In a blistering assault, The Nightly Show’s Larry Wilmore challenges the anti-gay bigotry of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and her supporters.
Alluding to the Ku Klux Klan, Wilmore told his audience:
I don’t know about you guys, but when I see a group of people from the South with white crosses cheering to not allow people their constitutional rights, it kind of just gives me a tingly, lynch-y feeling.
Wilmore rejected the claim being made by some that Davis is like Martin Luther King:
So, let me see if I’ve got this right: a lady forcing her religious beliefs onto an entire community refusing to do her job reminds you of King’s 7,000-word meditation on non-violence and racism in the church. Oh God, I haven’t seen someone miss the point so dramatically since they made Robert De Niro the intern in ‘The Intern.’ It doesn’t make sense.
And just to clarify for the Kim Davis supporters who think this lady is a Dr. King: in his ‘Letter from Birmingham City Jail,’ King actually condemned the contemporary churches – quote, ‘weak, ineffectual voice,’ and said, ‘Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent – and often, even vocal – sanction of things as they are.’ Martin Luther King was actually in opposition to the church’s unwillingness to support the oppressed. Kim Davis, on the other hand, is using her church to oppress people even more.
Going to jail – going to jail for what you believe in does not necessarily put you on par with Martin Luther King. Jeffrey Dahmer was in jail because he believes in eating people. That doesn’t make him a freedom fighter. (audience laughs and applauds) And frankly, if you’re going to compare Kim Davis to someone from the 1960s civil rights movement, it should be this guy – that’s right; that’s right – Alabama governor and dippity-do poster boy, George Wallace, who famously stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama in defiance of the Supreme Court order to desegregate.
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