The unkindest cut of all?


You would think that the fanatical anti-gay group known as the Westboro Baptist Church would be the strongest supporters of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, now in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to same-sex marriages.

But it turns out that they are some of her harshest critics and accuse her of helping to legitimize homosexuality. Why? Well, you have to apply some Westboro-logic to resolve this seeming contradiction.

They say that because Davis has been married four times, she is an adultress and thus has contributed to the general sinfulness of the nation of which homosexuality is one part.

Addressing Davis, who has been married four times –twice to the same man — and reportedly had twins out of wedlock, Westboro tweeted: “‘Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me.’ -The LORD”

They have followed up with a series of tweets (see above link) against the person they call a “phony divorced/remarried traitor to God,” with the hashtag “#NotChristian.”

In one of their tweets, they make the same point that many of us have been making: “What if a clerk denied ‪#KimDavis a license for her 2nd/3rd/4th marriage because Christ calls it adultery?”

They say that Davis’s claim that she found Jesus just four years ago and has been forgiven for her past sins and so her previous marriages should not be held against her does not wash because according to the Bible only her first marriage is valid and so she is still currently living in sin with a man who is not her ‘real’ husband.

To be called out by the WBC of all people for hypocrisy and contributing to acceptance of gays has got to hurt.

Comments

  1. Some Old Programmer says

    Oooh, I guessed wrong. I thought it’d be along the lines of the Supreme Court ruling is the last nail in the coffin and she’s going to mess up the retribution the country has coming. I guess I’m not good at predicting the thought train of the WBC (which is oddly reassuring).

  2. Chiroptera says

    Mano Singham: They say that Davis’s claim that she found Jesus just four years ago and has been forgiven for her past sins and so her previous marriages should not be held against her does not wash because according to the Bible only her first marriage is valid and so she is still currently living in sin with a man who is not her ‘real’ husband.

    Just to preempt an argument that some might make in the near future: if a Christianist were to claim that Jesus’ comments on divorce were meant for True Christians and that Davis’ previous marriages weren’t valid before her True Conversion, that would end up undercutting their entire argument against state recognition of same sex marriage. After all, if the state can recognize fake marriages among non True Christians, why not same sex marriages?

  3. Chiroptera says

    Westboro Baptist Church: is their exposure the true face of bigotry useful? Or are they harmful because the allow the majority of bigots cover as “friendly, non-extremist bigots”?

  4. says

    To be called out by the WBC of all people for hypocrisy and contributing to acceptance of gays has got to hurt.

    There’s always a bigger hater somewhere out there.

  5. Nick Gotts says

    They say that Davis’s claim that she found Jesus just four years ago and has been forgiven for her past sins and so her previous marriages should not be held against her does not wash because according to the Bible only her first marriage is valid and so she is still currently living in sin with a man who is not her ‘real’ husband.

    That point had occurred to me, but I don’t know if her first husband is still alive (if he is, I imagine he’s keeping his head down). Her second husband is also her fourth, so if the first is dead, she’s in the clear as far as current adultery is concerned. If he’s alive, I suppose she might claim it wasn’t a “real marriage”, not being blessed by God – but then her whole excuse for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples is undermined, if a licence from the state isn’t enough to make a “real marriage”.

  6. Nick Gotts says

    I wonder if Scottish people are tired of being cited during No True Scotsman arguments. – Lesbian Catnip@4

    Speaking as a kind of False Scotsman (I wasn’t born here, but have lived in Scotland since 1998 and now identify more as Scottish than English or British, campaigned and voted for independence, say “aye” and “outwith”…), I can confirm that I not only don’t put sugar on my porridge, I don’t eat porridge at all.

    If that helps.

  7. thebookofdave says

    This seems like just another effect of the differences over doctrine, theology, and heirarchy between the many versions of Christianity. Kim Davis doesn’t even need an external antagonist to demonstrate it. Before her self-declared conversion, she was apparently affiliated with a Baptist church, with the implication that her former congregation are not “True Christians”, especially if they were Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912 Baptists.

    Just one more reason to avoid bringing up her personal life as a side issue in the discussion, other than to define and enforce boundaries between her personal religious beliefs and the execution of her duties as a public official. It’s just bait for anyone wanting to derail the topic into a factional dispute of concern only to theists.

  8. Numenaster says

    @Nick #8, now I’m wondering what the dickens “outwith” means. “Out with it!” I can understand.

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