The clerk of Rowan County, Ky., who says her Christian beliefs prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is the modern-day moral equivalent of antislavery and anti-Nazi crusaders, says religious right commentator Bryan Fischer.
“What would we think today of a clerk in her position, and this is a clerk that controls entrance in and out of the town of Auschwitz, let’s say?” Fischer said on his American Family Radio program Tuesday. “There’s this boxcar that pulls up and she knows that there are Jews in the boxcar that are headed to the gas chambers, and yet she has to sign a certificate allowing this train to proceed through Auschwitz to get to the destination on the other side of town. Now, the law says you have got to do it. ... What would we think of her if she said, ‘No, I’m not going to sign that certificate'? I think we would regard her today as a hero for honoring her conscience when it came to an important issue.”
He went on to compare Davis to people in pre–Civil War Americans who refused to return fugitive slaves to their masters: “What would we think if we had a lower court judge, a magistrate, let’s say, in Wisconsin, who said, ‘I’m not going to sign that warrant. You want me to sign a warrant to go kidnap or capture a fugitive slave and return him to slavery? I’m not going to do it even though the Supreme Court says that that Negro has no rights.’ I think that we would regard that guy today as a hero, and that’s how I look at Kim Davis.”
Fischer isn’t the only antigay activist who considers Davis a hero and martyr. Right Wing Watch notes several other examples, such as evangelist Franklin Graham, who wrote a Facebook post praising her for “standing up against the evil being forced on us,” and National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown, who in a fundraising appeal called Davis “the latest victim of gay intolerance and government discrimination and persecution of marriage supporters.” And low-polling Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee issued a statement today applauding her for not bowing to “the false God of judicial supremacy.”
Take a look at Right Wing Watch’s clip of Fischer below.