Kim Davis was carted off to a jail cell yesterday after being found in contempt of court for repeatedly refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite multiple court orders that she obey the U.S. constitution. However, Canadian/2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz fired off a statement defending the antigay Christian martyr and calling for “every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis.”
“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny,” Cruz’s statement begins, speaking of the Republican federal court judge appointed by former President George W. Bush. “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.”
We get it. Cruz is playing to the GOP base. But then he goes off on an incoherent tangent about things completely unrelated to Davis’ case, including President Obama, the Affordable Care Act, illegal immigration, welfare reform. Even Ed Lee, the Asian-American mayor of San Francisco considered solidly pro-business, somehow comes up in the Cruz crosshair.
“I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to chose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court decision,” Cruz babbles. And here we thought it was a Republican judge who jailed Davis, based on a decision by the conservative majority Supreme Court.
He goes on to say that anyone who believes Davis should resign from her job is guilty of “defending a hypocritical standard” not to mention anti-Christian.
“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?” Cruz asks. “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?”
“Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office,” Cruz continues. “Or, if Christians do serve in pubic office, they must disregard their religious faith–or be sent to jail.” Um, well, President Obama is Christian, and Cruz is insisting he resign.
“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,” Cruz concludes. “I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now.”
h/t: Talking Points Memo