Will Kim Davis Remain Intransigent Facing Fines and Jail?


[UPDATED]As of yesterday, the temporary stay that Judge David Bunning placed on his injunction ordering Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is expired. There are several same-sex couples planning to go into her office and apply for those licenses on Tuesday, and if she continues to refuse them, she will almost certainly face contempt of court charges from Judge Bunning. … [Read more...]

Barber Babbles About Judicial Review


Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel and BarbWire has his weekly column at the Worldnetdaily and it's pretty much the usual diatribe about the evils of judicial review. He makes the argument that the Supreme Court's opinions are advisory only and that neither the president nor Congress is required to follow them. He does this by quoting newspapers reacting to the Dred Scott decision as though it had anything to do with anything. … [Read more...]

County Attorney Files Misconduct Charges Against Kim Davis


New developments on Friday in the case of Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. First, she asked Judge Bunning to extend his stay so she could ask the Supreme Court for a more permanent one. He refused. But the more interesting development is that Rowan County attorney referred her to the state attorney general's office asking that official misconduct charges be filed against her. … [Read more...]

Liberty Law School Dean Goes Full-On Theocrat

Church and State

Rena Lindevaldsen, the interim dean of the Liberty University Law School (replacing Mat Staver, who stepped down a few months ago), has gone full-on theocrat. In a speech to students at that university, she bluntly declared that the government has no authority to pass any law or enforce any decision that goes against (her own interpretation of) the Bible. RJ Rushdoony would be so proud of her. … [Read more...]

Appeals Court to Kim Davis: No Stay for You!


In terribly unsurprising news, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis' request for a stay on the district court's injunction requiring her to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That leaves only one option left, asking Justice Elena Kagan to issue a stay and the chances of that happening are slim and none and slim is on her summer vacation. … [Read more...]

Another Absolutely Clueless Teacher in Mississippi

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I think maybe we need some sort of tote board to keep track of all of the Establishment Clause violations committed by teachers and school administrators in Mississippi, but it might need to have at least 8 digits on it. Here's yet another example, a teacher in the town of Purvis who keeps a prayer request board in her classroom and writes down the names of students she's praying for on it. The American Humanist Association is rightly getting involved: … [Read more...]

Jesus Picture Removed From School, Lots of Stupid Flows

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After a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, school officials in Chanute, Kansas have removed a portrait of Jesus (or some white guy some people imagine is Jesus) from Royster Middle School in that town. Naturally, the locals are up in arms over it and making all the usual dumb arguments for why it's totally okay for it to be there. Because ya'll need Jesus, people, and that's all that matters. … [Read more...]

Another Study Shows Unreliability of Drug Sniffing Dogs


I'm not certain whether I've written about this particular study about drug-sniffing dogs, but I know I've written about similar ones. It's a very cleverly designed experiment that reveals how police officers who handle the dogs continually trigger false "alerts" by the dogs whenever they think there are drugs in a place. They may not even be aware that they're doing it, but this study undeniably proves that they do: … [Read more...]

WND, Becket Fund Distort Contraception Ruling for Nuns


The Christian right loves to play up the lawsuit filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns that do good work providing homes for the elderly poor, against the Obama administration over the contraception mandate. They know it builds sympathy to present it as the big bad government pushing around a poor bunch of kindly nuns. But this requires them to completely distort the legal issues and the rulings of the courts so far, as the Becket Fund, which represents them, and the … [Read more...]

Birthright Citizenship and Originalism


Garrett Epps, a constitutional law professor from the University of Baltimore and one of the nation's foremost experts on the 14th Amendment, has a column at The Atlantic thoroughly debunking the conservative argument against birthright citizenship based upon the original intent of that amendment. As Republicans are proposing both a statutory change and a constitutional amendment to eliminate birthright citizenship, this is an important thing to keep in mind: … [Read more...]

Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment


Since 1991, the Republican party has repeatedly advocated against the idea of birthright citizenship, which is clearly enshrined in the 14th Amendment and has been held by the courts to be the proper interpretation of the citizenship clause of that amendment since 1898. That case, United States v Wong Kim Ark, highlights some of the ironies of the conservative position on this issue on several fronts. … [Read more...]

Doocy Agrees With Trump on 14th Amendment


Steve Doocy, the dumbest man on television, delivered a typically ignorant soliloquy in support of Donald Trump's claim that the 14th Amendment does not grant birthright citizenship. And his "reasoning" is that hoary old bit of absurdity long used by enemies of equality to the effect that the 14th Amendment was passed to protect slaves and therefore only applies to slaves or to racial equality. … [Read more...]