Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lexington Herald-Leader Agains Slams Liberty Counsel

Anti-gay bigot Mat Staver - when is his law license going to be revoked?

You know that the Christofascists and professional Christian set have lost the so-called culture wars when even newspapers in Kentucky are slamming self-styled Christian martyrs and snake oil merchant Professional Christians like Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel.  Yet that's exactly what a new editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader is doing in response to four times married County Clerk Kim Davis and Staver's increasingly insane arguments (they don't even merit being called legal arguments).  Here are excerpts from the latest editorial taking Davis and Staver to task:

After her latest legal setback, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has some decisions to make.

If her conscience really won't let her issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she should resign the $80,000 a year post that has long supported her family.

It's astounding that in almost three decades on the public payroll, Davis never sorted out the roles of government and religion under the U.S. Constitution that she swore to uphold. And it's worth noting that 117 of Kentucky's 120 county clerks are still issuing marriage licenses.

Liberty Counsel — a donation-funded self-described Christian ministry — represents Davis. 

Nothing reveals the absurdity of her position more clearly than her lawyer's response to the latest ruling against her. Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver continues to insist that elected public officials have a constitutional right to pick and choose which of their government duties they will perform based on their religious beliefs — in other words, that public officials can use religion to discriminate against certain citizens. 

Nothing could be more un-American. What he is advocating would destroy the rule of law, a foundation of our republic. And imagine the chaos, given the wide range of religious beliefs.

As Bunning explained, Davis is "free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk."

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Why Liberty Counsel chose Kentucky to make its losing stand is not clear; we do have one of the few governor's races this year.

What is clear is that all the citizens of Rowan County are entitled to a full-service clerk's office that follows the Constitution. Davis should provide that or step aside. 

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1 comment:

RobL said...

All I can say is Amen!!