Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Huckabee and Cruz to head to jail
If only that headline were true! Unfortunately, they're heading to jail, not to be incarcerated, but to visit and share their wisdom and good wishes with Kim Davis, the serial-adulterer, super Christian, who believes, not in our Constitution which she swore to uphold, but in the "laws" of her Santa god in the sky who will reward her with an eternity in heaven if she obeys his will as spelled out in ancient Semitic documents.
At this point, this brouhaha is no longer about Kim Davis. She's an elected official who refuses to do her job because she claims doing her job would violate her deeply-held personal beliefs. This is about whether or not elected officials have to obey the Constitution and the laws of the land.
Even the 8th-graders that I taught would know that Ms. Davis is way off base. This is a country governed by the Constitution and the laws that have derived from it. One's personal beliefs, no matter how deeply felt, matter not at all.
Ms. Davis doesn't see it that way. She thinks she's being persecuted for being a Christian. Ms. Davis seems to have the mistaken impression that her Christian beliefs provide the foundation for her work as a county clerk.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Unfortunately, the two Republican president wannabees coming to visit her in jail, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, are of one mind with Ms. Davis. Huckabee is a Southern Baptist preacher without a church but with the SBC mentality who disbelieves in separation of church and state and would argue that the U.S. is a Christian nation and God's laws therefore supersede the Constitution. Huckabee, in the past, said he intends to take this country back for Jesus. He has said that Ms. Davis should obey the law but "only if the law is right."
According to his definition, the law allowing gay marriage is wrong and therefore Ms. Davis is not beholden to it.
Do we want a Mike Huckabee in the White House.? God forbid!
Ted Cruz is as crazy as Huckabee. Maybe more so. Cruz has been anointed by the "Apostles" of his religious affiliation to be God's servant as president of the United States. He is a "chosen one." Just ask his father, a extremist Christian pastor. Cruz, also, has little use for the Constitution. For him, as for Huckabee, the Constitution is fine so long as it follows the "true" path of their religious beliefs.
Do we want a Ted Cruz in the White House? All the gods forbid?
Update: Huckabee and Cruz arrived just after Ms. Davis was ordered released from jail.