A Sin In Thee: On Brazenly Making Up God's Part of the Conversation
Modestly declaring herself “just a vessel God has chosen for this time and this place,” St. Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, has been ordered to jail by a federal judge for confusing religious freedom with illegal discrimination, ignoring our time-honored separation of church and state, and self-righteously setting herself up above the law - aka not doing her job. Though she argued in court her refusal was about "upholding the word of God,” U.S. District Judge David Bunning - who was appointed by George Bush the second - wasn't buying it. "Her good-faith belief is simply not a viable defense," he said. "Oaths mean things." Bunning, evidently wise to crowdfunding, said fines would likely not convince her to comply with an earlier order to resume issuing licenses, and sent her to jail. He later offered Davis a deal to get out - allowing her deputy clerks to do her job - but thinking of her God and perhaps book royalties, she declined.
Davis cites Biblical law to argue the sanctity of marriage is "a heaven or hell issue for me" - something she should know about given her (somewhat un-Biblical) four marriages, including having twins by her third husband shortly after divorcing her second husband and then convincing him to adopt the kids before moving on to her fourth husband. She says she had “created (a) pit of sin for myself with my very own hands” but was saved by Jesus' "cleansing and renewing" so she could go on and prevent other marriages. Dan Savage on her handy conversion: "Kim Davis gave herself to Jesus and then Jesus sent Kim Davis a big bottle of magic Windex that allows Kim Davis to wipe her soul clean over and over again. Fornication, adultery, divorce, remarriage - all wiped clean away!"
As Davis appeared in court, crowds of protesters gathered outside, with her opponents arguing "Love Is Love" and her supporters carrying signs reading "Male+Female! God Said it! That Settles It!" (would that everything was so simple) and, incongruously, in rainbow hues, "Homo Sex Is Sin!" News of Davis' jailing prompted a flood of hysterical right-wing charges, prepping her for sainthood and/or martyrdom and likening her to Jews during the Holocaust. "#KimDavis jailed for the crime of #BeingChristian," #PersecutioninAmerica, #Jesus etc. "Jailed for not marrying the gays!" screamed a Drudge headline. Mike Huckabee ranted this "reckless, appalling, out-of-control decision undermines the Constitution & our fundamental right to #ReligiousLiberty" and "removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country...The Supreme Court is not the Supreme branch and it's certainly not the Supreme Being."
Actually, noted many others, the decision upholds that little Constitutional principle of not dragging the Supreme Being in where He/She doesn't belong, and criminalizes Davis not for being "Christian" but for flaunting laws she was hired to protect while parading her bigotry under cover of her "religious liberty." Sample tweets: "#KimDavis, May our Prayers be your pillow as you sleep the sleep of the Righteous, imprisoned by Obama's gay storm troopers...One thing's for sure about he won't mysteriously die in police custody....If you’re calling a victim the same week a toddler washed ashore, you need to think about things for about 1000 years." Wrote Helen of Margaret and Helen, "The problem is that (some) so badly want to have a conversation with God that often they decide to make up his part of that conversation...My religious beliefs don’t have to affect your religious beliefs...That, my friend, is what having faith really means." Finally, there's the matter of the oath Davis took, as a public servant, to "faithfully execute the duties of my office without favor, affection or partiality, so help me God." From Deuteronomy, in the same Bible she and her ilk are so fond of quoting: "When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. (23:21-23)."
Praying on the steps of the courthouse to be saved from changing times