The Sad Saga of Kim Davis, Also using the Bible as a defense FOR Marriage Equality.

Alrighty, I’ll try to keep this from entering the realm of uber rant. But this comes with the proviso that Marriage Equality is something I strive for, have a personal interest in, because my bestie is a bear and when he gets married, I want him to have the same damn rights that Kim Davis has taken for granted with her three divorces and four marriages.

Yeah, I know. Cheap shot.

Yeah, I know. Cheap shot.

Also should be noted that the same friend grew up  in the Baptist church and tried really hard to live as a hetero male; he was engaged to a close friend of mine when he came out as gay. The dude found out first hand you can’t fuck yourself straight, and anyone and I mean ANYONE who says that being gay is a choice, I’d like to know when you chose to be straight. Go ahead, let me know in the comments.

So, if you’re not a huge fan of newsfeeds, in Rowan, Kentucky there is an elected official who refuses to comply with court orders, citing religious beliefs as to why she will not issue marriage licences to homosexual couples.

Of course, she’s a born-again Christian who had three divorces and is on her fourth marriage– should be noted that Jesus spoke out against divorce in Matthew 19:8 [7They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?” 8He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.9“And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”…]

Because serial monogamy is totally cool in the bible, where divorce is heavily frowned upon by Hey Zues.

 It’s been said that since she became born-again, her past “sins” were forgiven; but Jesus wasn’t obtuse. Jesus advocated for people to not be assholes to others, even if they are traditionally considered enemies– he hung out with those heathenish Gentiles, told a parable about the Good Samaritan (back then, Samaritans were a rival tribe, so this is important– that a stranger and rival extended a helping hand when no one else would) … the man was a feminist and egalitarian.

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Should also be noted that Jesus advocated for separation of church and state long before the USA was a glimmer in England’s eye. In Matthew 22:21, Jesus said, 20And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” 22And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away.

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So, let me clarify that statement of rendering: Follow the laws of the land (hey, Kim Davies, Imma looking *right* at you) for God’s Kingdom is not of this earthly realm.

So, uh, I’m wondering what the counter argument would be; that Christian’s SHOULDN’T follow Christ’s teachings? What’s the point of proudly proclaiming their Christianity in public, of trying to force the whole populace to conform to their personal tenants? Oh wait, Jesus had something to say about praying in public; Matthew 6:5-6:

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men….when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret….”

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So using one’s religion (especially one where the spiritual leader specifically states to keep one’s faith personal, between that person and their God) as a means to middle-finger a whole demographic whom they have no empathy (it’s more than just ‘marriage,’ it’s being able to know what the fuck is up when your spouse is in the hospital because doctors will only give details to family) and no willingness to follow the very teachings laid down by Jesus Christ.

Sweet fucking Jesus, it hurts my head.

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I found this article interesting, this snippet in particular:

2 Tim.3.15-17, in words written primarily of the Old Testament: “The sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for {11} correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.” Evidently the writer of these words considers the sacred writings of the Hebrews able to inspire a personal saving faith in Jesus, the Christ; to furnish a knowledge of the things of God; and to prepare for efficient service. And these are the elements which enter into the life advocated and illustrated by the Founder of Christianity.

I’ve noticed that the most vocal opposition come from people chucking Old Testament Leviticus around… but some schools of thought are more in line with this:

The Law of Moses regulated almost every aspect of life in Old Testament times. But with the coming of Christ, God established a new covenant of faith and love with mankind. Christians are not required to follow the Old Testament rules about crimes and punishments, warfare, slavery, diet, circumcision, sacrifices, feast days, Sabbath observance, tithing, ritual cleanness, etc. However, the moral and ethical teachings of Jesus and His apostles call for even greater self-discipline than those of the Old Testament.

Some schools of thought adhere that the only relevant laws from the Old Testament that apply to Christians are the Ten Commandments. The rest of the laws laid down apply to Hebrews.

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However, facts are facts, and the facts are that a ‘devout’ christian has flouted the law her “savior” spoke of; that she failed to do the job she was elected to do and refused to allow her staff to serve ALL people equally– not just the hetero couples which she supports.

Her ideals can be parlayed into a few other situations; what if Quakers banned gun sales because they are pacifists? Sure that’d fly like a lead brick in Kentucky. Or if Orthodox Jews banned bacon cheeseburgers for the whole nation, because their beliefs trumped all?  Or if the DMV decided to stop issuing drivers licenses to gingers?

There is no war on Christianity; in America, Christians are allowed to practice their faith without interference as long as they don’t inflict their practices on others who want no part. Gays aren’t forcing them to ‘change their ways’ as some seem to bleat– if that were the case, those same people would be forced into unions with people of the same gender. But that’s not happening.

As a civil servant, it was Kim Davies job to issue marriage licenses to hetero and gay couples. She felt the need to keep her staff from following the court order, hiding behind her faith to exclude couples she deemed not worthy to contract a civil marriage (as opposed to Holy Matrimony, a religious rite) despite going against the law.

Maybe people wouldn’t lean toward secular thought if Christians acted more Christ-like, because Kim Davies fails. On so many levels, does she fail to uphold the teachings her leader put forth.
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Because, after all this, I’m like:

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