Kim Davis Released And The World Mourns Or At Least I Do
I was so happy when Kim Davis was sent to jail, and now I am sad that she has been released so soon. While the religious right, namely Huckabee, is claiming that the federal judiciary overreacted (gasp, by sending a government employee to jail for repeatedly defying a court order to uphold the law), the rest of the population, even a nincompoop like New Jersey Christ Christie has responded with a scathing retort of exhorting people like Kim Davis to just “do their job” sort of thing:
Earlier Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Davis should be given another government job, because those licenses “have to be issued” under the law.
“People have a right to practice their religion,” Christie said on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning. “Now, I’ve said what I would do with this woman is to move her to another job where this is not an objection for her. Because you have to follow the law — and the law has to be these licenses have to be issued.”
People, if Chris Christie understands these things, and I don’t grant that he understands much, then it should be easy enough for a simpleton to follow.
From the Federal Court’s side, the argument for releasing Kim Davis is that the office is issuing marriage licenses, so why keep Kimmie in jail?
“After remanding Defendant Davis to the custody of the U.S. Marshal, five of her six deputy clerks stated under oath that they would comply with the Court’s Order and issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.” Davis “shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.”
Why, indeed, when an officer of the law defies it? But the Federal judge who put her in jail just doesn’t seem to be able to make up its mind about why a government employee would go to jail for refusing to uphold the law, and the explanation according to Gannam, Kim Davis’s attorney, makes her release sound like a gloat-fest, saying she “never changed her mind.”
Huckabee makes one qualification too many in stating that Davis is a Christain AND follows the law, because the whole reason Davis went to jail was for NOT following the law, but I don’t think most people believe Huckabee tells the truth anyway. HIs comment is verging on a “nah, nah, boo, boo” bit of propaganda:
“God showed up in the form of an elected official: Kim Davis,” Huckabee said. “Today I was proud to stand with Kim Davis as she was released from jail. Kim Davis should have never been locked up for being a Christian and for following her conscience and the law.“
That last “and” shouldn’t be there, but apparently no one pays attention to the fact that Kim Davis willingly broke the law and then cried about the consequence.