Today's topics include: Colbert's Debut on The Late Show; Christian Sharia Law on the March; Shep Smith for the Win; Sarah Palin's Incoherent Iran Speech; Huckabee Says Dred Scott is Still the Law of the Land.
I just want to "put out there" (again) that for all the hype, drama and analysis sparked by the political dimension of this controversy there is also a personal/pastoral dimension that is easy to overlook.
It's about people who think they are above the law and who use their religion to justify breaking the law. It's about people who think that their personal religious beliefs are more "special" than everyone else's and supersede the laws of the land. And that's not what America is about.
It's understandable why the national media is having such an easy time misrepresenting the residents of this small town. Since there seems to be much confusion, I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight:
Governor Huckabee, what's going on? Are you running for President of the United States of America, or for a primetime slot on cable news? I think you are overstating the courage of Kim Davis and misrepresenting Christ.
Who would expect Lundberg, a Republican from northern Colorado, to be shy, given his uncompromising stances on social issues in the legislature?
Kim Davis has every right to believe as she does. That's America; people of all colors, creeds and sexual orientations being able to express their different beliefs through the freedom of speech. But what she does not have the right to do is impede on the rights of any other American based on her personal convictions.
Students of history confidently know it's not martyrdom that future generations will think of when they look back at the legacy of Kim Davis. Here's a look at a few of the others whose ranks Ms. Davis may be joining.
I practice my religion to the fullest within the protections of the freedoms of our country. But, where I differ with those who would deprive gay Americans of their personal and religious freedom - including the right of marriage - is that my belief or practice does not impinge on the rights of others.
VAGINAS. I have to admit that I actually agree with the GOP...those vaginas are questionable places.
In spite of all the other horrible things we do to each other each day in this country, the God VS. Gays tragic comedy that's been playing out in the Bible Belt for the past month is the one event that far and away makes me ashamed to be an American.
Reassure your youth that there is nothing wrong with them. That they are accepted fully just the way they are. If you are a Christian, now is the time to speak up and prove "you're not all like that." And keep an eye on those in your midst who are holding on so tightly to their hateful ways.
Earlier this week, Kim Davis was released from prison, Survivor's Eye of the Tiger blasting like an apocalyptic trumpet and Mike Huckabee, America's favorite political yuk, standing triumphantly at her side. It was a good day for stupidity, nay, a perfect day for all things ignorant.
I am so terribly sorry that you have received such horrible reactions from people, and that you have been under such intense scrutiny. Rude behavior is never justified. But as an educator, I would like to ask that you take a few moments to think about the way you read the Bible.
How could the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign her name to same-sex marriage licenses possibly be equated with the men and women whose blood watered the seeds of the church? Well, Kim Davis is absolutely a "martyr" in one sense of the word.
To impose, for personal convenience, a narrow range of faith-based decisions on legally-sanctioned secular conditions flies directly in the faith we have in our Constitution-based society.