Remember Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples? She lost again in court last week as the court of appeals ruled that she can be sued by those couples she refused as an individual, not as a public official. And Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, wants you to send them more money to defend her.
In an email fired off this Friday, the Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver wrote that Davis “risked everything she had rather than violate her conscience. She refused to endorse what God prohibits by issuing marriage licenses with her signature to same-sex couples.”
Staver declared that his law firm, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, will continue to defend Davis because “her future is in real jeopardy” as a result of the court’s ruling…
“At the end of the day, she will ultimately prevail. She had no hostility to anyone, given that she stopped issuing all marriage licenses,” Staver said in an interview with NBC News, referring to Davis’s tactic of halting the approval of all marriage licenses to avoid approving licenses to gay couples.
“The broader issue is what accommodation a court should provide someone based on their religious beliefs,” he added. “It’s a matter of time before such a case goes squarely before the Supreme Court.”
Hey, you know who else has risked everything because their conscience, informed their religious views, compels them to break the law? Those people who have been arrested for feeding and giving water and medical care to immigrants in the desert who need it. Funny, I don’t recall Staver or any similar leader or organization defending them. And unlike Davis, they’ve actually been arrested and charged with a crime. Why doesn’t Staver care about their religious freedom? Why isn’t he defending them? Oh right, because to them “religious freedom” really just means the freedom to discriminate against LGBT people.
The other difference? Nowhere does Jesus say a word about same-sex marriage, or being gay at all. He does, however, command his followers to do exactly what the people helping immigrants are doing. So much for religious freedom.