Mat Staver is not only the worst lawyer in America not named Orly Taitz or Larry Klayman, he’s also a baldfaced liar. That’s the only reasonable thing one can conclude after reading what he said about the Obama administration and the DOMA case, which is being promoted by the Worldnutdaily, of course.
A Supreme Court decision striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act could lead to the precedent the president could act like an “autocratic dictator,” said Matthew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University Law School.
By striking down DOMA, Staver said in an interview with WND, “It would set the precedent that the president can pick and choose which laws he wants to enforce and which ones he does not.”
That, he said, would make a president an “autocratic dictator” by default, as he no longer would be bound by his oath of office to enforce all laws.
Seriously, even by Christian right standards this is incredibly dishonest. First of all, the Obama administration has continued to enforce DOMA while declining to defend its constitutionality in court. Those are not at all the same thing. Staver and all the other wingnut liars know this, but they also know that they can lie about this and get away with it because their followers neither know nor care what the truth actually is. And if the Supreme Court overturns DOMA, it will have nothing whatsoever to do with Obama’s decision not to defend the law, much less make him an “autocratic dictator.”
The word “shameless” seems inadequate to describe such mendacity. They lie as casually as they would order a cup of coffee.