Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis was sprung from jail on Tuesday by the same judge that put her there in the first place.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning decided to release her after saying he was satisfied that her deputies were issuing licenses to homosexual couples while she was locked up.
Then he warned her not to interfere with her underlings’ working behind her back or he would toss her into jail again.
After Bunning jailed Davis for exercising her right of religious conscience, he was able to shake down her deputies and get all of them except her own son to bend over and do as he ordered by issuing homosexual “marriage” licenses.
Davis was greeted by her husband, Gov. Mike Huckabee and hundreds of other supporters as she left the jail. Although she had tears in her eyes as she left, she smiled and nodded when asked by a reporter if standing up for her beliefs had been worth it.
Her lawyer, Mat Staver, refused to say whether Davis would now obey Bunning’s order to not interfere in her own office’s work. He said, “Kim Davis cannot and will not violate her conscience.”
Davis herself was upbeat and encouraging toward her supporters. “I love you all so much,” she said. “I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied and you are strong people. We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and everyone of us is at. Just keep on pressing. Don’t let down. Because he is here and he’s worthy. I love you guys. Thank you so much.”
So let’s see here. Bunning jails Davis on last Thursday and proceeds to intimidate her deputies, who roll over except for one.
The very next day, they begin issuing licenses for sodomy-based marriage as Bunning ordered.
Instead of releasing Davis on the spot, he lets her stew until Tuesday, and even then, she doesn’t get out until late afternoon. Bunning declares he is pleased that he was able to force the Rowan County Clerk office to violate state law and expects Davis will have nothing to do with the process.
So in other words, Bunning could have on Thursday ordered Rowan County to make a reasonable accommodation for Davis’ beliefs that would keep her out of the process and still issued homosexual “marriage” licenses.
To put this in terms everyone who ever attended public school can understand, Bunning was less interested in solving a problem in a way that would have respected everyone’s rights and more concerned with just shaking down the Christian for her lunch money, to make her say uncle.
When that didn’t work, he stuffed her in a trash can just to prove how tough he is and proceeded to bully her co-workers, who coughed up the goods. Then he left her in the trash can just because he could.
There are words for people like Bunning, none of them flattering.
Davis is expected to return to work today. Stay tuned.