Because Kim Davis in no way represents Republican values.
A county clerk in Kentucky who was briefly jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said on Friday that she and her family have switched to the Republican Party because the Democrats no longer represented them.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 50, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said they had changed parties last week. She was a long-time Democrat in eastern Kentucky.
"My husband and I had talked about it for quite a while and we came to the conclusion that the Democratic Party left us a long time ago, so why were we hanging on?" she told Reuters in an interview at a hotel in Washington, where she has traveled to be feted at a Family Research Council event later on Friday.
I'm hoping that we don't find out that this backwoods snake-handling, Constitution-hating hillbilly was recruited by GOP officials in Kentucky. I have no interest in this lawless Democrat become the face of my party, any more than I want to see Donald Trump in that role..
Why is it that these parents remind me of the mother who had her child pulled from my class after I taught a lesson on evolution?
Middle school parents in Tennessee are up in arms on learning that their children were instructed to recite and write, “Allah is the only god,” as part of a world history project.
In the Maury County School District, students were assigned a Five Pillars of Islam project that included the translation of the pillar of “Shahada” as being, “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is his prophet.”
Joy Ellis, the mother of a seventh-grader at Spring Hill Middle School, said that Christian children should not be instructed to write the Shahada.
“This is a seventh grade state standard, and will be on the TCAP,” Ellis said. “I didn’t have a problem with the history of Islam being taught, but to go so far as to make my child write the Shahada, is unacceptable.”
From what I can see of the assignment, it is a foldable made out of three papers, folded into a booklet. There is a cover labeled “Five Pillars of Islam”, and five tabs with the name of each of the Pillars. The student then writes an explanation of that aspect of Islam – one of which, the Shahada, is the profession of faith that “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is his prophet.” In this context it is clear that far from being a tool of proselytism, this is a tool to help students remember five key components of the Islamic faith that are being taught in the unit. I teach the same information in my World Geography class, only using different format – and I do expect my students to know those same words. The only difference is that I teach it as a part of a unit on world religions rather than as a part of a stand-alone unit on Islam.
By the way, let me offer you one sure way of knowing that an opponent of Common Core does not know what they are talking about – when they start discussing “Common Core standards” for social studies, they are making stuff up. There are no social studies standards for social studies.
She's already looking to once again impose her religion on the taxpayers of Rowan County, Kentucky and on her subordinates, in violation of the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, her oath of office, and the order of a federal court.
A Kentucky county clerk who was recently jailed for denying same-sex couples marriage licenses filed an appeal Friday that asks for another delay in issuing the licenses.
Attorneys for Kim Davis, who objects to gay marriage on religious grounds, argued in their motion to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that all the same-sex couples who sued Davis for a license received one from her deputies while she was in jail. Therefore, they said, her office should not be required to issue them to any more couples once she returns to work.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning wrote that his mandate to issue licenses applied to all couples, not only those who filed suit.
Frankly, Bunning should have ordered her held until she resigned her office or agreed to follow the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, her oath of office, and his court order. His act of mercy in releasing her one of those two things simply because her subordinates were able to do their jobs while she was not present was clearly an error.
As I began my sabbatical from blogging last month, I resigned my seat on the Watcher’s Council. As an emeritus member of the group, I do still have the option of participating in the weekly Forum in which the members of the Council and various guests take on a weekly question. This week the topic was Kim Davis and whether she is engaged in bigotry or civil disobedience. My answer is below.
ADDENDUM: Since I wrote those last words over lunch today, Kim Davis has been released from jail. For all that she and her supporters wish to claim victory, the truth is that Kim Davis lost her battle with Judge Bunning.
And if Kim Davis abides by the new order, she in effect concedes that she was in the wrong last week and that her jailing for contempt was proper.
Personally, I'm hoping the local US Attorney will seek to indict her for violating Title 18, Section 242 of the United States Code, which reads as follows:
Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. . . shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both....
After all, Davis is clearly guilty of having done precisely that.
If there’s one thing that is constant about being a teacher, it is that you never quit being your students’ teacher. I mean, several former students have made that transition to colleague yet from time to time find themselves relating to me the same way they did when they were in my classroom. One of my former students took a job as a nurse in the office of one of my wife’s doctors and initially had trouble getting used to the idea that I looked to her as the expert rather than the other way around. There are advantages, no doubt, to that connection, too – I almost invariably get better treatment than I have any right to expect when I go to a restaurant or store and get assistance from one of my former students. And in recent years there are the special ones who reach out and with a friend request on Facebook after they graduate, seeking to keep the relationship we developed in the classroom alive even after they have moved on to “real life”.
It was one of this last group, a girl who I adored as a sweet ninth grader and then got to watch grow into a bright and confident young lady before she graduated a couple of years back, who sent me the following message Labor Day morning. She was full of questions at 14, and still has plenty to ask as she tries to become an informed adult in today’s rather confusing political climate
Hey, can we talk political? And I don't really mean in a debate, I just really don't know who is good to vote for. Trump is insane. Sanders is popular with my generation but he supports a lot of things I don't, gun control, de- militarizing the police, liberal stuff like that I'm not on board for. And how is he gonna make so much stuff free? Tax the hell out of us. I don't really want that. I'm just wondering is there is a likely candidate who isn't out of their mind.
I've not had that happen ever before in my teaching career. That makes this phenomenon rather encouraging – but it also raises the question of whether or not we are reaching out to this generation. After all, so many of us who have been active in conservative/Republican politics these last 30 years cast our first presidential ballot for Ronald Reagan in 1984 or George Bush in 1988 – the last time the youth vote went for the Republican nominee. We have the potential to bring in the next generation of young conservatives – but that won’t happen if it means being Trump Republicans. And as all the research tells us, if young people vote for the same party in their first two or three elections, they will do generally do so for the rest of their lives. So not only is outreach important, but so is who we choose as our presidential candidate in 2016 -- because that choice will determine not only who wins in 2016, but also which party will have the advantage for the next couple decades.
I have to be honest with you, my readers about this one. I just got tired. Having suffered from a combination of writers block and a decline in quality, I realized I needed to stop insisting upon demanding daily output for the blog. That didn’t help – and then life intervened. Paula became seriously ill, I became physically and emotionally exhausted, and I realized that I needed to work on other matters in my life (both personal and professional). I decided to drop blogging for as long as necessary – and return to it on a less rigorous schedule only when I felt it was time.
Well, I’m back – sort of. I will be writing, but not every day. I’m not going to take on every issue or every story. Hopefully that is going to make this a better blog than what it was before the Great Hiatus.