Staver Lies About DOMA


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.

Comments

  1. raven says

    They lie as casually as they would order a cup of coffee.

    If their religion was true, they wouldn’t have to lie all the time.

  2. Trebuchet says

    Meanwhile, both the previous president and this one maintained their right to pick and choose the laws they’ll follow regarding the killing of both foreigners and Americans with unmanned aircraft. They ought to be worried about that one.

  3. dingojack says

    “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”/

    As opposed to ‘acting like an non-autocratic dictator’ I suppose.
    OK Matt, care to name any post-Roman* ‘non-autocratic dictators’?

    Dingo
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    * post-Roman, because to Romans the title of Dictator had a totally different meaning and function from the word’s modern sense.

  4. gshelley says

    Well, I can almost see where he is coming from. The conservatives, Roberts especially, seemed annoyed at being asked to rule and he did say that if the executive thinks a law is unconstitutional, they should just ignore it and not take the matter to court.

  5. says

    Staver & Taitz are the living incarnations of those annoying Facebook graphical memes that spread like wildfire every few days — just post some random quote based on something you pulled out of your ass, and everyone will believe it and share.

  6. says

    They lie as casually as they would order a cup of coffee.

    Actually, I think they’d probably expend more effort over whether to have a cappuccino or a latte.

  7. slavdude says

    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.

    Are you sure they know this stuff? Much of what I have read and seen over the past few years about these guys points to ignorance on their part as well, but of course ignorance is not an excuse.

  8. fastlane says

    Can you post all the cases where Staver was outraged over Shrub the Lesser refusing to defend laws? I wonder why Staver didn’t kick and scream when it was his guy doing it….

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