Jiffy Lube, Clark Kent, and Kim Davis…
Posted September 9, 2015on:
Kentucky might be the only place where free-range religious freedom means practicing government sanctioned discriminatory bigotry. I can say without fear of contradiction, it is the only place where iconic civil rights heroes and heroines are compared to someone trying her dead level best to bend back the arc of justice. I guess that is the uncommon wealth of Kentucky.
Yesterday’s carnival atmosphere was synonymous with what this spectacle has become — an argument about how a hot dog vendor does her job. If you buy a hot dog at a ballpark, the decision on whether or not you are going to get that hot dog shouldn’t rest with your choice of condiment. In the Kim Davis ballpark, only if you use ketchup AND mustard, do you get a hot dog. In her world, if you are a ketchup or mustard only lover, you must do without even though it’s her job to sell hot dogs. The accommodation isn’t about enabling her self-imposed preferences, it is about finding someone else to sell the hot dogs.
Now ratchet up this lame analogy to something as fundamentally important as with whom you want to build a life. At that point the senselessness of yesterday’s kabuki theater becomes apparent. The irony is, we didn’t buy a ticket to their show. It’s all well and good if the performers perform to their heart’s content, we celebrate their right to do so, but it doesn’t make us theater patrons. The rest of us have a right to pass on their show and proudly proclaim, “Nothing of value to us, let’s move along.”
I always strive to leave you, my Widdershin friends, with something to think about.
So riddle me this: How did Kim Davis, with the Jiffy Lube speed of Clark Kent in a phone booth, unbraid her hair in the time it took to walk out of the jail and to climb on the stage? Could it be that Huckabuck helped? And if he did, do you think he could be lucky number five for Ms. Davis or just auditioning for a job at Great Clips if this presidenting thing doesn’t work out?
This is a wide-open barn door of threads. Have at it and most importantly, enjoy your Wednesday!
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