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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Homophobes, misogynists, bigots… what a wonderful world. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Kim Davis

This is just getting ugly. The right of same-sex couples to get married in all 50 states, which was enshrined in the SCOTUS ruling in June, continues to be obstructed by a cluster of obstinate local government officials and the special interest groups that back them in court. And now — even after losing in court — a clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky named Kim Davis is doubling down on the “religious liberty” bunk and ignoring a federal judge’s order to begin issuing marriage licenses.

This is the same county clerk who was the subject of a video that went viral in July, showing a gay couple attempting to get a marriage license and getting blown off by the craven bureaucrat. The ACLU subsequently brought an action against Davis, and on Wednesday a federal judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, ordering her to resume issuing licenses — a ruling conservative Christians say “advances the homosexual agenda.”

Davis was represented by Liberty Counsel, a law firm that advocates for anti-gay, anti-abortion policies, and is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They issued a statement Thursday saying: “Kim Davis did not sign up as a clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Her job duty was changed by five lawyers without any constitutional authority. At a minimum, her religious convictions should be accommodated.”

In his opinion, U.S. District Judge David Bunning said that Davis’ Constitutional right to practice her religion was not at all under threat from same-sex couples, writing:

[Davis] may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible Study and minister to female inmates at the Rowan County Jail. She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk.

On Thursday, however, she refused to obey the judge’s order (she had previously ignored Kentucky governor Steven Beshear also). And she isn’t even the only clerk in Kentucky doing this — let alone the country.

Next: Ted Nugent 

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  • The lucky one

    Davis should be fired immediately. If she wants to be a martyr for her bigoted cause let her.

    • RED

      Personally I’d like to see these nutballs defying Federal Courts in jail! Let them have some time to talk to Jeebus. See how committed they are after a few days in preferably a max security prison.

      • Allan Richardson

        Nah, that would feed their martyr complex and give their supporters a reason to carry on the “faith.” Remember, the tune used for the Battle Hymn of the Republic was previously written for “John Brown’s Body,” a song protesting the hanging of John Brown, the abolitionist, for attacking the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, (now West) Virginia. His cause was just, but he promoted it by means of terrorism, the same way the seceding states promoted the opposite cause. But Brown’s hanging got the anti slavery movement going stronger.

  • The lucky one

    Ted must have trouble finding “his stuff” among the low caliber brass he drops given that they are probably about the same size. And maybe he is right about Kelly. After all, if there is one thing Ted knows intimately, it’s stupidity, he’s had a life time of personal experience in that area.

  • The lucky one

    “And they define “discrimination” as any opinion they don’t like, even if the view is based on reality” Sounds like a pretty accurate description of Harvey’s type of “Christian”.

  • Grannysmovin

    Kim Davis: If you’re religious convictions are jeopardized by issuing a marriage license to a same sex couple than you have a problem with your faith. Those are your religious convictions and you have no right to impose those convictions on others. You are paid with taxpayer funds and the couples you refuse to serve are taxpayers.

    Ted Nugent, Erick Erickson and RedState: It is obvious you both, and others who follow your lead, feel physically, mentally and morally inferior to females. Every time you open your mouth you display your insecurity and have to prove your masculinity with futile attempts to insult or bragging about your manhood which is nonexistent.

    Pat Robertson: The only “flood of evil” that threatens to overwhelm the United States” comes from you and your ilk.

    Linda Harvey: “Homophobic Christians are hilarious. If you believe in talking snakes and virgin births, you don’t get to tell me what’s unnatural.” Blogger John Moriary

    • The_Magic_M

      > You are paid with taxpayer funds and the couples you refuse to serve are taxpayers.

      I’d like to see the RW outrage when a Muslim 911 dispatcher hangs up on a Christian caller citing “religious objections to helping infidels”.
      These “Christians” (actually cultists worshipping their own heavily edited version of the Bibble) always think they deserve special treatment.
      [Technically, those loons *are* an “endangered” minority because real Christians hopefully outnumber them.]

      • Allan Richardson

        Or Jehovah’s Witness medical personnel refusing to administer blood transfusions, leading to death.

  • winnona

    Regarding Kim Davis: Replace her.
    Regarding Linda .: Separation of church and state.
    Regarding Ted Nugent: Not worth mentioning
    Regarding Erk Erikson: Same as Ted.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    The joke is if you took a microscope and peered into Lil Kimmie’s past, you’d understand why she is now so miserable as a religious convert that she has to spread her misery around. Women like this have such massive guilt complexes they can never reconcile. Like boozers, druggies and womanizers, these are the “Get Religion” tent revivalists who want nothing more than to empty your bank accounts so they can ram their hypocrisy down our throats. Not much in the way of intelligence is required to be a grifter like Lil Kimmie.

  • idamag


  • KDJ54

    I’m sure all of these folks are consistent in their application of Leviticus’ rules, like requiring women in their menses to be segregated until they can be purified by the priest, they’re avoiding sitting on chairs previously occupied by said women, that they’re abstaining from eating pork chops, etc., etc.

  • The expression that the far-right has become unhinged is most appropriate. Their paranoia, ignorance, and predisposition to make rash and hasty decisions is typical
    of a lynch mob, or other assorted vigilante thugs in the world.

    Such a group has morphed into something quite vile and anti-Christian despite
    their ability to quote scripture–often, out of context and using flat-out wrong
    interpretations of their Book.

    Here in Oman, I was speaking with one of the local inhabitants as we talked about
    how people of the former Religions are quite content to let the clergy and politicians
    do the “thinking(?)”, while the congregation sits mute and regurgitate what they
    heard without ever asking “Why is that said so in the Book” or “What does that
    really mean on a deeper level?”

    When people are content with suspending their rational thought process, not
    being active learners, and become too lazy to think critically, they fall prey to be manipulated by the purveyors of false interpretations—purveyors intent on using
    the gullible in order to gain notoriety and/or power and money.

    • The_Magic_M

      > Their paranoia, ignorance, and predisposition to make rash and hasty decisions is typical of a lynch mob, or other assorted vigilante thugs in the world.

      No wonder they are cheering for a demagogue like Trump. And you people wonder how Nazi Germany happened.

      • plc97477

        I don’t wonder. I have seen it repeated in the last few decades.

  • Magnus Thunderson

    One thing this idiots should ask them self’s did they have any choice to be heterosexual if the answer is no then they are with out choice heterosexual which totally invades the idea that can be fixed. and if you choice yes I had a choice then your not heterosexual but Bi or in the closet as i know I had not choice at all being heterosexual as i was tempted by being a millionaire with a easy life as i spent my summers on the fire island Pines was there such nice party’s and if did not bother me they were run by gays as they knew I was not but I not judge peoples lives so at a series of party’s I made friends with several gays and one that took a fancy for me tuned out to be a multi millionaire as he owned a about 100 brownstones a few company’s so his offer was a NYC brownstone a collage degree up to a PHD at any collages in the city and a clothing entertainment miss expenses of 150 thousand a year and took me much less the a second to turn him down

  • Huh. I guess Bradlee Dean calling for Obama to be murdered and insisting God will destroy America if he isn’t will have to wait until next week.

    • dpaano

      Gosh….wasn’t one of the Ten Commandments….”Thou shalt not kill?” It’s amazing that these idiots call for murdering the president, which is clearly against God’s will!!

  • jeffromac23

    My question for all these county clerks that are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples is didn’t you swear to God to uphold the laws and the Constitution of the United States of America when you took your oath of office?
    Wouldn’t not issuing said licenses after you swore to God then be a sin? You didn’t swear to uphold the laws you believe in you swore to uphold ever single one of them
    But then again you are the same people that cherry pick the Bible to use for your own purposes instead of Gods. You misquote and take the Bible out of context to suit your own personal agenda otherwise you would know that Jesus said everyone is going to sin it’s how you repent for those sins that are important and since you will never repent for using Christianity by twisting to push your personal agenda on everone else getting past the Pearly Gates is probally going to pretty hard for all of you.

    • plc97477

      I know, I want to be right behind them in line so I can see the look on their face when they are turned away.

      • dpaano

        They won’t even make it that far!!

  • ps0rjl

    Thank goodness you can still believe in God without all the religious mumbo-jumbo. Guys like Pat Robertson have gotten rich by preaching God as he does to the gullible and stupid. Hey Ted, no one wants to listen to a pedophile draft dodger.

    • idamag

      And, add a person with enhanced flatulence in his hosen.

    • Allan Richardson

      “There’s a sucker born again every minute.”
      — P. T. Robertson

  • clcman

    Wait a second… if I read Pat Robertson’s quote right, he said that no one 30 or 40 years ago could believe that in 2015, the Supreme Court would be allowing abortion. Um, hello Pat? Roe v. Wade was 1973. 30 or 40 years ago, the Supreme Court had ALREADY DONE THAT.

    • Independent1

      Pat’s ramblings make it pretty clear that he’s not very good about getting the facts straight on virtually anything!!

  • David

    Way to go Ted!! Molon labe!!

  • terry b

    There is such a good reason for why so many republicans have been labeled part of the retarded right wing and that does seem to be quite obvious out here.

  • The_Magic_M

    > the Kelly/Trump row

    Amusingly, “Kelly Trump” is the name of a famous German porn star.

    Re: Pat Robertson
    Wonkette recently had a great article about him, showing he doesn’t even know what else Leviticus bans and, on top of that, told a caller he should not care but enjoy his life instead.
    The textbook bigot – when he thinks the Bibble says “don’t be gay and don’t eat shellfish”, he turns it into “don’t be gay and ignore the rest”.

    Re: Kim Davis
    Why do I read the idiot is suing? Why don’t I read somebody drags her in front of that federal judge for contempt of court? Why don’t I read about her getting fired? (RW’s would advise a citizen’s arrest, wouldn’t that be fun?)

    > “Her job duty was changed by five lawyers without any constitutional authority.”

    Interesting description of a SCOTUS majority. Maybe we should start ignoring other SCOTUS rulings we don’t like, like Bush vs. Gore, and arrest GWB for having started a war without proper authority?

    • idamag

      They loved the Supreme Court when it ruled in favor of their hatred.

    • dpaano

      When Kim Davis shows me a paycheck signed by Jesus (or God), then I’ll believe that she has a right to deny issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples. But, I believe her current paycheck is signed by the State of Kentucky (or whatever wayward state she comes from), and as long as that’s the case….she needs to fulfill the job that she took an oath to fulfill! If she can’t do that….she needs to find another job! Taxpayer money shouldn’t pay her to decide what she will and will not do for the money she’s paid!
      As for arresting GWB for starting a war….Vincent Bugliosi wrote an excellent book before he passed away….it was entitled: “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder,” and he laid out the case and the exhibits piece by piece. Now if we could only find ONE state attorney general with balls to prosecute Bush and his cohorts, and if they used the information that Bugliosi provided, along with the exhibits noted…..Bush and his buddies would be behind bars as we speak!!

  • dpaano

    First of all, I have NO idea why so many people are in such an uproar about what someone does in the privacy of their own homes or bedrooms? Seriously? We have NO other more pressing problems in this country to discuss? Besides this and Planned Parenthood, it seems that the conservatives are more interested in our sex lives than they are with the economy, income disparity, immigration, etc. Let me say one thing to these so-called Christians (of which I am one, but these people totally embarrass me)….IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, PEOPLE, THERE’S NOTHING TO SEE…..GO ABOUT YOUR LIVES AND LEAVE OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES ALONE!!!!