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The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage (aka gay
marriage) across the U.S. in its ruling of The Obergefell v. Hodges
case from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, & Tennessee.

Part 64:
2015-September:
Group erects billboard critical of Clerk Davis.
Kim Davis is to receive prestigious award.
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We use the term "gay marriage."to represent the marriage of two persons of
the same sex. We prefer "Same-sex marriage," a more inclusive term that
includes spouses with a bisexual sexual orientation, but it would make this web
site harder to find because most search engines cannot handle synonyms.
"LGBT" refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons and transsexuals.
"LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.

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2014-SEP-14: Non-profit group pokes fun at what they feel is Kim Davis' selective interpretation of the Bible:

Planting Peace is a humanitarian group who became involved in the Rowan County KY conflict. They describe themselves as:

"... a global nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world. Our projects focus primarily on humanitarian aid and environmental initiatives, including our multi-national deworming campaign, Equality House LGBTQ rights advocacy, a network of orphanages and safe havens, and conservation effort in the rainforests of Peru."

They paid to have a billboard erected in Morehead, KY which is located very close to the geographical center of Rowan County. Its message appears to have been derived from a verse in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament): Exodus 21:7. In the New Living Translation of the Bible, the original Hebrew is translated:

"When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.

This is their billboard:

Planting Peace billboard

The English word "slave" is an accurate translation of the original Hebrew word which describes a person who is owned as a piece of property by another person. However many versions of the Bible soften its meaning with the less accurate word "servant," which can imply the voluntary employment of a butler or maid.

The Bible gave ancient Hebrew fathers the authority to sell their children into human slavery. However, girls and boys were treated differently. Male slaves automatically regained their freedom after six years; females remained trapped in slavery for the rest of their lives.

The group issued a statement saying that:

"The anti-LGBTQ movement is comprised of a substantial number of zealots who unfailingly refer to their rigid interpretation of religious text to narrowly define 'traditional' institutions and values. They pick and choose what they wish to convey as immoral and unacceptable, while seemingly sweeping lines of scripture just a few letters away completely under the rug."

The "three goats and a cow" appear to be an estimate made by Planting Peace as the selling price of a child. It seems cheap for the value of a human being. A reader of The Blaze who uses the amusing pseudonym "Eastinfection" posted a comment:

"Three goats and a cow sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Tell ya what. Throw in a few pounds of bacon, and we’ve got a deal." 1,2

The billboard is not expected to convince many conservative Christians. They generally believe that most of the 613 commands about which God inspired the authors of the Hebrew Scriptures to write no longer apply to Christians. However, they selectively believe that the Ten Commandments and prohibitions against same-gender sexual behavior are still valid.

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2014-SEP-14: The Family Research Council's (FRC) annual "Cost of Discipleship" award:

The Family Research Council (FRC) issues an annual "Cost of Discipleship" award to honor Christians who have suffered greatly for their faith. 3

Their first award was issued in 2014 to Mariam Ibraheem of Sudan, She had been sentenced to death for committing both apostasy and adultery! She was born to a Muslim father, and thus was automatically considered Muslim. But she was raised by her Christian single-parent mother and has known only Christianity as long as she can remember. Still, conversion from Islam to any other religion at any age is considered apostasy in that country, and is a capital crime punishable by hanging.

Also in Sudan and many other predominately Muslim countries, a Muslim woman may not marry a non-Muslim man. She married a Roman Catholic American man. Under Islamic teaching, that put her, as a Muslim, under the near-absolute control of a non-Muslim husband. That is not allowed; her marriage was thus considered invalid. At the time of her arrest, she had given birth to a son and was pregnant with a daughter. Considered a single woman by the government, she was assessed as having committed adultery multiple times.

She was sentenced to be executed. She, and her toddler son, were imprisoned for months under dreadful conditions in what the FRC calls "a notoriously rank Sudanese prison." According to Fox News, she was shackled to the floor in the prison. However, other news sources say she was shackled to a bed. She later gave birth to a daughter in prison under horrendous conditions. International pressure resulted in her release. She and her family are now safely in the U.S. and enjoying religious freedom. Most people would agree that she suffered greatly for her faith, and definately deserves the award. 4

The Family Research Council announced that their second "Cost of Discipleship" award will be given to Kim Davis, clerk of Rowan County, KY. As noted in previous essays in this section, she violated:

  • her oath of office,
  • the Golden Rule,
  • Jesus' instructions about how people should treat each other,
  • the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, and
  • an order of the District Court of Eastern Kentucky.

by refusing to issue marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples.

She based this decision on her interpretation of the somewhat ambiguous "clobber passages" in the Bible that have often been used to condemn all same-gender sexual behavior by conservative Christians. The same passages have often been interpreted by liberal Christians and secularists as condemning rape, temple prostitution, child sexual molestation, bestiality, etc.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Planting Peace's" web site home page is at: http://www.plantingpeace.org/
  2. Billy Hallowell "Gay Rights Group’s Billboard Message Purportedly Uses ‘Bible Scripture’ Against Defiant Kentucky Clerk — but Which Verse Is It?,"http://www.theblaze.com/
  3. "Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis to Be Honored at Values Voter Summit," Family Research Council, 2015-SEP-14, at: http://www.frc.org/
  4. "Exclusive: Mariam Ibraheem opens up about harrowing ordeal on 'The Kelly File'," Fox News, 2014-SEP-16, at: http://www.foxnews.com/
  5. Claire Galofaro, "Court again denies Kim Davis' bid to delay marriage licenses," MSN, 2015-SEP-16, at: http://www.msn.com/
  6. Tierney Sneed, "Appeals Court Bats Down Another Anti-Gay Marriage Motion By Kim Davis," Talking Points Memo, 2015-SEP-15, at: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/
  7. Wilson Dizzard, "Oath Keepers armed group offers to protect Kim Davis from arrest," Aljazeera America, 2015-SEP-1, at: http://america.aljazeera.com/

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