Saturday, September 12, 2015

Allen Clifton on the Kim Davis Hypocriscy

Taya' fino'-hu put este na asunto'. Ti hongge'on i bidada-na este na palao'an Si Kim Davis. 

Atan ha' este na articles siha ginen Si Allen Clifton, mas gaitiningo' gui' kinu Guahu pa'go. Atan lokkue' i memes siha put Si Kim Davis. Ai adai, sen dinanche, sen na'chalek. Mabuena.

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A Message to Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis: You’re a Disgrace and a Hypocrite
By Allen Clifton
9/2/15
Forward Progressives

One of the most dominant stories of the last few days has been the continued refusal by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in defiance of the Supreme Court’s ruling that bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional. Wait, a slight correction – she’s actually not issuing any marriage licenses, not even to straight couples. In other words, she’s not doing her job.

If you ask me, I get the feeling this is just all one big scam.

Normally this isn’t a story that I would pay that much attention to, but it’s just so absurd. This woman literally doesn’t have a legal leg on which to stand, yet she’s still trying to prevent something that’s inevitable. She actually believes that her religious beliefs supersede Constitutional law.

Except, there’s just one problem: Her job isn’t that of a religious figure, but that of a public government employee who took an oath to uphold the laws of Kentucky – which are directly tied to our Constitution.

Somehow this woman thinks issuing marriage licenses has something to do with religion.. it doesn’t.

But it gets even better. While Davis claims issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates biblical law, the truth is, she’s been married four times. Wow, right? Oh, but that’s not even the best part. According to U.S. News:

The marriages are documented in court records obtained by U.S. News, which show that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis divorced three times, first in 1994, then 2006 and again in 2008. She gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. Davis worked at the clerk’s office at the time of each divorce and has since remarried.


If your head is spinning trying to piece all of that together, let me try to break it down for you. She was cheating on her first husband (committing adultery – which is punishable by stoning in the Bible) with the man who would eventually become her third husband; though her second husband ultimately ended up adopting the children who were the result of her adultery; she then later went on to marry her third husband who is the biological father of the twins conceived of her extramarital affair. Meanwhile, all three marriages ultimately went on to end in divorce.

Then she got married for a fourth time.

Where’s Jerry Springer when you need him? You really can’t make this stuff up.

And this is the woman who has the gall to try to tell gay Americans she won’t issue marriage licenses because of something written in the Bible?

Holy shit.

So, in the spirit of Ms. Davis’ hypocrisy, I thought I’d write a personal message to her.

Dear Ms. Davis:

While I understand you have your faith (and that’s great), nobody cares. Your job is not that of a religious leader, it’s that of a government employee who swore an oath to uphold the laws of your state. Laws, by the way, that are bound to our Constitution. It is not your place – nor your right – to deny Americans their Constitutional right to marry the person they love.

Not only that, but you’re an absolute disgrace and a hypocrite. Do you understand how utterly insane it is for you, of all people, someone who has trampled on the “sanctity of marriage” through divorce and adultery, to tell someone else that you’re not going to issue them a marriage license because you respect what the Bible says about marriage?

You are out of your damn mind. According to the Bible, you should have been stoned to death years ago. In fact, if you weren’t a virgin when you married your first husband, that was “stoning #1.” Then, when you cheated on him, that was “stoning #2.” And I’m fairly certain at least a third stoning was probably called for due to your other failed marriages.

At least, you know, according to the Bible.

Oh, and you do realize that adultery is part of the Ten Commandments, right? Do you know what’s not listed among them? Homosexuality.

I guess it’s a good thing our laws and our Constitution aren’t based on the Bible, isn’t it?

If you don’t want to issue marriage licenses, then quit and go get a job at a church or religious organization. Your job is to do what the law tells you to do – not the Bible.

Not only that, but do you realize how many atheists and non-Christians you’ve issued marriage licenses to? Those people couldn’t care less what you think of marriage – because your views don’t matter to anyone but you. Which is how it’s supposed to be.

So, you can keep on trying to resist this all you want, but it won’t change a damn thing. I would say you’re going to lose, but you’ve already lost. The only thing currently saving your ass is that you’re an elected official which makes you more difficult to remove. But make no mistake about it, soon all of these people you’ve denied marriage licenses to are going to get married – and there’s not a damn thing you’re going to be able to do to stop them.

 I hope with every ounce of my being that when this is all said and done, you’re hit with so many fines and legal fees that it makes your head spin. Because when you waste this much time, and deny Americans their Constitutional rights for as long as you ultimately will, there are consequences – and I hope they are severe.

But until then, enjoy your fourth marriage.

Well, at least while this one lasts.

Sincerely,
Allen Clifton

Until this gets settled, I would encourage every gay American reading this to mail a wedding invitation to Ms. Davis:

600 West Main Street Room 102
Morehead, KY 40351

Just a friendly reminder that no matter what her personal feelings are, gay marriage is legal in the United States – and there’s not a damn thing she can do about it.

Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/message-kentucky-county-clerk-kim-davis-youre-disgrace-hypocrite/

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If Kin Davis Gets Her Way, Conservatives Will Have Just Opened the Door for Sharia Law
By Allen Clifton
9/13/15
Forward Progressive

I’ll always remember my time at a previous employer when we had a general manager who really wasn’t very good at his job. He was a nice enough guy, but he was really lazy. For those of us in leadership roles, that meant we were often left to do things we shouldn’t have had to do because of his laziness. This prompted many of my fellow employees to frequently complain that they wished he would get transferred so we could get a GM who did their job.

That’s eventually what ended up happening. Well, at least part of that ended up happening.

Our fairly nice but sadly lazy general manager was replaced by a much lazier, arrogant, cocky, and far dumber individual. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before most of my co-workers were wishing we had our old GM back.

As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

That’s exactly what I’ll say to Kim Davis and those who believe she has the right to cite her religious beliefs to ignore our Constitutional law. You see, our Constitution sets up a very nice separation of church and state. While they weren’t infallible, our Founding Fathers were smart enough to know that religion and government should not mix.

If this woman is allowed to get her way, as millions of conservatives who support her seem to think she should, all they’re doing is opening the door for Sharia law in the United States. In this country, if you begin to define “freedom of religion” as the ability for someone to force their religious views on others (especially as it relates to elected officials like Davis), then you have to allow all religions to be treated equally under the law.

You can’t say Davis has the right to cite her religious beliefs to deny gay Americans their Constitutional rights to get married, but then oppose the right for a Muslim DMV to cite their religion if they decided to refuse to issue drivers licenses to women based upon their beliefs.

Not only that, but what if a judge who practices or converts to Islam begins to rule based on Sharia law instead of our Constitution? Using the “logic” of Kim Davis and her supporters, that should be legal. After all, people like Mike Huckabee seem to think that someone’s religious beliefs trump the laws supported by our Supreme Court and our Constitution. So, in their minds a person should never be forced to adhere to laws they feel go against their faith.

Hell, Huckabee flat-out said that Americans have the right to ignore “ungodly laws.”

We all know this isn’t about religious freedom, and we damn well know it’s not about every religion being treated equally. This is about those in this country who believe this nation was founded on Christianity. Those who think that the Bible – not the Constitution – is the law of the land. People like Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz who believe “freedom of religion” means they’re free to force their religion on others.

But as I said earlier, these folks need to be careful what they wish for. If they’re successful in their push to allow Davis to place her faith above our Constitution – in a country where all religions must be treated fairly and equally – they will have essentially opened the door for Sharia law to one day find its way into our society.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Huckabee.

Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/kim-davis-gets-way-conservatives-will-just-opened-door-sharia-law/


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Answers to 5 of the Dumbest Arguments Kim Davis Supporters Use to Defend Her
September 11, 2015
By Allen Clifton
Forward Progressives

Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/answers-5-dumbest-arguments-kim-davis-supporters-use-defend/

Being that I’ve written several articles over the last week or so slamming the absurdity concerning Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and those who continue to support her, I’ve been inundated with her supporters messaging me to express their feelings about what a godless, certain-to-burn-in-hell demon I apparently am. In fact, just yesterday one of these awesome folks informed me that people like myself are going to bring about the “raft of God.”

Yes – the raft of God. I guess that’s actually a good thing considering if there’s ever another “great flood,” a raft would come in handy. Rafts for everybody! Needless to say, this circus doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. In fact, her supporters only seem to be growing louder. So I thought I’d lend a helping hand and provide several responses to counter some of the most common pro-Davis rhetoric I’ve encountered over the last few days.

1. She shouldn’t be forced to choose between her career and her faith: Nobody is asking her to choose. She’s the one who chose to become a public servant. As the Supreme Court ruled in 2006 (in a majority conservative decision no less):

We hold that when public employees make statements pursuant to their official duties, the employees are not speaking as citizens for First Amendment purposes, and the Constitution does not insulate their communications from employer discipline.

In other words, public employees are not given autonomy to say or do whatever they want while carrying out official duties. Not only that, but Davis is an elected official who swore an oath to abide by the laws of the land – which are bound by the Constitution. Her job isn’t to marry people. Her signature is nothing more than her signing off on the fact that two individuals are legally allowed under our laws to get married – she is not the one marrying them.

2. The Supreme Court doesn’t have the power to write laws: That’s right, the Supreme Court doesn’t have that power. And when same-sex marriage was legalized in June, no new laws were created. The only thing that happened were laws that prevented same-sex couples from marrying were challenged in court; these challenges eventually made their way to the Supreme Court; and upon hearing arguments from both sides the Supreme Court ruled that these laws that had been put in place to prevent same-sex couples from marrying were unconstitutional. This is not unprecedented as it’s essentially the same thing that happened in 1967 when interracial marriage bans were struck down. Again, the Supreme Court did not write any laws.

3. This is judicial tyranny run amok: Actually, this is exactly how our Founding Fathers set up our Constitution to work. They added a judicial branch to ensure that laws could not be passed that would violate the rights of Americans. And, if so, those laws could be overturned by the highest court in our land. The only thing the Supreme Court can’t overrule is a Constitutional Amendment. Their job is quite literally to interpret laws based upon our Constitution – which is exactly what they did back in June.

4. God’s raft wrath is going to come down upon the United States for allowing gay marriage: Now, if that were really the case, then why hasn’t Canada (or the other 18 nations that have legalized same-sex marriage) been wiped off the face of the planet? Canada legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago – the Earth has still kept spinning.

5. What gives you the right to redefine marriage?: Well, in this case, the Constitution. But the fact is, marriage is not exclusive to Christianity. In reality, the legal definition of marriage in the United States has no religious ties whatsoever. Two atheists are perfectly allowed to get married without a single bit of religion being a part of their wedding. And the argument “that’s how it’s always been” doesn’t matter. At one point in time slavery was just “something that had always been” but we did away with that, didn’t we? Besides, no one is “redefining marriage.” Marriage has been, and always will be, a union between two adult people who love each other and want to pledge their lives to one another.

Bonus. Kim Davis being thrown in jail is the first step to criminalizing Christianity: No, it’s not. Her religion plays no part in this from a legal standpoint. The judge ordered her to jail because of the fact that she’s a public official who refused to abide by the laws of our land as supported by the Constitution. Why she’s refusing to do her job is irrelevant. By refusing to do her job as a public servant she’s infringing on the Fourteenth Amendment rights of same-sex couples. Again, why she’s choosing to infringe upon the rights of gay Americans doesn’t matter. As a public official she’s not protected under the guise of “freedom of religion” to defy our Constitution being that this nation is ruled by Constitutional law – not biblical. I hope these help to clear up a little of the confusion I’m seeing from these people. Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you think.

Read more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/answers-5-dumbest-arguments-kim-davis-supporters-use-defend/

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