KY Judge Releases Kim Davis – CNN Reports Davis Vows To Continue To Deny Gay Marriage Licenses (VIDEO)
Can someone please tell me who ISN’T going to hell in this travesty of both justice and Christianity? Welcome to life under the rule of the American Taliban.
This passage is from Romans 13:1-7, New Testament, Holy Bible
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 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 he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full-time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
As they interpret that passage in Rowan County, KY, “Bullshit. We make our own rules, write our own Scripture AND Constitution.” At least U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning seems to. Perhaps he was transfixed by the otherworldly wisdom and charisma channeled by Duggar supporter and The High Holy Dominionists Rev. Mike Huckabee and his Renfield-esque henchman Ted Cruz, both of whom seemed to have conjured up some Christian Reconstructionist hoodoo and fixed the shit out of this mess. Poor confused David Bunning. What a can of worms he has opened.
Statement released by WTOP via the AP:
UPDATE Sept 8, 2015 1:09 p.m.: The Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs will be released from jail, where she’s been held since Sept. 3 on a contempt of court charge.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning lifted the contempt order Sept. 8 and ordered Rowan County clerk Kim Davis released. Bunning ordered her not to interfere with the issuing of gay marriage licenses.
Bunning sent Davis to jail on Sept. 3 after she refused to comply with his order that Davis issue marriage licenses. She had refused to grant licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage.
Outside the jail where Davis is held, word spread slowly through a crowd of supporters Tuesday afternoon. Some said they couldn’t believe the news.
Trust me, there are a LOT of us who can’t believe the news. So let’s chalk one up for the extreme Fundamentalist pseudo-Christian who think they know the mind of God! Know that now a precedent has been set and we can look forward to lots more of this in the future.
On Monday, September 7, dozens of Kim Davis supporters piled in their truck beds (no doubt festooned with their confederate flags and bloody crosses) and headed on over to the home of U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning. Judge Bunning is the federal judge who, last week, socked Kim Davis in jail on contempt charges. Once the would-be lynch mob of Davis’s supporters arrived at the Judge’s home, they held an “impromptu” rally. Strangely, the rally was organized by the ridiculous anti-choice group Operation Save America, led by Rev. Philip “Flip” Benham. To read more about Operation Save America, click here. Truth is stranger than fiction. Protesters were supplied with signs by the conservative American View group. American View was founded by the neo-Confederate, secessionist, creationist, Christian Reconstructionist Michael Peroutka. Peroutka is also the founder of the Institute On The Constitution, a misnomer if there ever was one. They must have protested their asses off, because as we all know, the Bible (or at least their interpretation of it) now supersedes that rag called the U.S. Constitution. Might as well put your copies of that thing in the outhouse, y’all. It’s really old, so it’s probably softer than Charmin.
All this attention was apparently too much for poor, weak Judge Bunning, and had quite a chilling effect on him. It put the fear of the Lord (or the crazies) in him. He caved and undid what he had done less than a week earlier.
This is all so confusing. Was Davis or is Davis in contempt? Is this just mess being swept under the rug? If Davis doesn’t have to issue marriage licenses, is she still officially the Court Clerk? Does she still receive the same pay if she doesn’t do the job she was elected to and knowing accepted? Does she still get to discriminate against gays or whomever she chooses because Jesus?
These are the damning words from Rev. Philip “Flip” Benham at yesterday’s protest, speaking to Judge Bunning. They apparently pushed him over the edge.
“You, sir, are the one that’s in contempt of the law. 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. If you don’t repent, we’re going to ask that the sheriff in Grayson County arrest you for putting this precious little girl into jail. It’s wrong.”
Impactful and profound. Life-changing, actually. Especially if you are a gonad-deficient Republican who certainly wants the American Taliban on his side at some point. Oh, the things for which people will sell their souls.
In all fairness, though, how could you expect these general population extremists to understand the workings of the American justice system? All their time is spent condemning other people to hell because of their own ignorance. The type of knowledge they so desperately need might require critical thinking and reading. But all that education didn’t seem to take with wishy-washy Bunning.
UPDATE Sept 8, 2015 1:53 p.m. – Several websites are citing CNN’s Martin Savidge as reporting:
“The problem here is that the attorney says she has not changed her mind, that Kim Davis is adamant that as long as her name appears on those marriage licenses, she objects and she will attempt to stop those licenses from being distributed. Which means if she goes back on the job as is expected, she will bring the process to a halt. That’s what her attorneys believe.
They have said they expect her to go by her conscience which means we may go through this all again.”
Watch God speak through Benham in this video.
Part of me hopes this isn’t the end of the road for this case and Kim Davis. I was looking forward to the protesters bringing out the rattlesnakes .
UPDATE: Don’t give up on those rattlesnakes just yet. Davis claims that she will violate, once again, the court order and continue to deny same sex marriage license after her release.
CNN video via Raw Story
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