"I'm just a person that's been transformed by the grace of God, who wants to work, be with my family. I just want to serve my neighbors quietly without violating my conscience. Are we not big enough, a loving enough and a tolerant enough state to find a way to accommodate my deeply held religious convictions?"
-- Kim Davis, holed up in her office, not working, on her first day back from prison for intolerantly refusing to do her sworn job to provide marriage licenses to any couple, including same-sex, who are in love and want to get married, while insisting that if her signature wasn't on the license it wasn't legal, which actually it is.
I'm sorry, but there is just too much otherworldly irony in Ms. Davis's comments to not quote it. I was tempted not to, though, for fear of an irony overload which might crash the system, but I figured it was worth the risk.
I don't think much analysis is necessary. There is so much blatant, gobsmack, in-your-face irony here that either you get it instantly and every little bit as she prattles on, in which case nothing I say will add to it, or you don't get it at all, in which case nothing I say will matter.
I will just say that, happily, Kentucky is indeed a big enough, a loving enough and a tolerant enough state to accommodate Ms. Davis. That's why she was let out of prison.
The state is also big enough, loving enough and tolerant enough to have written into the law that a deputy clerk can sign marriage licenses if the county clerk is too intolerant to do his or her job sworn under oath to God.
Kentucky also has thoughtfully provided for state officials to resign if they break the oath they swore to God and are unwilling to do the jobs.
There's so much more to write, but some things are too just brain-dead easy and the time is better spent doing something else, like hitting yourself in the head with a spoon -- and besides, it's just to hard to write when you're laughing this much.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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