Wrongly Imprisoned Clerk Returns to Work

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Rowan County Kentucky clerk Kim Davis returned to work, read from a prepared,hand-written statement, to a throng of media, in the midst of lots of supporters who had gathered at 6:00 in the morning waiting for her to return to work.

Mat Staver: You know Matt, Kim is an amazing individual. She loves the Lord. She’s a new Christian of only 4 1/2 years, but she has advanced in her walk with the Lord more than most people that I have known that have been Christians for all of their lives. when she returned to work, she read from her hand-written statement, and I’ll read parts of it here. Lots of it was carried over and over and over again on national media. And all of it was carried live on all the networks.

And here’s part of what she said:

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And so I am here before you this morning with a seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans: my conscience or my freedom. My conscience or my ability to serve the people that I love. Obey God, or a directive that forces me to disobey God, even when there are reasonable accommodations available. I have thought and prayed very hard about what to do. the decision I have made in this case and the decisions I will continue to make are mine and mine alone. I don’t want to have this conflict. I don’t want to be in the spotlight.

And I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post. I am no hero. I am just a person that has been transformed by the grace of God who wants to work and be with my family. I just want to serve my neighbors quietly without violating my conscience. And so this morning I am forced to fashion a remedy that reconciles my conscience with Judge Bunning’s order effective immediately and until an accommodation is provided by those with the authority to provide it. Any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me. I want the whole world to know. Be no mistake about it., that if my deputy clerks, who do not have my authorization or authority, they don’t have the authority to issue any license whatsoever.

I love my deputy clerks, and I hate that they have been caught in the middle. If any of them feels they must issue an unauthorized to avoid being thrown in jail I understand their tough choice and I will take no action against them. However, any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title, or my authority. Instead the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order…

Matt Barber: Yea Mat, and in watching her statement, a couple of things struck me. First of all, the cognitive dissonance. If you were just an outsider looking in and you were following the media reports and reading things, all disinformation and misinformation…even the Mainstream Media it seems intentionally conflating things and providing disinformation…

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