mike Huckabee’s zeal. However, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was able to match Huckabee’s fanaticism in defending the homophobic clerk.

The Texas Senator railed:

Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in pubic office, they must disregard their religious faith — or be sent to jail. Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so.

Like Huckabee, Senator Cruz falsely argued that Davis was being persecuted for being a Christian. This disingenuous argument appears to be the talking point that Republican presidential hopefuls are pinning their political future on. Like Bill O’Reilly’s phony “war on Christmas”, this is also a war that exists only in the minds of right-wing fundamentalists. GOP candidates are counting on painting Christians as victims of religious persecution, in order to harvest votes. The argument is ridiculous, but in the Republican primaries ridiculousness sells. So don’t expect the GOP candidates to start acting sane anytime soon.

56 Replies to “GOP Presidential Candidates Still Throwing Fits Over Jailing Of Bigoted Kentucky Clerk”

  1. So, the couple who eventually were able to marry have been together longer than Kim was married to any of her 4 husbands? Obviously, these politicians overlook any inconvenient facts, and just focus n what they think will help their cause. Sorta like Santorum marrying his wife after she had lived with an abortion doctor for years. Once her education was complete and paid for, she left and became a born again hypocrite.

  2. This isn’t the American way: How are people bigots if they don’t agree with homosexuality? Gays are bigots when it comes to someone’s faith in God and this article proves it.

    Gay pride doesn’t need to be shoved on people to accept, just like the word of God doesn’t need to be shoved on People to accept as well. See how it’s all a choice?

    All walks of life will always disagree with one aspect or another in a society. In the end, we’re all American’s. Let’s all act like it without symbols. We have Old Glory as America’s symbol.

  3. So for these phony candidates, the Bible is more important that the law of the land. They keep proving they don’t believe in the Constitution or the rulings of the Supreme Court. How can these GOP candidates take the oath of office to support and defend the Constitution, when they don’t believe in the laws of the federal government, nor do they understand the meaning of “separation of church and state”.

    The SCOTUS surely opened Pandora’s Box with their Hobby Lobby ruling.

  4. Dumbass you don’t have to believe in homosexuality but you do have to follow the law of the land and if you choose to discriminate because a person is different then that makes you a bigot

  5. Fiorina and Graham will tell it like it is. Hell even Trump knows when law takes over . The rest pander and lie or are as stupid as the people they court. Watch a story on this in the news. One man said just because five SC justices agree does not make it law. So glad I had a chance to go to school where they teach reality.

  6. Piyush Jindal has a smirk on his face, I
    wonder if they will also throw a fit about the outbreak of STD’s and other illnesses in LA since JINDal closed womens clinics and took healthcare from the poor.

  7. Dummies think they have a chance to be president. Not with these horrendous views. They might appeal to the “I hate everything because gawd told me to” group, but more will see them for the demented fools they really are.

  8. Forget the rule of law. The GOP have a persecution complex a light year in diameter.

    And they want to let everyone know how much of a ‘victim’ they really are in the face of reality and–heh–LAW.

  9. “Gay pride doesn’t need to be shoved on people to accept, just like the word of God doesn’t need to be shoved on People to accept as well. See how it’s all a choice?”

    No, I don’t see how this is all a choice. Your argument doesn’t make a g0dd@mned bit of sense. Homosexuality is not something to be believed in or not believed in. It just exists. Period. Gay pride is not being shoved on anyone in this case. Kim Davis refuses to follow the law and has been denying both straight and gay couples their legal right to marry. Furthermore, she has coerced other people in her office to disobey the law based upon HER religion. She has disobeyed a court order to obey the law. And THAT is why she’s in jail.

    And the plural of “American” is “Americans”.

  10. I hope at the CNN 9/16 GOP debate, someone has the guts to asks these clowns whether they believe the SCOTUS decisions are the law of the land. If they don’t, they should be automatically be disqualified from being the GOP presidential nominee.

    It will be put up or shut up time, to see whether religion is more important to them, than the law of the land and defending the Constitution.

  11. The Republican scumbags work for the gov’t but they can’t uphold the laws of the land and all should be impeached because they are unfit to even be a bathroom attendant & if I didn’t follow the protocols of my employer I would be fired.
    GOPmustGO because they are the homegrown enemies of the 99% and America is better than this.

  12. I have a relative who doesn’t know why Hilary isn’t in jail but Davis is. I asked her what crime had Hilary committed? No response.

    Then she said Davis is under religious persecution, and that is why she is in prison. I told her Davis is in prison for not doing the job she was elected to do.

    I then told her Davis is a hypocrite! She refuses to give a marriage license to a gay couple, gave one to a transgender couple, but will give one to airs, adulterer, one that is greedy, coveted, steals, rapes, murderers….

    Then I informed her that if Davis were to apply the same rules to herself as the gay couples, she too would be denied a marriage license, seeing as she’s been married four times! Davis, cannot pick and choose which sinners she will give licenses to and which ones she won’t.
    If Davis applied her religious beliefs fairly, nobody in KY would receive a marriage license! We all sin, and business would go bankrupt, as there wouldn’t be customers to purchase pr…

  13. Why is nepotism so flagrantly displayed in Rowan County, KY?
    Many many commenters have been critical of Christians regarding this current story but please know there are many Christians that are in total disagreement with both Kim & Casey Davis!

  14. Maybe Vitter, who plans to run for governor of Louisiana, will come down with a raging case of ghonorhea! (sp?) I am certain he is still hanging around with prostitutes. Old habits die hard. Maybe he can announce THAT, and get another standing ovation from his republican co-horts.

  15. I was sure Dubya would never be president, either, and look what happened. We paid dearly for those mistakes. Well, maybe not so much “mistakes” as “dirty tricks”.

  16. I’ve seen several fake stories on the web over the past couple days. The gist of each is a Muslim clerk somewhere refuses to do this or that due to their beliefs. In every case, the redneck fundies take it seriously and lose their sh*t in the comments section without even seeing the irony.

  17. Imagine a wife or a daughter attempting to get a drivers’ license and the Muslim clerk telling them that Allah Does not permit women to drive.

  18. They may call a special election. The nepotism bothers me. If they are elected, how is that possible

  19. Another dumb Christian who doesn’t understand that America was founded as a secular nation, and that Davis is not being jailed for her beliefs, but for her insistence on forcing OTHER people to live as SHE believes they should live.

    This is FUNDAMENTALLY un-American. Freedom of religion does NOT mean a government employee gets to force her religious convictions on the people under her care.

    And guess what. Gay marriage has NOTHING to do with you. If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married!

  20. All it took was the usual Republican campaign of vilification and lies, a Democratic candidate that some Democrats weren’t wild about, a conservative/Republican dominated Supreme Court, and a third party candidate who was a long time liberal icon. The same thing could EASILY happen in 2016, so Democrats cannot be complacent!

  21. Please try to remember that the clerk is not a representative of real Christianity. For those who don’t read the Bible, she is called a “goat,” or a “phony believer” by God. A true Christian follows Scripture, which says believers are NOT to judge those outside of their faith, as well as OBEYING the laws of the land. All of her actions are the opposite of this. Whenever I see a “goat,” giving the real Christians a bad name, I get frustrated.
    There is nothing about this woman that represents Christianity. Don’t lump us with the likes of her, please.
    God’s love is to be expressed to all. She is the epitomy of a hypocrite, and a bigot, none of which the Bible approves of, but calls a sin.
    Sadly, unless she can humble herself, overcome her self-righteousness, and repent, she will be counted as an unbeliever by God when she passes.
    I would be proud to go to my gay cousin’s wedding. He has only known love from me. She is an embarassment to Christianity …

  22. I love this comparison. Spot on. This woman represents nothing but her own bigoty, and ignorance of Christianity. The “Religious Right,” do not follow Scriptures at all. I’ve spent almost 30 years translating Hebrew, and Greek, from Scriptures, into english, for my own gradification. No where is there any condemnation for being born gay. It’s what people do with their sexuality afterwards that is addressed to believers. If you don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God then don’t follow it. All have free will to choose how they will live, and that is to be respected by believers. People respond to love, not judgmentalism. I feel sad that people think she is a true Christian. The Bible says, “All will know you by your love.” Do you think she qualifies for that verse? I don’t.

  23. Thank you, Nancy, for showing how real, Christ-centered people, feel. Christ called us to love all humanity, because God-given life is sacred. I know many members in the Christian community who are gay and lesbian and have agonized over this issue for years. We should choose to love them, as Christ most certainly would do if he was walking this earth today.

  24. Davis is in jail for contempt of court. If a judge orders you to comply with his ruling and you do not, you are in contempt and you go to jail until you do comply. It has nothing to do with punishing her for her religious beliefs. She is entitled to believe and worship as she pleases under the Constitution of the United States. She is not allowed to use the power of her authority to make other people accept and live by her religious beliefs. If she can’t do the job she holds, she needs to get another job.

  25. Richard – poor little Richie equate homosexuality with being religious. Let me explain to to you Ricky-you can choose to believe or not in God-you can choose which denomination to believe in – X’tan, Judaism, Islam, Shinto, Confucianism, Hindi, Buddhism, etc., etc. Also, all are legal in the USA – so your choices are quite wide. Even with Christianity – there is a large choice of denominations to choose from – R.C. or Greek Orthodox; Protestant faith range from Fundamentalism to Liberal Humanism & everything in between. The list would be too long to put here.

    However, you don’t get to choose your sexuality – that is decided for you even before you are born. You don’t even choose your gender. & depending how the stew is blended plenty of errors could happen on your way to being. You can pray all you want it is not going to change who you are genetically.

  26. Have you seen the idiot brigade ejaculating stupid all over comment sections claiming this is clear persecution because bail isn’t an option for Davis? They can’t seem to grasp the fact that that is how all contempt of court cases are handled. There is nothing special or unique about it. I’ve seen several “Geez, even murders have a chance of bail!” *facedesk* When you are being held for refusing to obey a court order you are held until you comply. Period.

  27. We should give not only Kim Davis but all the pols who support her, e.g. Huckabee, Cruz, Santorum, what they really want. As good Christians, they pretend to emulate their “Lord and Savior.” Why not go all the way? I’ll buy the nine-inch nails and bring a hammer.

  28. Great arguments Maxie, but I want to know if.. your relative was stopped???? I had a discussion with my Son the other day about being gay. Asked him, If this was a chosen way of life, why were some children born as a child of both sexes. Suddenly, the conversation was ended. I have a feeling, you had the same thing happen.

  29. “Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office.”

    Christians, and people of any other religion, can serve in public office. What they cannot do is use the powers of that office to impose their religion on other people. Would Huckabee be rushing to the defense of a Muslim county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses unless the woman was wearing a hijab?

  30. I believe I read it over on Huffington Post that it was Ms. Davis’ husband that said that about the SC ruling. Very sad…

  31. Which husband or baby daddy? This woman sleeps with every Tom, Dick and Harry. My Bible says adultery is a sin, yet she continues that without conscience. I guess its all relative when you try to make money off conscience.

  32. Davis’ “higher authority” is nothing more than an appeal to the doctrine of divine rights. According to Davis, the king if law. According to Thomas Pain, “law is king.”

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Santorum (R-PA) and Ben Carson (R-MI) all believe in divine rights. They think the executive should be able to overrule any law or Supreme Court decision they don’t agree with.

    It’s the same with Kim Davis. To her, county clerks can do the same.

    “Sincerely held religious beliefs” is just a modern term for divine rights.

  33. …people in glass houses should only throw…PARTIES!!!
    {{{Almost said orgies, then it occurred to me I ain’t Roman…lol}}}

  34. Davis and her followers claim to follow the Bible. They obviously forgot this part:

    Romans 13New International Version (NIV)

    Submission to Governing Authorities

    13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

  35. And instead of shoving their version of Christianity down everybody’s throat, they should follow the Bible’s teachings, specifically what Jesus taught.

  36. …oh, I’m sure these bastards want the Divine Rights o’ Kings and Nobles restored…The Right of the First Night , the Right of the First Blood…many benefits to being in the ruling class…{spits}

  37. Kim Davis could have made a bigger impact regarding her Christian belief if she had walked away and simply said, “my belief in what the Bible says is more important than my position as a county clerk” We are a nation of laws, as such whether we agree or not, the Bible is clear that as Christians we are to obey those laws. We can as Christians show Christ to unbelievers by our love and our actions.
    We can emulate Christ as a Good Samaritan, feeding the hungry, taking care of the widows and children.We can attract many more with honey than vinegar.

  38. Kim Davis and her misguided faux-Christian supporters need to reread their Bible.

    Romans 13:1-7:

    Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

    Can’t be any clearer than that.

  39. Kim Davis’ rights end when they interfere with someone else’s rights.

    Many of our civil rights carry responsibilities and have restrictions placed on them. The well known yelling fire in a crowded theater is one such restriction on free speech.

    Government is not preventing her to practice her religion, she herself is the one not practicing the tenants of Christianity.

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