Pardon me if I don’t appreciate the sincerity with which the now-famous and soon-to-be-rich Kentucky Godeaucrat Kim Davis goes about her life. For someone whose religious text says a great deal about love and tolerance, and nothing about harassing homosexuals, to be so pained at seeing her name on a secular document – only sometimes, like when a loving couple appear to be sinful in her speck-free eyes – that she simply must shut down the government strikes me as profoundly self-serving. It’s a tantrum of narcissistic order, replete with courtroom tears. And oh dear, just pity us this poor woman. The only thing she ever wanted was to be the center of the universe.
First allow me to say there’s a pretty simple argument to be made and I’ll make it here: The government was created not to serve Christians but to serve Americans. It will therefore at some point act in some way the Jesus People disagree with. Those people should feel free to find somewhere else to work, okay? If you’re silly enough to believe that something the government routinely does could put your eternal soul at risk, get out of the game. This is what an adult would do (you’d think).
But nowadays that’s not likely to happen now is it? Because there’s a Christianist fad to force religious beliefs on everyone and everything in order to ‘take back the country.’ (When incidentally did they ever own it? I defer to John Adams’ Treaty of Tripoli: “…the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” That was back in 1796, and that’s good enough for me.) So there’s no doubt, in my mind, that the day is coming soon when God-fearing food inspectors will start pulling restaurant licenses because the foul and ungodly Tiger Prawn. We can’t have Jesus look down and see your name associated with unclean food, can we? Damnation is for all-time, folks. This sort of thinking is only slightly more ridiculous than whatever ‘religious argument’ Kim Davis is trying to make.
This is not much better:
The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a significant setback for all Americans who believe in the Constitution, the rule of law, democratic self-government, and marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
What is an obvious matter of equality – something both the Constitution and the rule of law have well-known opinions about – is really a befouling of everything that is legal, fundamental and American. What color has the sky turned in your purgatory, Ryan? And how did we all go so far astray?
First, government has changed. The progressive movement gave us the administrative state. Limited government and the rule of law were replaced by the nearly unlimited reach of technocrats in governmental agencies. As government assumes responsibility for more areas of life, the likelihood of its infringing on religious liberty increases.
The rule of huh? Technocrats in what agencies? Infringing on whose liberty? Or so you say? Oh bullshit, just watch this. Here comes this same ‘Ryan’, the Heritage Foundation trad-marriage legal expert, in the NYT today writing to the martyr’s rescue…We Don’t Need Kim Davis to Be in Jail. In only these last few months you won’t believe where all his precious principles went:
KIM DAVIS, the clerk in Rowan County, Ky., went to jail last week, and there was no good reason for her to be there.
NO good reason? Not the ‘rule of law’? Naw, nope. Whatever the hell that old thing was it no longer counts. Now is the crucial time for religious people to do whatever the hell they please (…Christians that is. Don’t get any ideas there, Akbar.). In fact the country is only going to see ever increasing amounts of this patriotic sort of thing. Get ready everybody for The Christian Berserker:
Americans can expect more conflicts over religious conscience and same-sex marriage if we don’t find a way to coexist peacefully.
The chutzpah, to coexist peacefully – do you believe this guy? What glowing, burning balls. Kim Davis refuses to license fully-legal marriages and AMERICA SHOULD FIND A WAY TO CO-EXIST WITH HER. I could be mistaken but I believe this is a humble request for all gay people within some vicinity of a certain Big Government bureaucrat to promise they’ll never get married. Well, not to ever get married in a legal sense anyway. Is that too much to ask, queers? You ever heard of that little word, ‘respect’? Yeah try looking it up sometime (…no, not in “Our Bodies, Ourselves”).
Ms. Davis has become a symbol of what happens when we don’t…
Oh dear boy, put down the gold appliqué. Ms. Davis is not remotely as much a symbol of religious piety as she is an example of disregard for others’ well-being. And she’s in serious trouble right now because she…duhn duhn DUHN…broke the law. Her selfishness did real harm to the innocent and unsuspecting people around her, so a judge threw her in jail. If Krist-Lovin’ Kim can’t or won’t understand how those two things go together, she can quiz her cellmate. In America, this is what you get. There is nothing extraordinary about this woman or this case.