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In a promotional video for Christian bigot Kim Davisnew book, all about how she refused to grant legal marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, Governor Matt Bevin praised her activism, calling her an “inspiration” to children and public servants everywhere.

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“Against all the scorn, all the enmity, all the vitriol, all the nastiness, she stood firm,” Bevin said. “I think Kim Davis is without question an inspiration, not only to leaders like myself — people in the public arena and those outside the public arena — but to my children, the children of America. People, even if they disagree with her, have got to respect the fact that here is a woman who was willing to put it all on the line out of conviction for what she believed and knew to be her right as an American citizen. And her faith and her conviction in the fact that that faith was protected by the First Amendment in our Constitution — in our Bill of Rights, specifically — is something that she was willing to put front and center, and if that’s not admirable, if that’s not something we would want all Americans to emulate, I don’t know what is.”

The governor of Kentucky thinks being a human speed bump on the road to civil rights is inspirational.

That’s bad enough, but the same video ends with a reworked version of the famous poem by Martin Niemöller that begins “First they came for the Socialists…” Because Kim Davis is practically fighting the Nazis.

If you’re keeping score, the Religious Right thinks football players kneeling to raise awareness of police brutality are traitors. But a Kentucky county clerk who refuses to do her job because she thinks some residents are biblical abominations is a hero.

No wonder Christianity is a joke to a growing percentage of Americans.

(via Right Wing Watch)

Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.

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