Kim Davis To Get an Award From Family Research Council for Excellence in Bigotry

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.

27 Replies to “Kim Davis To Get an Award From Family Research Council for Excellence in Bigotry”

  1. In a way, I do feel sorry for Ms. Davis. There will come a time when this will all be over with and she will wake up without a job. She will then go back to those politicians who showed up and ask/beg from them for some help; and she will get is some platitudes of keeping the faith and stay strong this is God’s will. That will be it, and she will awake at that moment to realize that she was used to further those failed Political aspirations. the irony of that will be when she finds herself being supported by the very same people she tried to deny Marriage too!

  2. I just cannot feel sorry for hateful bigots who hurt and discriminate against people in the name of their their made up god.

  3. …when you claim your “Freedom of Religion” consists of denying others THEIR rights…you know NOTHING about the Teachings o’ Jesus Christ OR the US Constitution…Teahadists and Jihadists are the same Hate and Intolerance under a different label…

  4. “Definition,cretin. A Person that is: brainless, stupid, child-like, and full of pointless information that makes no sense and appeals only to other cretins.”

    If you have “information” based on something an “invisible man” told your next door neighbor the morning after he drove his truck off the road, after a long night of drinkin’ and fornicatin’ with the other neighbors wife, yewww might be an christian cretin…

    If you’re feelings and emotions for the high school football coach are getting a little too “hard” to hide from the fellars you hunt with, yeww might be a gay christian cretin…

    This is too easy…

    Imagine Tig Nataro, truck driver belt buckle, Jeff Foxworthy mustache and, an HBO special…

    She could do it with her eyes closed!

  5. She sits behind closed doors and boohoos about a situation of her own making. Far cry from the authoritarian crap that she and her lawyers were spouting last week. She is guilty of obstruction and I would like to see a little more jail time for her nonsense.Meanwhile licenses are being issued and are are being honored.

  6. Ignorant of the 1st Amendment’s Establishment Clause, where she is flat out wrong and guilty. But that’s OK, go on cherry picking the Constitution like you cherry pick your bible.


  7. The only “award” I think she deserves comes in the form of pointed lead that travels at thousands of feet per second. This is one instance where 2 amendment solutions are appropriate.

  8. if we sit silently and do not say or do anything, they win. these hateful religous bigots and fake Christians need to be challenged. i’m angry, you’re angry, we are all angry. one way to fight back? vote next year! start thinking about it now.

  9. She ran for the co clerks job, knowing full well that the supreme court was soon to issue a ruling on same sex marriage. There was a fifty-fifty shot she would find herself in this position. This is a bullshit argument by her attorneys, for her to break the law, and play the martyr. Send her back to

  10. These hillbillies have a pretty high bar for heroes don’t they? Oh by the way Stalin would have just had the bitch shot. No dreams no nothing. Call it done and find another fool.

  11. …and PUTIN woulda had her either shot or poisoned…probably wonders why Prez Obama hasn’t done same to HIS political enemies…lol

  12. Obviously Ms. Davis’ lawyers did not study the US Constitution. Maybe they slept through those classes. For these morons to continue to say that her Constitutional rights are being violated is at best laughable. They should be disbarred for their stupidity.

  13. And yet the media allows religious nutjobs like Mike Huckabee to show up on national TV and spew his unconstitutional drivel. We ABSOLUTELY need a real media in this country, these faux journalists who don’t push back against Republican lies are ruining this country!

    First of all, EVERY reporter needs to say “Um, no sorry. The US was not founded as a religious nation, or a nation based on Christianity. It was founded as a SECULAR nation. Period, end of story, thanks for playing”. The FF were VERY clear about that one pertinent fact. And here come the Dominionists with their Bibles and their wrecking balls, come to smash down the wall between church and state.

    Make no mistake, this incident is another in a long line of battles they will fight. And they WILL lose because we have The Constitution and the Supreme Court. And no amount of whining or crying will change this.

  14. look at the republican presidential candidates, who don’t know the constitution and are supporting her…

    At least Graham and Fiorina know Kimmy is WRONG.

  15. Hey GOP – you want religion in your government? MOVE TO IRAN.

    The stupidity of these people is mind-boggling.

  16. Actually the Catholic Church stuck its dirty hands into this melting pot, long before the televangelists showed up on the Mayflower. Sadly, the separation we would like to believe exists between church and state, is fully woven into the fabric of this Nation. Makes me sick, too. An actual separation needs to be fully established. The Supreme Court has both denied and agreed with it throughout America’s history, not declaring it absolute.

    See Papal Bull, The Doctrine of Discovery, 1493

  17. Is this like a “major reward” (A Christmas Story) for Teatards? Must be a real honor for her. Bet she will display it proudly. What she should be getting is a pinkslip!

  18. She is not the issue, merely a planned distraction. Her legal team, Liberty Counsel, is the issue. This is a hate group so designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center. LC was personally involved in Uganda, promoting its “Kill the Gays” law. Much of the Religious Freedom Legislation here in the US is the result of activities by LC. According to Southern Poverty Law Center, Liberty Counsel encourages its clients to defy court orders and violate the law. LC then receives large donations from like-minded bigots, with which to continue its hateful, oppressive activities, i.e., trying to force the entire world to live by its born again christian beliefs. Davis is just a roadkill-eating tool of LC. As an attorney, I know for a fact that the ethical rules promulgated by state Supreme Courts do not allow attorneys to promote violations of the law by their clients. Such actions can result in disbarment. The Kentucky Supreme Court Rules of Ethics prohibit misconduct. Write about this,Politicus

  19. Thank you, Hrafnkell Haraldsson, for this clearly articulated article.

    This is dangerous and should not happen in the United States of America: bigotry rewarded.

    IMHO, they involved need to be cited for insurrection.

    We are a secular nation, deliberately so by our Founders and Framers. To do otherwise is unlawful, to say the least.

  20. somebody does something they love and somebody, somewhere says ‘let’s make up an award!’ and i thought martyrs were just supposed to be satisfied that they were standing up for their ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ and humbly accept their fate as ‘the will of god’. i guess it just doesn’t mean anything anymore without a dinner and some shiny doohickey to prove you’re as righteous as you say you are. in her acceptance speech i hope she remembers to thank all four of her husbands for making her the woman she is, but whether that comes before or after thanking god, that’s up to her.

  21. 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.” Ahem – what you are referencing is unborn – 1. Only the pregnant women have the right to call their fetus a child as they are the ones looking forward to the birth of said child. 2. If the lives of children are important, why don’t you care more about them after they are born? Why are you more concerned with the unborn then the born? 3. Proof that your concern for children is bogus – or

  22. Nepotism prevails..Her mother held the same position, her son is a deputy clerk, and she is the clerk, Funny how family members have dominated the clerk’s office.

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