Unless you haven't been paying attention today, you should be, as one more step was made today in deciding who has and doesn't have Constitutional rights--specifically, the right of religious liberty, which is the bedrock of the founding of this country (USAToday).
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning placed Rowan County (Kentucky) Clerk Kim Davis in the custody of U.S. marshals until she complies, saying fines were not enough to force her to comply with his previous order to provide the paperwork to all couples and allowing her to defy the order would create a “ripple effect.”
“Her good-faith belief is simply not a viable defense,” Bunning said. “Oaths mean things.”
Davis, who was tearful at times, testified that she could not obey the order because God’s law trumps the court.
“My conscience will not allow it,” she said. “God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties.”Davis has the support of at least three GOP Presidential Candidates (Absolute Rights).
“I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said in a statement to reporters Thursday. “I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to chose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court decision.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee linked Davis’ story to his broader concerns over religion in America.
“Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubts about the criminalization of Christianity in this country,” he tweeted. “We must defend #ReligiousLiberty!”
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has long called for resolving the debate over gay marriage by getting government out of the licensing business, also defended Davis.
“I think it’s absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty,” he told CNN. “If you want to convince people that same-sex marriage is something that’s acceptable, I would say try to persuade people. But if we’re going to use the federal government … it’s going to harden people’s resolve on this issue.”Ted Cruz was also on Mark Levin's radio show tonight to talk more about this outrage done to Ms. Davis.
"We've seen judicial lawlessness cross over into judicial tyranny." Ted Cruz
But there are exceptions...like the reliably idiotic Lindsey Grahamnesty.
“The rule of law is the rule of law. That’s what we are. We are a rule of law nation, and I appreciate her conviction. I support traditional marriage, but she’s accepted a job where she has to apply the law to everyone. And that’s her choice,” Graham told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday.Judging from that idiotic comment, Grahamnesty would not have fought to end slavery or segregation, since the Supreme Court issued rulings that upheld both practices in the Dred Scott case (slavery) and Plessy vs. Ferguson (okayed segregation "separate but equal").
But Grahamnesty wasn't alone.
In a separate interview with Hewitt Tuesday, (Carly) Fiorina drew a distinction between Davis and bakers and florists who have cited their religious beliefs when denying gay customers seeking wedding services.
“Is she prepared to continue to work for the government, be paid for by the government, in which case she needs to execute the government’s will, or does she feel so strongly about this that she wants to sever her employment with the government and go seek employment elsewhere,” she said.Shame on you, Carly FioRINO! You've shown by that statement that you're not only spineless, you're as phony as a three dollar bill. You're just an establishment hack trying to be a conservative. Obviously, FioRINO is too ignorant to understand Article VI, Paragraph III of the US Constitution.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."But according to the Fascist Judge David Bunning and Carly FioRINO, you need to check your faith at the door?
Where does it end? And you don't have to be a Christian to be concerned, because if some tyrannical judge can take away the right of religious liberty, then who is not to say your rights will be in someone's cross hairs next?
Religious liberty is important because it was one of the primary reasons our nation was founded, NOT on a principle of theocracy, but on the principle of being free to practice your faith and tolerance of different beliefs, as well as the idea that all rights come from our Creator. What is happening in Obama's Amerika is dangerous, because it usurps that very idea this nation was founded upon. If that idea is gone, then we as a people are no longer free, because any government that thinks it has the power to give you rights also has the power to take them away from you, without your consent.