She refused to, as it were, bend over in the back of the bus, and the federal government has made her a political prisoner of the Lavender Lobby for it, making Miss Davis one or more of several things: a (hopefully just metaphorical, ultimately) martyr, a fulcrum for a new civil rights movement, a canary in the proverbial coal mine for the next level of federal tyranny, or the leading edge of a level of anti-Christian persecution that this country has never seen - perhaps even the first paragraph of the prologue to the Great Tribulation period, meaning Christ's return for His Church is at hand.
What's left of my money is riding on the latter two. Unlike what the late Baron Von Strucker told his Hydra colleague in the post-credits scene of Captain America II: The Winter Soldier, this is not "the age of miracles". Things are going to get unimaginably worse, driven by the same selfish, childish, sinful, "I WANT!" willfulness that caustically animates militant homosexuals and leftwing extremists before God The Son finally returns to this planet to restore it to the condition which God The Father originally intended. As I said yesterday, Kim Davis is just the first of many to come as the dinnermasher commandos forcibly turn America into Queer Nation, expanding their power over any who dare to oppose them in thought, word, or deed (except Muslims, of course, because they don't "go quietly") until there's no redoubt, no safe haven, no place of concealment or hiding. "We are all gay, now" will be the officially-decreed maxim, and anybody who doesn't bend over and submit will be destroyed - ultimately, not metaphorically.
You can see that selfish, childish, sinful, "I WANT!" willfulness in this trademark viciously triumphalist and extremist piece from People For The Unamerican Way - which, interestingly, in its headline unwittingly broaches my Rosa Parks analogy for me:
While Kentucky clerk Kim Davis insists that her decision to break the law....
Which she did not, as the Constitution, in Article III, does not give the federal judiciary the legal authority to make law, nor interpret it, but only apply it; the authority to make law is enumerated to Congress in Article I, Section 1. And then only federal law, consistent with the Constitution under Article VI, Section 2. The issuance or non-issuance of marriage licenses is a local matter not specifically denied to the States or the people by the Constitution. Heck, Miss Davis, as I pointed out the other day, didn't even violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because she wasn't issuing marriage licenses to anybody.
....by ordering her office to deny marriage licenses to [homosexual] "couples".....
Which her office has now been terrorized into doing by Miss Davis's political incarceration.
....“has never been a gay or lesbian issue.”
Indeed, not; it's a First Amendment religious liberty issue in that evangelical Christians like Miss Davis are, like her brother and sister bakers and photographers and justices of the peace, etc., are being conscripted into sodomized indentured servitude as coerced participants in the new "gay marriage" "institution". A reality I'm sure pole-smokers would understand if they were being ordered by a federal judge to attend Sunday School.
The right-wing legal group defending Davis, Liberty Counsel, has made no secret of their contempt for gays and lesbians.
The usual butt-hurt (literally) personalization of what is actually mere political opposition that the sexually retrograde won't tolerate. The other side can't be acknowledged to have a legitimate point of view that queers disagree with. There can be no modus vivendi (or, as Boris The Animal put it....
....no mutually acknowledged, live-and-let-live non-meeting of the minds, no "I disagree with what you think and believe and say and do but I'll defend to the death your right to think and believe and say and do it." Opponents of mandatory sodomarriage must be "otherized," demonized, dehumanized into animals and beasts not just subject to but fully deserving of the harshest possible punishment for daring not to conform to the "New Order Of The Crotchless Pants".
It's "gays and lesbians" who make no secret of their contempt for evangelical Christians. Or, in many fewer words, trademark leftwingnut psychological projection.
Liberty Counsel, which is closely tied to Liberty University, the school founded by Jerry Falwell, has urged Davis to flout the law and defy the courts.
There's no "law" to flout. It's the courts that are doing the "flouting". Though I cannot help being amusedly distracted by how the homos still manage to keep room up their asses for that Falwell bug. The man's been with the LORD for eight years now and they still can't stop pissing on his grave.
The way Liberty Counsel sees it, the Supreme Court’s landmark Obergefell decision is illegitimate and can be ignored.
It is illegitimate. We've already been over that. But it obviously cannot be ignored, as Miss Davis's (still figurative, for the time being) martyrdom outrageously illustrates.
In a lawsuit that Liberty Counsel filed for Davis against the governor of Kentucky, the group claims that Davis cannot act “in 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.
Which is absolutely true, every word of it. Peter and John put it this way:
“What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this Name.” And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” [emphasis added]
And they were willing to - and did - suffer the consequences meted out by the "authorities" for their civil disobedience. Just as Kim Davis is doing.
But that should not be confused in any way, shape, matter, or form with "justice".
Liberty Counsel adds 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.”
Also absolutely true. Because this is not about "marriage equality" for the Lavender Lobby. It never has been. They were always sneeringly hostile to heterosexuality and traditional marriage. Then they decided to undermine it and take it over. And now, in Obergefell, they've succeeded. It was never about marriage equality; it was about "gay marriage" superiority and dominance.
Put another way, they wanted to "be on top". Which is the usual position rapists take.
By invoking “God’s authority” even after the Supreme Court rejected her appeals....
So they're admitting that they are raising the Supreme Court above God, in violation of Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7. Heck, they're damned proud of it.
As long as the SCOTUS keeps ruling as ordered, that is.
Davis is closely following Liberty Counsel’s own legal reasoning that her own interpretation of divine law trumps whatever the courts say....
It's not "her interpretation of divine law," it's what the Bible says. And, when it comes down to where the proverbial cheese binds, yes, divine law trumps whatever the courts say. Which is why Miss Davis is currently staying at the Graybar Hotel.
....and as a public official she must follow this higher authority.
As a Christian she must follow this higher authority. Which the First Amendment expressly protects. That is the law that Judge Bunning is breaking.
Davis has now become a figure that Liberty Counsel uses to claim that Christians in America are not only facing oppression, but have no need to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage.
It's more than just a claim, Scooter. It's the God's honest truth.
Admit it, Hershey Highwaymen and carpet-munchers: You've overreached. And there will be a backlash:
Judge Bunning’s decision went beyond the wishes of the couples who sued the clerk this summer; their lawyers had asked that she be fined. Some advocates for gay rights quickly expressed concern that Miss Davis’s jailing would make her a sympathetic figure to religious conservatives and prompt lawmakers in Kentucky and elsewhere to push for new laws exempting public officials from issuing marriage licenses to [homosexual] "couples".
You're damned right, it will. You know how I know that? More Republican presidential "hopefuls" than just Mike Huckabee are now manning the barricades of the counter-counter-cultural revolution:
Libertarian Rand Paul:
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul told CNN that he believes that this decision is going to receive a lot of blowback and even set their movement back.
"I think it's absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty," Paul said. "I think it's a real mistake and even those on the other side of the issue, I think it sets their movement back."
Paul added, "This is really the problem when we decide to get involved in a situation that has always through the history of our country been a local issue."
According to CNN, Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said that this decision makes Christianity in America a crime.
"Having Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country. We must defend religious liberty and never surrender to judicial tyranny," he said. "I am proud of Kim for standing strong for her beliefs. Who will be next? Pastors? Photographers? Caterers? Florists? This is a reckless, appalling, out-of-control decision that undermines the Constitution of the United States and our fundamental right to religious liberty."
The synthesis of the two, Ted Cruz:
Senator Ted Cruz also took a strong stance on the issue noting that this is the first time the government arrested an individual for living life and making decisions according to their faith.
"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 public office, they must disregard their religious faith — or be sent to jail," he said in statement, CNN reports.
"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."
"Were," Senator, "were".
Bobby Jindal provides the identity politics angle:
"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," he said. "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."
Except if you're an evangelical Christian, evidently.
David French takes us out:
In my initial piece about Davis, I described the unfolding drama as a case of competing revolutions — with Kim Davis defying Justice Kennedy’s revolutionary act with a revolutionary act of her own. We knew from the beginning which revolutionary held more power, and we also know that the worst revolutionaries show no mercy to dissenters. There were many options short of imprisonment for Davis (how many leftist legislators are in jail for lawless “sanctuary city” policies that actually cost lives?), but the court was apparently in no mood for moderation. So off she goes to prison. Judge Bunning’s decision is a means of control. It is a means of maintaining order. It is the selective application of law to advance a particular radical ideology. But spare me any talk of justice. There is no justice today in Judge Bunning’s court.
Exit question: Are any homosexual "couples" trolling for "marriage" licenses in, say, Dearbornistan, Michiganistan?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
UPDATE: Guess which Republican presidential candidate is a-okay with Kim Davis being locked up for her faith?
And any beyond the first one don't count:
Bottom line, host Joe Scarborough said, is that if Supreme Court makes a decision, that’s the law of land, right?
“You have to go with it,” Mr. Trump said. “The decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land.”…
“She can take a pass and let somebody else in the office do it in terms of religious, so you know, it’s a very … tough situation, but we are a nation, as I said yesterday, we’re a nation of laws,” he said. “And I was talking about borders and I was talking about other things, but you know, it applies to this, also, and the Supreme Court has ruled. It would be nice to have other people in her office do what they have to do.” [emphases added]
What say you, evangelical Trumpsters? If your Pontius Pilate-esque hero can wash his hands of even blatant persecution of the Brethren, is there any sin he can commit that you won't mindlessly forgive?