Friday, October 2, 2015

NOM sticking to the script regarding Pope Francis meeting Kim Davis


National Organization for Marriage has sent out an email to supporters from its head Brian Brown titled “Pope Stands Strong For Marriage and Religious Liberty.” This includes:
It was recently revealed that Pope Francis met privately in Washington with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to sacrifice her conscience and authorize same-sex 'marriages' that violate her deeply held religious beliefs. As you know, NOM has helped lead efforts to support Kim during this difficult time, generating substantial public support and even raising money to help her family handle any added expenses they may have incurred. Pope Francis thanked Ms. Davis for her courageous stand and encouraged her to continue to "stay strong" in the face of adversity.
NOM cites a September 30 story from the NY Times to support its version of a private meeting. Yet, according to Vatican spokesman Frederico Lombardi:
The pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis, and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects. Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.
The statement implies that the Pope did not meet with Davis privately. However, a specific statement to that effect is not part of Lombardi's prepared remarks. What we do know is that the Vatican does not want people to think that the Pope supports Davis' illegal activities in defiance of a court order.

Getting back to NOM, they didn't help to “lead” any efforts whatsoever. I never understood NOM raising money for Davis in the first place. Her legal representation is free and she is still receiving her paycheck. Apparently others reached the same conclusion because NOM only raised $7,528 from 173 donors. As for Davis, she wasn't jailed for refusing to authorize same-sex marriages. She was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to allow others in her office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her excuse is that the forms have her name pre-printed on them which means that she is approving of same-sex marriage.

Aside from the fact that her excuse is ridiculous, legal filings on her behalf by Liberty Counsel indicate a desire to remove the function from her office entirely. She now has her office improperly changing the paperwork and motion has been filed to either compel her compliance or put the clerk's office into receivership. Her pathology suggests that Kim Davis wants to go back to jail.

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