Despite facing impending contempt of court charges and a Supreme Court that refuses to intervene, Kim Davis is holding on tight.Â
Kim Davis knows she doesn’t have the backing of the U.S. Supreme Court, nor, likely, the Rowan County Attorney who advanced a charge of official misconduct to the state attorney general last week. But she does have the support of the voters, and since the office of county clerk is an elected position, one that she, like her mother before her, have held for decades, the chances of her resigning are slim.
In fact, so slim that Kim Davis just told reporters she has no intention of quitting.
â€œI intend to continue to serve,â€ she said today.
Davis also just issued a statement suggesting she believes she will go to hell if she disobeys what she sees as God’s law on marriage.
“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with Godâ€™s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience,” Davis says.
“I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.”
She also insists she has “no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will.”
“To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and Godâ€™s Word. It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
The only way Davis can be “fired” is during an election, if she loses, or if the state legislature impeaches her, finds her guilty, and removes her from office. The legislature is not scheduled to convene until January of next year.
And given that this is Kentucky, and she has the support of a great many Kentucky citizens, even that may not bring her career to an end.
You’ll remember Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was impeached and removed from office in 2003, only to run again for election in 2012? Today, he is, again, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
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Trump Butchers Language During Massive India Welcome Rally — as Crowd Walks Out on His Speech
President Donald Trump butchered several Indian words during a speech on his first official visit to the country.
Trump addressed a massive public rally Monday in Gujarat, the home state of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, and struggled to pronounce several words, reported BBC.
The U.S. president bungled his pronunciation of Ahmedabad, the city where he was speaking, and the name of Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda.
Trump, who entered to the music of Elton John, also called the Vedas — ancient Hindu texts — the “Vestas.”
BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan reported that crowds began leaving midway through Trump’s speech, which came after Modi spoke.
Carnival Celebration Includes Burning Effigy of Kissing Same-Sex Couple as Children Watch and Adults Applaud
The town of Imotski in the mostly-Catholic country of Croatia is getting attention after its leaders decided to burn an effigy of a same-sex couple kissing, and holding a child, as part of a 150-year old annual carnival celebration.
As the video below shows, the figures of two men kissing were lit on fire, and were quickly engulfed by flames as adults cheered and applauded and young children stood and watched. Confetti was thrown, some of the children were unsure what to make of the hateful spectacle, and a few appeared excited. One little girl applauded and then quickly walked off. Several attendees, including children, filmed the event for posterity.
One of the figures burned “clearly showed the face of Social Democratic Party MP Nenad Stazic, who has campaigned in parliament for same-sex couples to be allowed to foster children,” BalkanInsight reports. “His character had also a red star on his forehead, the symbol of former communist Yugoslavia.”
One of the carnival organizers defended the choice of burning a same-sex couple.
“We remain conservative, sticking to tradition. Give the baby to a mother, as the saying goes. We think that’s right.”
But political leaders, including the country’s president, and activists are speaking out.
“The symbolic burning of same-sex partners with a foster child in Imotski is a sad, inhumane and totally unacceptable act in the guise of the ‘Bakova povorka’ festivities,” President Zoran Milanovic wrote on Facebook, according to Total Croatia News.
The organizers who staged this shameful event, in the name of tradition, deserve the strongest public condemnation because of the hatred they have demonstrated toward for others. Intolerance and inhumanity are not and will not be a Croatian tradition,” he added, while pointing out that “many children watched this event, thus witnessing the spread of hatred and inciting violence.”
The nation’s Education Minister, Blazenka Divjak, and Economy Minister, Darko Horvat, also condemned the display.
“The scary scenes from Imotski cannot be justified by carnival customs,” the Rainbow Family Association’s Daniel Martinovic said. “What kind of message is being sent to our children, children who nowadays in Croatia grow up with lesbian mothers or gay fathers?”
Total Croatia News reports criminal charges will be brought against the carnival’s organizer.
Watch – the hateful act begins near the end of the video at about the 1:41:00 mark:
Hat tip: Towleroad
This article has been updated to include a more accurate translation.
Harvey Weinstein Guilty of Sexual Assault Including Rape
Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of two counts sexual assault and not guilty of sexual predation by a jury in New York. He was found guilty on one count of rape and not guilty on another. Allegations made by two women are the foundation of the case. More than 100 women have accused Weinstein of various acts of sexual misconduct, including rape.
BREAKING: Harvey Weinstein convicted on 2 out of 5 counts – criminal sexual act in the 1st degree and rape in the 3rd degree
— James Queally (@JamesQueallyLAT) February 24, 2020
“The jury in New York convicted Weinstein, 67, of third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann, as well as a count of criminal sexual act in the first-degree against former production assistant Mimi Haley,” NBC News reports. “But the jury found him not guilty on the two most serious counts, predatory sexual assault, as well as a count of first-degree rape against Mann.”
Weinstein could “go straight to jail,” former federal prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Cynthia Alksne said.
On Friday the jury said they were unanimous on some of the five charges but deadlocked on others. The judge asked them to continue deliberating, which they did Monday morning, quickly reaching a conclusion after five days.
UPDATE: 12:30 PM ET –
Judge has remanded Weinstein into custody without bail.
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