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Christians Jailed, Homofascism Out of Control

Sep 4, 2015

It has come to this: Christians who stand for their faith, for conscience, and for religious freedom, are now being jailed in America. County Clerk Kim Davis is now in jail for refusing to violate her Christian conscience and do that which is immoral.

Some of us have warned for decades now that this is exactly where all this is heading. The homofascists will stop at nothing to achieve complete compliance to their agenda. All opposition will be dealt with in the severest fashion. And all this in the name of tolerance and acceptance of course.

Prior to her court appearance, Kim said this:

I have weighed the cost…. But it is through God and His grace and strength that I stand, that I can have a smile on my face. Those licenses leave my office through my authority. I cannot be party to that. I just can’t. … If the Word of God isn’t worth fighting for, I don’t know anything that is. We serve a living God who is alive and on the throne. He knows exactly where I am, and I know that His hand is upon me and upon His people. He is in full control.

Some champions for liberty have immediately sprung to her defence. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz courageously said this:

davis kiToday, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America. I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court decision.
In dissent, Chief Justice Roberts rightly observed that the Court’s marriage decision has nothing to do with the Constitution. Justice Scalia observed that the Court’s decision was so contrary to law that state and local officials would choose to defy it.
For every politician — Democrat and Republican — who is tut-tutting that Davis must resign, they are defending a hypocritical standard. Where is the call for the mayor of San Francisco to resign for creating a sanctuary city — resulting in the murder of American citizens by criminal illegal aliens welcomed by his lawlessness?
Where is the call for President Obama to resign for ignoring and defying our immigration laws, our welfare reform laws, and even his own Obamacare? When the mayor of San Francisco and President Obama resign, then we can talk about Kim Davis.
Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in public office, they must disregard their religious faith–or be sent to jail.
Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so. I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now.

Various marriage and family groups have also condemned the incarceration, including NOM:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today sharply criticized federal judge David Bunning for jailing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis because she has refused to issue same-sex ‘marriage’ licenses in violation of her deeply-held religious beliefs. The group blamed the US Supreme Court for creating the conflict by redefining marriage and refusing to stay legal action against Davis pending her appeal.
“It is outrageous to jail Kim Davis because she does not want to personally be part of certifying same-sex ‘marriages’ that violate her deeply-held religious beliefs about the nature of marriage,” said Brian Brown. “What this judge is saying is that now that the Supreme Court has illegitimately redefined marriage, every single person in government if not in the country must stand in salute and participate in the act. That is profoundly wrong and violates the spirit of federal law which provides that the government must seek ways to reasonably accommodate people’s religious views in the workplace.”
This past June the US Supreme Court ruled to impose same-sex ‘marriage’ on the nation when it determined that state laws limiting marriage to one man and one woman were unconstitutional.
“While Judge Bunning is the instrument of the inhumane punishing of Kim Davis, the authors of it are the five justices of the US Supreme Court who illegitimately, without a shred of constitutional authority, redefined marriage without any regard to the profound implications their ruling would have on law-abiding, faithful Americans,” Brown said. “With this ruling, the idea of religious freedom that is at the heart of our constitution has been eliminated when it comes to exercising beliefs about marriage. It’s a profound shredding of the constitution on the altar of gay activism.”
Brown called on federal and state officials to find a way to accommodate people who object to gay ‘marriage’ on religious grounds from having to participate in the act.
“It was utterly wrong for the courts to have ordered every state to license same-sex ‘marriages’ and it is judicial tyranny for judges to say that every individual person must be involved in the act despite their deeply-held beliefs. We call on federal and state officials to immediately enact laws to accommodate the beliefs of individuals who do not wish to be a party to something they consider to be wrong.”

At a time like this it is worth recalling earlier acts of defiance to an unjust state, and the place of Christian civil disobedience. On April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his now famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. Parts of it are worth repeating here:

There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience. You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”
Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. Segregation, to use the terminology of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, substitutes an “I it” relationship for an “I thou” relationship and ends up relegating persons to the status of things. Hence segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, it is morally wrong and sinful. Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation. Is not segregation an existential expression of man’s tragic separation, his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness? Thus it is that I can urge men to obey the 1954 decision of the Supreme Court, for it is morally right; and I can urge them to disobey segregation ordinances, for they are morally wrong.
Let us consider a more concrete example of just and unjust laws. An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal. Let me give another explanation. A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state’s segregation laws was democratically elected? Throughout Alabama all sorts of devious methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters, and there are some counties in which, even though Negroes constitute a majority of the population, not a single Negro is registered. Can any law enacted under such circumstances be considered democratically structured?
Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest.
I hope you are able to see the distinction I am trying to point out. In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar, on the ground that a higher moral law was at stake. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians, who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks rather than submit to certain unjust laws of the Roman Empire. To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience. In our own nation, the Boston Tea Party represented a massive act of civil disobedience.
We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country’s antireligious laws.
I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

While the particulars of these two situations of course differ, the underlying principles remain the same. When unjust and immoral laws are passed, Christians have an obligation to consider carefully and prayerfully how they might deal with such laws. Civil disobedience, and a willingness to suffer the consequences, is one such option.

We need to uphold Kim Davis in our prayers, and do all we can to help and support her during this difficult period. And we need to finally get our heads out of the sand as to the reality of homo-tyranny. Things will simply get much worse as the homosexual militants ramp up their war against any and all opposition to their nefarious agenda.

billygraham.org/decision-magazine/september-2015/kentucky-clerk-on-biblical-marriage-stand-i-cannot-be-separated-from-what-i-believe/
talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ted-cruz-kim-davis-contempt
www.christiannewswire.com/news/9682076642.html
www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

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20 Responses to Christians Jailed, Homofascism Out of Control

  • This is vile and disgusting (below). The internet once again reveals the true nature of godless people:
    http://www.newnownext.com/sitnexto-kim-davis-has-won-twitter-did-god-order-you-not-to-fill-the-xerox-tray-too/

  • While not condoning Islam, something similar just happened in France:
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/french-muslim-registrar-sent-to-court-for-evading-same-sex-marriage

    Back to Kim, praying for her right now.

  • I think this is actually a very good thing. It seems to me, those who have put her in jail have inadvertently imprisoned themselves. Do they really think she will capitulate? In the meantime, people will be galvanised and increasingly realise just how wrong the SCOTUS decision was. All she has to do is stay there and maintain her position by saying ‘no’. I merely pray she remains faithful.

    So what choice will they have but to eventually release her? And what precedents does that set across the USA and even beyond? I think those who are celebrating her situation will very quickly see the narrative – despite the best efforts of the mainstream media – turn against them. Praise God!

    “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

    Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.”
    – Phil 1:12-18

  • Thanks Mark. Yes it will be a good thing if it does galvanise God’s people. But right now most of the church is so dead and so clueless, that I wonder if it really will be galvanised. I hope it does wake up soon.

    And of course it is easier for us to see the silver lining here since we are not the ones languishing in prison – yet!

  • Hi Bill. When I read about this Christian lady being jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences in Kentucky to same-sex couples because of her Christian convictions, I was reminded of something Rick Joyner said prophetically in his book “The Harvest”, first published in 1989: “If homosexuality goes unchecked, it will become one of the greatest threats to religious freedom in the world. The church will be nearly defenseless against this spirit until she repents of her own sectarianism, which is her own spiritual homosexuality, and returns to worshiping the Creator, instead of His creations. Homosexuality is the sin that most reflects man’s fall from true worship.” Thanks so much for continuing to boldly stand for Biblical truth, and to challenge the church to Arise and Shine for Him! God Bless.

  • But we should not wonder at this when every major institution in the United States and particularly Britain has come under the thrall of ‘gay charities’, like Stonewall.
    We have watched stupified – ever since the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, but especially since 1997 when Tony Blair became Prime Minister of Britain – these ‘charities’ ticking off one objective after another.
    After having been let out of the closet in 1967, with the decriminalisation of homosexuality for men over the age of 21, their first goal was lower the age of consent for gays from 21 to 16 years (2001). The next was to allow homosexuality to be taught in schools (2003). The next was to clear any obstacle for gays to occupy any role in society, especially that of civil partners and adoptive and foster parents(2005). Once having achieved the status of parents it was but a clear run to achieving the status of married partners ( 2014). But the gay charities were not finished. Their real aim was remove from the public space real Christians (not phonies like Justin Welby or Bishop Gene Robinson) and anyone who resisted sodomite hegemony. This was to be done through through bullying, public humiliation, loss of occupation, destruction of business, police harassment, crippling fines, threats of violence, actual violence and now prison. But this is not the end, the gays have so much more to do.

    David Skinner UK

  • But it is not the gays themselves who are in the forefront of waging war on the people. It is the cowards like Judge David Bunning and useful idiot politicians who are breaking down the barriers protecting righteousness, marriage, purity and children from sexual predators. Whilst speaking at an event hosted by Stonewall, Britain’s Home Secretary, Teresa May, said how incredibly proud that she and the Home Office were, to have come top of 2010’s Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index[1]:

    “I think that shows how far we, as a society, we have come…..As a country we have come a long way….as a party, my own party, the Conservatives have come a long way. We now have more openly gay MPs and openly gay ministers than ever before ….We’ve come a long way……despite the real progress we have seen in recent years, there is much still to do….despite the real progress
    we have seen in recent years, there is much still to do…..And we will go further…We are committed to taking action to tear down these barriers….” [2]

    The same serving of notice of intent to tearing down any remaining barriers protecting our children from sexual predators was proudly repeated recently by the present UK Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan who has also prostrated herself in abject submission to Stonewall when she addressed them thus:

    “…. the contribution of LGBT people….. incredible role models….I’m proud …..truly momentous strides…..some of the proudest achievements of this government ….. a measure of just how far we have come…. significant strides… So there is still a lot of work to be done….. we need to make more progress….But to really change attitudes….But homophobic bullying doesn’t just affect LGBT young people…. the so-called norm …. We don’t tolerate racist language and nor should we tolerate homophobia…..That’s why we’ve introduced a £2 million fund to help schools prevent and combat homophobia.(resistance and opposition to the gay agenda)” [3]

    Peter Tatchell also served notice on the British people, during World Pride 2012, by saying,

    “There are no borders or boundaries when it comes to Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender human rights. No nationality, no culture, no belief system can stand in the way of the historic quest for LGBT freedom (domination).”[4]

    Mark Wong, I fear that this brave Muslim lady is an anomaly; Islamists also claim that there are no borders or boundaries when it comes to Islam. No nationality, no culture, no belief system can stand in the way of the historic quest for Islamic domination of the World. The gays and Muslims are working in concert to rid the planet of Christians. [5]
    [1] http://www.lynnefeatherstone.org/2011/01/home-office-tops-stonewall-workplace-equality-index-2011.htm
    [2] http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/03/20/speech-british-home-secretary-promises-progress-on-full-gay-marriage-equality/
    [3] http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/10/29/nicky-morgan-jo-swinson-our-plan-to-eliminate-homophobia-in-schools/
    [4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWsac1Z23dM
    [5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBtct-z9JS8

    David Skinner UK

  • The end of Winston Churchill’s Munich speech made in 1938 speaks to us clearly as when he made it almost eight decades ago:

    ‘They should know that there has been gross neglect and deficiency in our defences; they should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road; they should know that we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged, and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies:

    “Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.”

    And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.’

    David Skinner UK

  • Does anyone know of global petition for Kim Davis? Mike Huckabee’s petition is limited to US citizens.

    David Skinner UK

  • Thanks David. Non-Americans have already voted on it, so it can be done.

  • I agree David, the UK government has indeed come a long way…..downwards to the abyss, that is. I am only thankful that God has not kept me in the workplace because I would for certain have been ejected by now. My husband says he receives LGBT stuff daily from his employer, via email….support gay this, gay that, it is non-stop.
    I’m disgusted at what the UK has become and even more disgusted at how indifferent many Brits have been towards these events. It seems fitting somehow that we are now being invaded by great waves of illegal immigrants, aided and abetted by the loony Left; divine punishment perhaps, on Europe as well as us? The sooner we have that almighty dust-up and boot out all the treacherous political gaggle and their gay friends, the better.

  • So tell me that no Christian in America will be registering their marriage? That no pastor or priest will be certifying marriages. Do they have celebrants in America? If they do I hope every one who is a Christian asks to be removed from their qualifications.
    Out of curiosity what are the big churches and televangelists saying about this?

  • Dear Bill,

    Thank you for your article on this brave lady. No one wants to go to jail and no one should HAVE to go to jail for following their conscience. The MSM took great delight in informing the public that she had been married three times.At least they were all men she married. Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times to seven different men. The point is no matter what your views are on divorce no one could say these women didn’t believe in heterosexual marriage.

  • @Patricia
    One other thing most of that media missed. Kim’s multiple marriages and divorces occurred before she became a Christian.

  • I think this petition is better for non-Americans to sign:
    http://www.citizengo.org/en/29014-free-kim-davis-stop-judicial-tyranny

  • Dear Bill,

    Re David Skinner’s query: I live in Australia and have just signed a petition re Kim Davis on the CitzenGo website.
    Try Googling CitizenGo, then click on CAMPAIGNS and you should find the Kim Davis petition.

    Brian Pratt

  • Mrs Davis, when it comes to marital history, reminded me somewhat of the woman Jesus meets at the well outside Sychar in Samaria in John’s Gospel chapter 4 – A changed life is a powerful evidence of the reality of the message of our Lord Jesus.

  • Thank you for reminding us of that John.

    Please sign these petitions and any others you can find in support of Kim Davis, a Kentucky County Court Clerk who has been given one year prison sentence for refusing to issue marriage certificates to queers and other degenerates.

    i) http://freedavis.com/?utm_source=vervemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fr-2015-09-04&utm_content=petitionlink1&ref=EB150904NANT

    ii) http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/excuse-rowan-county-of-issuing-marriage-licenses.html

    iii) https://actright.com/petition/177

    iv) http://www.mikehuckabee.com/freekimdavis

    David Skinner UK

  • Martin Luther King Jr certainly knew who the real enemy was, not those who are trying to spread the homosexual cause but those who are apathetic and just care about their own means, even if they can’t see that they are supporting a cause that will ultimately undermine their values and they will have to make a stand, but by that time it will be too late for them.

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