Kim Davis has gone to jail and is on her way to martyrdom. She defied every legal entity extending up through the Supreme Court and continued to deny marriage licenses to the same sex couple wanting one. She did so “under God’s authority.” The law finally removed her so others could do what she should have been doing herself, as she pledged, under oath.
She essentially campaigned to be charged with the misdemeanor of official misconduct that can have, as its penalty, up to a year in jail. The couple whom she has violated asked that she only be penalized by fees, but the judge determined that would not be effective. It also did not work as well for the agenda by which Davis appears to be marching.
Kim is one of two Clerks in Kentucky, both named Davis, that are the latest in a string of botched martyrs, although how exactly their misguided self destruction will play out still remains to be seen. When it does play out, we will all be very aware of it. The big Hate PR Media Machine will make sure of that.
Casey Davis, the other clerk, has vowed to fight to the death, even though there is not a single person trying to kill him, has hinted about killing him, or to whom killing has even entered their mind. He is on a bike ride across the state in support of Kim Davis. “I cannot let my sister go to jail without my doing something to let others know about her plight,” he states underscoring the intention of the two for a penalty of incarceration. (They are not blood related.)
Kim Davis’s quest to suffer slings and arrows on the behalf of her “faith” is at least a little more subtle. She has carried her cross up the stations of the US legal system, to reach her final destination, and now seems eager to dive into her own crucifixion. I sent her a letter trying to persuade her that she needed to be wary of her traveling companions, the Liberty Counsel. They are not only the ones with the nails and hammer, they also are the ones collecting the ticket proceeds from this gruesome event.
Mr. and Ms. Davis will do what they will. We have seen that none who are eager to drink their own proverbial, and not so proverbial, Kool-Aid, are easily persuaded from what they see as their calling.
So, they, like a few others before them, will fall mightily on their sword, even though it is only made of paper.
I have decided it is time to address, not them – been there, done that—but their followers.
Dear American Christian Nation,
Before I start, let me clarify. I am not addressing all Americans. Many are either Christian, or your kind of Christian. I am not addressing the vast majority of Christians who happen to be American. I am addressing those of you for which there is no separation of Church and State in your mind. I am addressing those of you who cannot see us as a nation, only a Christian one, and one that ostracizes all who do not fit into that structured well cast core.
You. “The chosen”.
We have an election going on, and it is time to severely scrutinize the candidates. They are all failing and principle-less and their missions are eroding any semblance to a noble legacy that you once possessed.
I am not talking about the candidates for President and politics (though, if you want to go there….), I am talking about the invisible yet contentious race to be seen as the biggest “Christian” martyr ready to ruin one’s life for God.
Only common requirement: Be extremely homophobic and seek the expulsion of LGBT people from anything that resembles a decent, responsible life.
First we had the baker, the florist and the pizza maker. The pizza maker’s martyrdom did not last long. The primary challenge for them was there was no real situation. They had insulted invisible people for a non-existent event. Then they became almost instant millionaires.
Becoming an almost instant millionaire is pretty much a disqualification for being a martyr.
The baker fell into a similar conundrum. They thought they had martyr’s pain over a $135,000 judgment against them, but then they got four times that amount in fund raising. As riches filled their homophobic coffers, they raised up their hands, and in their best Marie Antoinette cried “let them eat cake,” and sent out confections to all the people whose weddings for which they would have refused to bake. But then they sent them cake… for free.
If you can’t figure out when to bake or when not to bake, and you earned a big payoff — you’re not a martyr.
The florist’s quest for martyrdom just wilted for lack of damage. She claimed loss of avocation, home and all that she held dear. The truth was a $2000 fine and a finger wagging.
Those who don’t get punished really at all aren’t martyrs. They are drama queens.
There was also the Idaho wedding chapel guy who was went around telling everyone how he was going to prison. He barely makes it on this list since he had nobody who wanted to patronize him, no authorities questioning his action, no ordinances violated, and no issues raised on how he was doing business.
Those who have to beg to be harassed, and then still aren’t, are not martyrs.
So now we come to the non-related clerking Davis “Bobsey Twins” of Kentucky. Casey Davis has taken to his bike to fight the evil LGBT windmills like a crazed Christian Don Quixote. Kim Davis has taken the role of a modern day George Wallace blocking the door to keep a young African American woman from attempting to be the first to register at the University of Alabama. He stood defiant, blocking the door on June 11, 1963 as Vivian Malone sought to enter.
American Christian Nation, it is time to take a hard look at your players. They are not serving you well. No one is being inspired to Christ due to their actions. No one is relating to some grand principle when all they see is gestures of cruelty being offered to innocent people who want nothing more to love who they love, and to be able to start their families with dignity.
Your martyrs are becoming more and more objects of financial opportunism of a giant Hate Industry more than they are the faithful willing to die for honor, glory and a righteous way of life. This is not about following God, it is about following the money. Right now that money is being spent yearly in the billions to attack other families so that you can feel self-righteous— or so you are being told.
Has your righteous feeling enveloped your life yet? How’s that working out for you?
Here is the really sad part. The millions being squandered on this vitriol? That is not the money of America’s progressive people. It is your money. It is coming from your need to “get at” people you don’t know and don’t understand. You are bankrolling this campaign of oppression that your grandchildren will come to mock and deride and wonder how anyone could be so stupid as to buy into.
The waste is yours. It is mind boggling to think what could be done if your collective mindset was re-directed to things that Christ actually did and does care about. Things like helping the sick, the unfortunate, the homeless and hurt. What healing could your outpouring to these self afflicting “martyrs” do if sent in another, positive and affirming direction.
It would change this from the age of the Wanna-be Martyr, to the age of Christian Miracles. While the results could be Heavenly, the choice in making it all happen is quite Earthly. It would not be up to God to alter the current trajectory, for Him, it is a spectator sport.
It is, instead, all up to you.
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As always, Rob, your letter are as bang on as they could be.
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Love this so much! Especially love the “drama queens” part as I always thought of them as “media whores”, just looking for attention or their 15 minutes!
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I KNEW Kim Davis has a bigger political agenda than playing the “martyr” for the media.
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Open letter, from a blogger I follow …. ” I am addressing those of you for which there is no separation of Church and State in your mind. I am addressing those of you who cannot see us as a nation, only a Christian one, and one that ostracizes all who do not fit into that structured well cast core.”
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I’ve been waiting for this post from our favorite gay dad!
Too bad no one can find just 1 (one) verse in the Bible where Jesus told his followers to hate in any way shape or form on those he we we don’t agree with. Yet the Catholic Church (not associated with Christianity) made up non Biblical rules to suit them best.
I think Luke 19 is pretty good for showing that Jesus says for his followers to hate (which, of course, contradicts a lot of other verses). The end of the parable of the ten minas is pretty strongly worded.
Not even close Clubs…Jesus never told anyone to hate on others…Educate ur self before postin shit!
Unfortunately for you, I have read the bible and know better than to believe your claim. It’s always so curious when a Christian makes such claims, as if they don’t read their own bibles and expect no one else to do so either.
Let’s take a look at what JC has said:
“25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
The word used here is hate, a word that has a distinct meaning. The translators didn’t say “mildly dislike”, or “benignly ignore”. It says hate, or “miseo” which means hate, loathe, abominate, not antipathea, which is dislike, or aparesko which is also dislike. I’ve seen quite a few Christian sources trying to their best to avoid the conclusion of hatred, which usually involves insisting that even though the authors of the bible used this word, they somehow didn’t mean it “literally”, a common tactic used in order to ignore that the bible is quite violent and ridiculous. Everything that a Christian finds objectionable becomes “not literal”, so they can invent their own bible that doesn’t offend their sensibilities.
JC says that one must leave everything, one can’t even bury one’s dead parent. Now in a society where the disposal of the dead was and still is very very important, to tell someone not to care for their parents remains is no less than telling them that they should hate them. The bible tells how important this is when it says that it is a horrible thing if your body isn’t correctly interred, cursing people by saying that their bodies will be eaten by animals if they don’t follow this god’s law. Jesus himself says that the OT is to be followed and one will be punished if one doesn’t (he only differs on interpretation of certain laws). Heaven and earth are still here so the law is in force. It was very important for the followers of JC to bury him, which does indeed make one wonder why they thought it was important, a case of do what I say, not what I do?
This hatred demonstrated by non-burial is repeated in Revelation where all of the people who don’t worship this god are murdered and then the animals eat them.
We also have that JC says that one should kill those who don’t accept him, Luke 19. I have seen Christians do their best to claim that the story isn’t about JC’s resurrection in order to claim that the king who is rejected and who returns in power and then commands his followers to kill anyone who doesn’t accept him isn’t “really” JC. That does prove a problem when every other parable that uses this imagery is directly claimed to be all about the resurrection.
We can then go to Revelation that hatred is seen again with killing those who don’t worship this god. If there were no hatred, there would be no need for violence. Just let them die and cease to exist. But this Jesus chooses violence. Then we can go back the OT, something that JC says is still in force with his eternal unchanging self/father, and see that God/Jesus hates, by destroying Esau and invoking the idea of jackals. Psalm 139 has the author being very proud he hates God’s enemies and God seems to approve. Paul brings up hating Esau again in Romans 9, and it sure does seem that hate is exactly what is being described, emisēsa, from “miseo”.
One of the funnier things claimed by some Christians is that Greek doesn’t have a word less intense than hate, but that is obviously not true. It’s even more amusing when some Christians invent the idea that the original writers were more “excitable” than the superior Westerners and just didn’t quite know what they were writing, and the Westerners had to correct the bible. If the word hate wasn’t correct, then why does this god repeatedly encourage its Christian translators to use what you want to call the wrong word?
There are indeed place where JC says love your enemy. There are as many that say hate them and hate other people just because one can only love JC/God. It is no surprise that the bible is full of contradictions; it was written by humans with no “divine truth” behind them at all.
“And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
this line alone tells me it was inserted long after the fact.
Hmm, never noticed that. Very good! I would suspect that your average Christian would just say that JC was just being coy., but since there is no evidence of the cruxifiction, it seems to have been invented and thus the comment invented after that.
Well, it could have been jesus just doing a little fortune telling, but he certainly didn’t seem to do it often, and on at least on one occasion (I tell you that there are those here who will not taste death…) he completely blew it. So, my guess it, like so many things in the bible, it was inserted long after the fact.
It’s really the only way to make “prophecies” come “true.”