Can we talk about this whole Kim Davis thing?
As we all know, in June, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a Constitutionally-protected right to get married. While some (many) conservative politicians didn’t like the outcome, that’s how it worked out. Sometimes the Supreme Court rules against your own beliefs — thanks for George W. Bush, SCOTUS; awesome job — but in the end, you deal with it. Life goes on, as they say.
What Kim Davis, an elected county clerk in Kentucky did, however, was she decided to put her fingers in her ears, go, “nuh-uh!” and decided that just because the Supreme Court ruled something doesn’t make it the law or anything (it does). She decided not to issue marriage licenses, which is kind of like… her job… that she took an oath for.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I continue a citizen thereof, and that I will faithfully execute, to the best of my ability, the office of _______ according to law; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that since the adoption of the present Constitution, I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God.”
While I don’t know if she’s fought any duels, I do know she’s failing that oath in one important way: that whole “support the Constitution” bit.
The unsurprising response to her bit of rebellion came from conservatives lining up to crown her some sort of hero.
So brave. So, so brave.
Presidential candidate and cartoon villain Mike Huckabee took time away from one of his daydreams about spying on naked high school girls to toss his support behind Davis (who is a Democrat, making this possibly the most bipartisan thing Huckabee has ever done).
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 3, 2015
Former Congressman Allen West wrote a blog post in support of Davis. Love the clickbait headline. Love it.
Kind of par for the course, though, right? Whenever the law doesn’t actually back them up, these folks go, “Well, that law doesn’t count anyway!” It’s kind of expected.
But then something hit me.
These people actually believe laws are optional if someone has a religious objection.
Do you have any idea how many things the Bible talks about that are punishable by death? A lot, and they’re not exactly high crimes (“Oh, you’re a woman who didn’t bleed on your wedding night? Death!”). It would be laughable if there weren’t so many people who actually supported people like Huckabee and Davis. How long before someone like Huckabee tries to justify murder by going, “Well, in the Bible…”?
It’s scary stuff.
More, though, these people do not care about freedom of religion. They care about freedom for their specific religion to be forced on all of us.
Huckabee, like many on the Christian right, relies on the boogeyman of Sharia law (law based on Islamic beliefs) to scare Americans into his corner. If you listen to him or Allen West speak, the U.S. is on the verge of adopting Islamic law and forcing it on the American people.
Except, that’s not the case. At all.
Here, look at this example from Allen West from earlier this year. He went to Walmart, noticed that an employee had to get someone else to ring up alcohol, and concluded that this must be the work of Sharia law come to his favorite retailer.
Except it wasn’t. The kid ringing it up was just underage (and therefore, not legally able to ring it up).
— Allen West (@AllenWest) May 11, 2015
What’s funny is that what people like West and Huckabee are doing, instead, is exactly what they’re fear-mongering about — except with their beliefs.
Earlier this year, Huckabee claimed that laws are handed down by God himself. He threatened to use the National Guard to stop abortion (abortion is supposed to be legal, btw) in defiance of the Supreme Court.
We must end the scourge, sin, and slaughter of abortion and then we should ask God’s forgiveness for not doing it much, much sooner.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 26, 2015