The Vatican confirms Pope Francis held a secret meeting with anti-gay Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis.
According to reports, the Vatican reached out to Davis weeks before the pope’s visit to arrange the secret meeting, and show his support for the anti-gay county clerk who went to jail in a futile attempt to prevent same-sex marriage.
Davis and her husband Joe met with the pope at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24.
The New York Times reports:
Ms. Davis and her husband, Joe, were sneaked into the Vatican Embassy by car on Thursday afternoon. Francis gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong” …
In an exclusive interview with ABC News Davis discussed the secret meeting with the Pope:
I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes. I’m just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.
Earlier this week Pope Francis suggested that government officials like Kim Davis should be allowed to refuse to perform government tasks that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, claiming that anyone who prevents others from exercising their religious freedom is denying them a “human right.”
Pope Francis told reporters aboard his flight from Philadelphia to Rome government officials have a “human right” to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses if it offends their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Francis is wrong. For the record: It is not a human right to refuse to do your job, and for Pope Francis to suggest otherwise is an obnoxious bit of sophistry that cheapens the notion of human rights.
Nobody is forcing Kim Davis, or any other government worker, to issue same-sex marriage licenses. If Kim Davis or any other government worker is unhappy with the conditions of their employment they are free to resign and find a more suitable occupation.
For the pope to suggest that government workers have a right to discriminate against same-sex couples is to pervert the notion of human rights in the service of ugly religious bigotry. In so doing Francis denies the very real human rights of the same-sex couple wishing to marry.
The fact that Pope Francis endorses bigotry and discrimination in the name of sincerely held religious beliefs should come as a surprise to no one. Francis is an extreme and unsavory social conservative with a pleasant smile, and an awesome public relations machine.
Yet beneath the telegenic superficialities, Francis is ugly: anti-gay, anti-trans, anti-birth control, anti-woman, and anti-free speech. He is, in essence, Mike Huckabee in a dress, just another obnoxious and dangerous religious extremists with a friendly smile and a warm handshake.
As Friendly Atheist notes:
When It Comes to Gay Rights, Pope Francis is No Different from Kim Davis
Make no mistake: Pope Francis is a man who holds views that should be repugnant to all reasonable people. Yet many reasonable people, including progressives, refuse to acknowledge these hard truths about Francis. The denial, and the excuse making, is depressing.
As for Kim Davis, Republicans cheered last weekend as the anti-gay county clerk was honored for “her determined resistance to same-sex marriage” at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C.
Bottom line: Pope Francis has bamboozled and hustled many progressives who continue to praise and make excuses for a man they should condemn. But, wait, oh look, Francis is kissing another baby, awww…
(Portions of this article were previously published here)