The Deification of Kim Davis and the Celebration of Bigotry

The Deification of Kim Davis and the Celebration of Bigotry September 8, 2015

In an orgy of anti-gay bigotry, Christians gather to celebrate and deify their new martyr – Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis.

At a rally in support of Davis this afternoon, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee went so far as to deify the would-be saint, declaring:

God showed up in the form of an elected official: Kim Davis.

Huckabee went on to say:

Today I was proud to stand with Kim Davis as she was released from jail. Kim Davis should have never been locked up for being a Christian and for following her conscience and the law.

An emotional Davis, who had just been released from jail after previously being found in contempt of court for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, told the cheering crowd:

I just want to give God the glory. We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and everyone stands. Keep pressing, don’t let down because he is here. He is worthy.

Davis was released from jail shortly before the 3 p.m. event at the Carter County Detention Center began.

The Advocate reports on the obnoxious celebration of anti-gay bigotry:

Speaking along with Huckabee at what was essentially an antigay rally broadcast on live TV were Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Davis’s attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, right-wing activist brothers Jason and David Benham, former Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown, and another of the resistant clerks, Casey Davis. The rally was capped by an appearance by Kim Davis, who emerged as loudspeakers blared “Eye of the Tiger.”

The despicable spectacle is a reminder of the ugly bigotry that permeates the conservative Christian community in the United States. And while not all Christians are as backward and morally repugnant as Davis and her supporters, the fact is that too many American Christians support and celebrate the narrow-minded and mean-spirited prejudice of Davis and those like her.

Sometimes, it is embarrassing to be an American.
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