When Religion Turns Into A Circus

Trapeze Artists in Circus

Morehead, Kentucky residents may have thought a circus was in town on 09/14/15. Actually, there was one. Unfortunately, what happened in the Rowan County Clerk’s Office wasn’t funny. Here is a sampling of the news reports about the activities that occurred.

ABC News: “Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ name was removed from the first marriage license issued to a same-sex couple today following her return to work in Rowan County earlier this morning. Deputy Clerk Brian Mason issued the license to Shannon and Carmen Wampler-Collins, a couple who met 23 years ago at Smith College. Davis never left her office during the process. Instead of her name appearing on the license, it said it was issued pursuant to a court order and under the authority of the city of Morehead, Kentucky. A preacher at the back of the room tried to shout the couple down, urging them to repent and not get the license.”

NBC News: “At the clerk’s office on Monday, as the Wampler-Collinses walked up to the counter to get their license, a protester heckled the clerk and implored one of the women not to separate herself from God.”

CBS News:

On Monday, the plaza outside the courthouse took on a carnival air: loud speakers blasted Christian music, television cameras and lights were set up in white-topped tents, and Davis’ supporters waved signs and prayed.

The issue has drawn some of the most fervent Christian activists from across the country. Their trucks are parked up and down the street, bearing signs that read “sodomy ruins nations” and “repent.”

One truck, with a North Carolina license plate, has a poster-sized photo of an aborted fetus on the side. Others, from Iowa and Colorado, feature photos of two men kissing with doomsday warnings about the “sin” of homosexuality.

Judge Bunning held Davis in contempt and ordered her to jail Sept. 3 when she continued to refuse to issue the licenses. In her absence, her deputies issued at least seven licenses to gay couples and altered the forms to exclude Davis’ name.

The governor, the attorney general and the county attorney have said the licenses are valid. Davis and her attorneys claim otherwise.

The first couple to apply for a license Monday was Shannon Wampler and Carmen Collins. They stood at the counter for a half-hour, dozens of reporters gathering behind them and microphones bobbing above their heads.

Deputy clerk Brian Mason – sitting behind a sign that reads “marriage license deputy” – gave them a license despite his boss’s objections and after a delay because of a printer problem. Protesters in the back heckled Mason, but he ignored them, initialed the license and shook the couple’s hands.

He remained calm, scrolling on his computer and chewing gum, despite the surreal scene unfolding before him.

Davis’ supporters heckled.

Elizabeth Johnson from Ohio screamed: “Come on clerks, don’t sign that license. Don’t let Kim’s five days in jail be in vain.”

Aren’t those above-mentioned Davis supporters precious? They have turned religion into a circus so appalling that not even P.T. Barnum would touch it. The only clowns less amusing are the elected ones who work in the U.S. Capitol.

Something in the above-reported brouhaha is puzzling. The religion displayed by the above-mentioned circus doesn’t match anything that this writer finds in the New Testament, and a web search for it turned up nothing. Well, Gang, it looks like we’ve got another mystery on our hands. Someone call Scooby-Doo.

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  • Scalia

    David, you seem obsessed with this issue. So, since you’re into mysteries at the moment, do you care to unravel that one? Do you need suggestions on far more substantive matters to discuss? Oh, I forgot; you don’t discuss the issues; you just post the stuff that’s important to you.

    Now, you may not care for Jim, but he offered several excellent suggestions, and I’ve even thrown in some suggestions on topics of real national and world interest, but we get crickets from you.

    I can see a thread or two on this topic, but isn’t it time to move on? I suggested the same thing when the battle flag issue kept raising its head. Regardless, you plowed ahead with several more threads on it. You notice a beheading on Drudge, and you jump to write about it, but you said nothing about five servicemen murdered in your own country. You seem so obsessed over the fact that people disagree with you over gay marriage that you lose your head and imagine that we had a theocracy before the Supreme Court stepped in.

    In all seriousness, please explain why you’re fixated on this issue and why you think a clerk in a rural county deserves all of this attention. Did you hear? Nobody is being prevented from obtaining their marriage licenses. It’s time to move on, David.

    • Commander_Chico

      Agreed that religious debates are a dead horse here.

  • Commander_Chico

    Hey, OT but did you see Perry dropped out? Too bad, he was sane.

    • Brucehenry

      Well maybe but I can think of three reasons why he shouldn’t be president: he’s dumb as a stump; he’s a phony; and…I forget the third one. Oops.

      • Hank_M

        Funny, those characteristics didn’t prevent Barry from being elected.

        • Brucehenry

          But yet they DID prevent Perry from being elected. Wonder why that is?

          Why, it’s almost as if they were actually present in regard to Perry, and not so much (only in the wingnut mind) in regard to Obama.

          • Ha, ha!

          • Sky__Captain

            Barry counted on Low Information Voters to be spoon-fed by the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

            That and suppressing his political enemies via the IRS.

          • Brucehenry

            Obama couldn’t suppress anyone in 2008, could he, genius?

            As for your “low-information voters” and “propaganda arm” tripe, well, whatever you have to tell yourself…

          • Sky__Captain

            You’re quite obviously one of thee Low Information Voters.

          • Commander_Chico

            Plus Romney and Ryan sucked it raw.

      • Commander_Chico

        Yeah but did not strike me as a maniac like most of those clowns.

  • Sky__Captain

    I think its precious (to use David’s term) that the governor of Kentucky refuses to call a special legislative session to address reasonable accommodation for Kim Davis and others under Kentucky’s RFRA.

    Maybe David could research that aspect of his obsession and write something. While he’s at it, he could look up Kentucky law about the issuing of marriage licenses.

  • Hank_M

    It really is amazing how much attention a small town clerk in Rowan County Kentucky is receiving.

    Gay rights, Gay rights, Gay rights. Nothing else matters.

    If only Davis was muslim…..

    • iwogisdead

      You mean attention on Wizbang, right?

  • Retired military

    I seem to recall a few years ago the left praising the brave clerks who issued gay marriage licenses when gay marriage was against the law. I just wish the left would stick to one of their double standards at any given time.

    As for Ms Davis and the rest of the folks in positions like this. If your govt job requires you to violate your religous beliefs it is time to get a new job. If you have a private business and choose not to make gay wedding cakes then as long as the couple can get their cakes elsewhere they are not being hurt. But the business should be prepared for a loss of business from that segment of the population. The govt should but out of private enterprise as long as the issue isnt about race, gender,r relgious orientation or physical handicap.

    • Hank_M

      “I seem to recall a few years ago the left praising the brave clerks who issued gay marriage licenses when gay marriage was against the law.”

      That’s correct. 2004, San Fran mayor Gavin Newsom forcing town clerks to issue gay marriage licenses in defiance of Ca. state law.

    • iwogisdead

      It doesn’t look like the gays in Rowan County are being harmed, either. Except, I guess, a marriage license signed by Kim Davis might be going for big bucks on ebay these days.

      Anyway, the gays of Rowan County are doing better than the bakers who are being fined for not making a gay wedding cake. Or photographers, etc.

  • Vagabond661

    So are you shaming the Christians for voicing their opposition, i.e. free speech? If they were speaking out against gun control or women’s rights would it be more palatable to you?

    Maybe you need to take over Wizbang Pop.

  • jim_m

    So David, what do you have against civil disobediance? I suppose that you would prefer that people start decapitating their ideological opponents in the street like muslims do?

    Doesn’t seem like you can muster a single thing to say about that.