The Kim Davis case has brought out all the most ignorant and ill-informed people in America, from Ted Cruz to Mike Huckabee to Davis’ own lawyers, all eager to act like they never heard of the United States Constitution or its First Amendment.
The Family Research Council said yesterday that Davis will be honored with the “Cost of Discipleship Award” at the Values Voter Summit on Friday evening, September 25.
According to the FRC:
What militant secularists are almost certainly afraid of is what is coming to pass: courage is breeding courage. When other people might have cowered in fear, Kim took a stand. And today, millions of Americans stand with her and for the religious freedom upon which our nation was founded.
The Religious Right are remembering our Founding very differently. Their history books must not include Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and George Washington and Thomas Paine, among others. Through word and deed, they are eager to show that ignorance.
A gang that included “Coach” Dave Daubenmire and organized by anti-abortion group Operation Save America (signs helpfully provided by Neo-Confederate Michael Peroutka‘s group, American View) showed up on September 8 at the home of the judge, U.S. District Judge David Bunning, who ordered Kim Davis to jail.
“Show us the law or set her free,” said Daubenmire. “We believe Kim Davis is the one following the law and the judge is the one breaking the law.” Daubenmire is the guy who a couple of years ago said he is tired of being “sodomized by the left” and who says anti-bullying efforts “bully Christians.”
“You, sir, are the one that’s in contempt of the law,” said the Benham brothers‘ daddy, the Rev. Philip “Flip” Benham. He’s the head of Operation Save America, and now you know why his kids are so screwed up, with a father like that.
“You, sir, are the one in contempt of God’s court, you’re in contempt of the Constitution of the United States of America, of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and sir, you need to repent.”
Unfortunately for these clowns, the United States Constitution does not allow for a “God’s court.” God has no legal standing, at least no more than Allah, or for that matter, Baal or Odin or Jupiter Optimus Maximus, just like he gets no vote.
Our old pal Bryan Fischer, always eager to lead the charge of ignorance, actually claimed Judge Bunning violated the Constitution by demanding Kim Davis pass a religious test. Which is interesting, because Religious Right figures frequently demand non-Christians pass religious tests and Fischer thinks that’s just fine.
He imposed a religious test on Kim Davis. He said if your religion does not allow you to affirm homosexual behavior and homosexual marriage, you can’t work here. So basically, he instituted a ban on Christians serving in public office because of your religion. I’m applying a religious test to you, you’ve got to have a religious view that is okay with gay marriage are you are not going to be allowed to serve in public office.
Of course, Davis is free to believe what she wants. But she is not free to impose her religious views on others. Fischer might have a case if Bunning had ordered her to add a wife to her four husbands, but he did not. He only told her to do the job she had sworn to do.
Heck, even Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt got in on the act, demanding Bunning’s arrest. Appearing on the oddly-named circle-jerk called the “Liberty Roundtable” last Wednesday, he proclaimed that jailing Davis was “an assault on the Constitution.”
It’s something that Joseph Stalin could only have dreamed about, and here we’re doing it to ourselves. It’s really incredible. We have lawyers like this Judge Bunning that are so ignorant of this American republican system that they don’t seem to know their left hand from their right.
I guess Pratt, like all these other fanatics, hasn’t a clue as to the basis of the American system of government. The only thing here that is incredible is that Pratt is not leading the charge of ignorance. That would be Davis’ own lawyers.
Mat Staver, who is not only one of Kim Davis’ lawyers but chairman of Liberty Counsel, is aiming higher yet. He was on “Crosstalk” last week and said Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan should be impeached.
On what grounds? Apparently, they should have recused themselves. You know, because they don’t agree with a gaggle of religious fanatics and we all know about how the Religious Right feels about anybody besides themselves having a right to an opinion.
People throughout history, through the Scriptures — you know, Moses’ parents, they had to choose whether to obey God or man back then, when Pharaoh says you need to give up your baby boys because he’s going to kill them. And the Book of Hebrew says they did not fear the king’s edict, and they ultimately hid the baby boy, and of course that baby boy was Moses.
It’s getting deep here. Ancient Egypt did not have the United States Constitution, which provides for a Wall of Separation between lunatics like Mat Staver and the rest of us.
I’ll save Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) for last. He was the guest Saturday of Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on “Washington Watch,” where he said abortion “rivals almost anything that happened on the altars of Baal.”
Franks and Perkins may find Baal worship abhorrent, but under the United States Constitution, Baal worship – like abortion – is perfectly legal.
Franks can say, “We have seen the evil of Planned Parenthood and the murder of these little children that rivals almost anything that happened on the altars of Baal. And if we don’t, as a nation, say, ‘No, we reject that,’ I’m afraid we’ll bring great sorrow upon all of us,” but those fetuses are no more legally children than the fetuses his god regularly ordered ripped out of their mothers’ wombs in the Old Testament.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.