Kim Davis Is Not An Icon For Civil Rights – She’s An Enemy Of Them

kim-davis-religious-hypocrisyWhile I’m sure many people are getting sick of hearing about Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, I personally cannot get enough of this story. Well, let me rephrase that a bit. I’m absolutely sick of the stupidity of those who support Kim Davis, but this entire ordeal has perfectly exemplified the idiocy of the religious right. In that sense, I’m ecstatic that it’s being given such a national stage.

It’s literally religion vs. the Constitution where those on the side of religion are openly admitting that they believe the Bible trumps Constitutional law. Either that or they’re just flat-out too ignorant to understand the role our Supreme Court plays in this country. Back in June when the Court ruled against bans on same-sex marriage, it used the same power given to it by our Constitution that allowed it to deem bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional back in 1967.

Needless to say, most of those folks supporting Kim Davis couldn’t care less about facts. These are people who honestly seem to believe that her being put in jail was a move to “criminalize Christianity.” Hell, some have even compared her to Martin Luther King Jr., suggesting she’s today’s version of a civil rights icon for Christianity.

Are you kidding me? 

This woman is no “fighter for civil rights,” she’s the enemy of themShe’s not like MLK, she’s like the people who stood against him. Because the truth is, she’s using many of the same arguments to support her stance against same-sex marriage as people did decades ago to oppose desegregation and ending bans on interracial marriage. Back during the 50’s and 60’s, many people felt it went against “God’s law” to “mix the races.”

What “right” is Kim Davis supposedly “fighting for”? Her right to discriminate as an elected official? Her right to ignore Constitutional law?

Because the truth is, nobody gives a damn about her religion. If she wants to go to church seven days a week, watch nothing but Christian television shows and wear a magic Jesus Christ onesie to sleep every night – go right ahead. If she opposes same-sex marriage, that’s fine. That’s her right as a private citizen to do so.

But when she walks into that county clerk’s office, she’s no longer a private citizen – she’s an elected official. Her job isn’t to determine who should or shouldn’t get married. Her job is to determine, according to the law, who is legally allowed to get married.

Her supporters are trying to turn a legal argument into a religious one – because they know they don’t have a legal leg on which to stand. It’s like I’ve said before, this isn’t a “fight,” because people like her have already lost.

This is not up for interpretation of the law. This is not a case that needs to “play out in the court system.” When an elected government official like Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she’s breaking the law, discriminating, and violating the Constitutional rights of Americans.

End. Of. Story.

Years from now when we look back on this time and Kim Davis’s actions, we won’t reflect back on a civil rights icon fighting for her faith – not even close. We’ll reflect back upon Kim Davis as one of the last bastions of ignorance clinging to an outdated dogma, whose willful ignorance empowered her to foolishly believe that her personal beliefs trump our Constitutional laws.

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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