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Westboro Baptists, Mormon leader criticize Kim Davis

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

TOPEKA, Kansas, October 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – It's said that Christians hate the sin but love the sinner. Not so for Westboro Baptist Church, known for its fierce condemnation of people. Now the infamous clique is turning on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her Christian convictions and was thrown in jail for a week. She later allowed her subordinates to sign licenses, but she modified the forms, removing all mention of her name or her office.

Calling Davis "a fake Christian" because she has been married to three men, the Westboro Baptists released a statement saying, "Kim claims that she has lived in proud sin for many years, divorcing and remarrying, not one time or two times, in fact you need a score card to keep track."                    

The personal attack continued: "Her lawyers, being smooth talking fellows say that all that was before her call to salvation two years ago when her current mother-in-law died.  Nice, tidy, clever, but no cigar!"

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Four members of the group protested outside Davis's offices, holding signs reading, "God Hates Proud Sinners," "Kim Davis Caused Fag Marriage," "God Hates Adultery," "God Hates Lukewarm Christians," and, "God Hates Fags." Other Westboro Baptists have protested outside Louisville churches.

In fact, the infamous group says Davis should issue the licenses as an agent of God's judgment upon America. "The Supreme Court, in the providence of God, and for the punishment of this nation, has declared that same-sex marriage IS the law of Doomed USA. So DO IT!!" Westboro Baptists said. 

Apparently, Westboro Baptists believe that God wants to condemn America to a gay-filled Hell: "You [America] asked for it, you begged for it by your disobedience and refusal to receive correction or instruction, so take it and like it!"

"This woman wants to say that her sin isn't as grievous as the same-sex marriage sin," Shirley Phelps-Roper, a former spokeswoman for the Westboro Baptists, explained. "But her sin (of adultery and divorce) enabled that sin (of homosexuality).  When you look up, and all the Christians have given over the moral high ground, what voice do they have left?"

A prominent Mormon leader is also criticizing Davis. Apostle Dallin H. Oaks told a Sacramento, California audience that Davis is wrong to use her Christian faith as justification for refusing to issue gay licenses.

In a speech titled "The Boundary Between Church and State," Oaks said public officials "are not free to apply personal convictions – religious or other – in place of the defined responsibilities of their public offices."

Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court justice, stated, "Believers should ... acknowledge the validity of constitutional laws ... and submit to them."

Oaks said that church and state "should have a mutually supportive relationship" and that "both sides should seek a balance, not a total victory." Additionally, "[r]eligionists should not seek a veto over all nondiscrimination laws that offend their religion, and the proponents of nondiscrimination should not seek a veto over all assertions of religious freedom."

Davis's attorney, Mat Staver, responded to The Associated Press, saying, "Any attempt to punish a person for the exercise of conscience is sinful."

"Of all religious denominations the Mormon church should understand the importance of protecting religious freedom," Staver commented. "How sad the church officials have forgotten their history and the importance of protecting conscientious objectors."

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