Kim Davis Exemplifies Why the Religious Right Shouldn’t Be Taken Seriously

kim-davis-religious-hypocrisyDespite my bluntness and frequent sarcasm, I actually don’t like being combative. I try to be an advocate for two sides coming together to find a compromised solution to the issues we face in this country. Anyone who follows me knows that I preach facts, perspective and big picture thinking – not ideology.

In fact, I’m not a progressive Democrat because I was raised to be one, I’m a progressive Democrat because:

  1. Humans love to label things, therefore based upon what I believe I’m a “progressive,” even though I simply prefer to call myself an American.
  2. While I don’t agree with everything Democrats do, the GOP has simply lost its damn mind.

I’ve usually disagreed with the Republican party throughout my adult life, but I used to be able to sit down with conservatives and have fairly reasonable political discussions. We argued over the best way to deal with factual problems going on in this country. Now I spend more time arguing over whether something is or isn’t factual. Especially as the religious right continues to infect more and more of the GOP.

Take for instance this nonsense with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. This isn’t a “debate” of any kind because “her side” has absolutely no rational or legal basis on which to form any sort of argument in her favor.

Yet, millions of right-wing conservative Christians not only support her, but believe she should have the legal right to ignore our Constitutional laws based on religious beliefs.

It’s why I’ve said repeatedly, I just can’t take these people seriously.

Many of these same folks actually believe:

  • Evolution isn’t real.
  • Climate change is a hoax.
  • The Constitution is a Christian document, even though there’s not a single reference to Christianity anywhere in it.
  • The Earth is 6,000 years old.
  • God is going to punish the entire planet because the United States is allowing same-sex marriage – even though Canada legalized it a decade ago.
  • That President Obama is a Muslim.
  • Biblical law trumps Constitutional law.
  • The end of the world is coming because of President Obama.
  • Dinosaurs and humans roamed the planet together.
  • That “religious freedom” means they have the right to force their views on others.

The list just goes on and on. While I’m not a doctor, wouldn’t someone have to be fairly close to insane to believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, dinosaurs walked alongside humans and that God is going to bring about the end of the world because one country legalized same-sex marriage – despite the fact it’s been legal in other countries for years?

Even now, as they sheepishly rush to Kim Davis’s side, they’re defending the “biblical beliefs” of a woman who’s been married four times, divorced three times and has had at least one extramarital affair – who’s claiming she’s “trying to defend the sanctity of marriage.”

Even the best satire writers would struggle to come up with something that good.

And the bottom line is: This isn’t about religion. 

This is about our Constitution, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional rights of gay Americans and an elected official who unconstitutionally refuses to do the job to which she was elected – in direct violation of a court order telling her to do so.

That’s it. 

But to the religious right, it doesn’t matter what the facts are – because they don’t care about facts. In their minds, this is about the government putting a Christian in jail because of her faith. And it doesn’t matter how logically you try to explain it to them, they simply don’t get it – and probably never will.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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