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You ain’t the bigot of me…

Posted on: July 30, 2015

Mangled metaphors don’t make much sense upon first reading them, but I always particularly enjoy rereading them where they make even less sense.  This post is an example of not believing a situation even after re-rereading it.Church and State

On these pages I have previously mentioned Liberty Law School in Lynchburg, Virginia.  It is part of the Falwell Liberty University family business empire.  The Bushes and Pauls have politics as a family business, the Falwells have Liberty University.  Liberty Law School costs about $60,000 a year and is a third or fourth tier law school, but don’t worry, it is a solid third or fourth tier school since there’s nothing lower.

Liberty churns out lawyers to defend against the unwarranted and oppressive discrimination against the religion practices of a mere 83% of Americans — with 13% being non-believers, that leaves a mere 4% for all the other religions.  Remember that the next time some blowhard starts talking about Muslim Americans taking over the country, but I digress.

According to a world view consistent with Liberty Law School, at every turn in modern-day America the vast majority, 83% to be exact, of practicing Christians are being harassed in some form or fashion.

Lay back and allow the satire to wash over you, but this is one such story of unconscionable intolerance of religion and the unwarranted harassment of practicing Christians.

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice has an anti-discrimination policy requiring “fair and equal treatment without bias” for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex juveniles.”  Under the policy, detention center staff and volunteers cannot tell the juveniles “that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they should change their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Funny how this works both ways...

Funny how this works both ways…

A gentleman named David Wells is a Baptist minister who volunteers at one regional juvenile detention center.  He was asked to leave the detention center on July 7th because he couldn’t or wouldn’t comply with the anti-discrimination policy.

Enter Liberty Counsel to the rescue – the same Liberty Counsel that has been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  A lawyer with Liberty Counsel wrote a letter to the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Commissioner stating, “This policy needs to be revoked by Friday, August 1st, or face litigation.”  By the way, that is tomorrow.

So I’m being perfectly clear, Liberty Counsel, under some twisted, convoluted, backasswards reading of the U.S. and state Constitutions believes there is some protected right to enter into a state facility and proceed to proselytize to vulnerable juveniles that they are “sinful, abnormal, and deviant.”

Just so happens, Liberty Counsel is also representing a County Clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone wanting to be married – straight or gay.  Her solution and that of Liberty Counsel is exactly what you would expect from a third or fourth tier legal mind.  Their remedy:  Get in your car and drive until you come to a county where they are issuing marriage licenses – no harm, no foul.  Forget about the clerk resigning.  Forget about the clerk allowing her assistants to issue the licenses.  Forget about everything, every last thing, other than this particular clerk’s avowed religious practices.Tolerance

The outrageous nature of this situation demonstrates something that is forgotten in these days of ever-heightening personal megaphone wattage:  The First Amendment may give the right to scream your ever-living lungs out, but that does not entitle you to free rein over someone else’s ears.

Perpetual victimhood is embraced by organizations like Liberty Counsel.  The symbiotic relationship of fundraising and patently bogus notions pad their bank accounts affording the handsome salaries paid to those who promote the perpetual victimhood.  There you have the circle of life for groups like Liberty Counsel.  It is in this world that somehow it makes sense that the religion espoused by 83% of the population is being victimized when people exhibit some modicum of discernment at what their ears usher into their brain.

To advance yet another tortured metaphor:  You can scream, but I can run and hide.

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26 Responses to "You ain’t the bigot of me…"

Just so happens, Liberty Counsel is also representing a County Clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone wanting to be married – straight or gay

So her solution is no one can have one? But isn’t the issuance of marriage licenses a part of her job?

And if I recall some comments regarding that particular court clerk she has been married several times. Not practicing what she preaches?

http://www.openbible.info/topics/remarrying_after_divorce

@1, yes, it is part of her job, but not a big part of her job. It isn’t like she has to do some kind of mystical incantation over the couple so that their marriage “will take.”

That is one of the big things everyone forgets about marriage equality. The whole case boils down to someone giving a clerk $35 or $40 and the clerk in turn giving them a piece of paper.

No governmental sanction of the underlying merits. No marital test. No parenting test. Not even a test about sexual history or knowledge. It is about a completely administrative task without one whit of discretion. That’s it — nothing more, nothing less.

That is why there is a 14th Amendment right — there’s no reason for the state to make any allowance for two people who want to marry. There’s no basis upon which to justify any government discretion. A marriage license is a piece of paper handed out by a clerk, filled out, and then filed alphabetically in a file cabinet. End of story.

It is about a completely administrative task without one whit of discretion. That’s it — nothing more, nothing less.

Too bad some of these folks see it as a platform to to take their stand on. I wonder if she ponders the merits of lawsuits she has to process and to question whether they are biblically correct or otherwise meet her criteria?

The police in Lafayette have released the 911/radio traffic for the shooting at the theaters there.

Excellent post, Prolix. The cloak of victimhood donned by straight, white, Christian males never ceases to piss me off. Idiots like Insanity and O’Really are millionaires because they play into this bigotry and fauxrage that motivate the Republican base.

I am working in Texas again, and at the office, heard some white guy explaining how they’re going to take back America in 2016 and how there’s going to be someone running the country who “respects the Constitution of the United States.” I figured two things were true about this man: 1) he wasn’t talking about Hillary, and 2) he had never read the Constitution.

MB@6: and you figured a third thing: 3) Don’t say a word, just store it away for mental reference later. 😉

Oh, are they still talking down there about Jade Helm?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/16/us/in-texas-a-military-exercise-is-met-by-some-with-suspicion.html

Wednesday night as I was writing this post, there was a segment on The Daily Show perfectly exemplifying this issue. The town is Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Eureka Springs passed a non-discrimination ordinance that was upheld in a voter recall by a margin of 71% to 29%.

Even though there was a specific provision exempting churches and their hiring preferences, victimhood is in full and glorious bloom. The minister leading the charge against the ordinance is a perfect foil — mullet-cut, greasy hair, and a fake smile perfected in graduate work at Weasel U.

Here is the link if you have a couple of minutes. It is a perfect coda to this whole subject. What are we going to do in a week when Jon Stewart leaves on the same night as the Repub debate BTW. Coincidence of all coincidences.

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/ifkeox/anti-christian-discrimination-in-arkansas

@8: Oh I caught that. It was hysterical.

@8: Well bless her heart, Joyce was being so common sense in her questions and replies. Gelato, that’s a type of ice cream, right? I thought ice cream was gender neutral. 😆

What are we going to do in a week when Jon Stewart leaves on the same night as the Repub debate BTW

I dunno, but I hope the rookie can handle it.

@10, I want Trevor Noah to succeed, but the more I hear him on talk shows and watch his stand-up, I’m having doubts. His humor seems observational and that’s fine for stand-up, but I’m not sure that works with the type of satire we have come to expect from The Daily Show.

We will see.

@11: I agree. I think Jordan Klepper or Jessica Williams would have been a better fit for the show, the way it is, poking fun at politics and current events. Maybe the show is going to change?

Huckabee has long spoken out against abortion, and last year, he suggested that the issue was worse than the Holocaust.

Geez he’s fixated on the Holocaust and Jews being led to the ovens by Obama. Allow me to throw a little Yiddish at Huckleberry: “You’re a schmuck and a putz.”.

Nice Yiddish, Fredster!!

I wonder how the National Guard will feel about their new mission when President Huckabee takes office? Oh right…😄

@14, I fear that Huckleberry might be the first enforcement subject by the National Guard when they invoke a little known law that is a subset of posse comitatus it is called posse clownitatus — the origin goes back to medieval times when a court jester got rip roaring drunk on the honey mead and thought he spoke truth to the king. Not unlike Huckleberry on his best days.

@MB: Thank ye!

Prolix, I am so glad I was not drinking a beverage when I read that comment. 😆

Here’s a take on “Can we go on without Jon Stewart?” I’m not buying what they are selling, but it is unique in its take.

Imagine next Thursday night’s teevee — the clown convention hootenanny and then Jon Stewart’s last show. Big night.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/can-we-go-on-without-jon-stewart-of-course-we-can-hes-shown-us-how/2015/07/30/dde2d13e-3266-11e5-97ae-30a30cca95d7_story.html?wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

@18, I consider my work done when I have caused a spewing spit take to soak an otherwise unsuspecting keyboard.

I call it the “ultimate interactivity” computer experience.

Well I was reaching for the glass of tea when i was reading the comment and I stopped just in time. 😉

I’m not buying what they are selling, but it is unique in its take.

I’m not buying it either.

@11 & 12, have been thinking the same as both of you.

“I wonder if she ponders the merits of lawsuits she has to process and to question whether they are biblically correct or otherwise meet her criteria?”

Excellent point, Fredster. I think she should be fired if she refuses to do her job. I wish someone would sue her and her county for refusing to issue a marriage license based on discrimination.

Great post as always. So the Fox debate and Stewarts last show on Thursday? Holy cow!

Sophie has a post up next door about nyt slandering Hillary and her response. I read somewhere that even the kos folk are sticking up for Hillary.

annie said: I read somewhere that even the kos folk are sticking up for Hillary.

Isn’t that just freakin’ amazing? I thought I’d be seeing flying pigs before that happened!

[…] this morning.  It’s an update on something upon which I’ve previously written.  Remember the Kentucky kerfuffle around county clerks not issuing marriage licenses because of opposition to same-sex marriage?  I have an update – in […]

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