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‘Stay strong’, Pope tells Kim Davis

‘Stay strong’, Pope tells Kim Davis

‘Persecuted’ Christian Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has gained a new fan: Pope Francis.

According to Davis’s attorney, Mat Staver, Davis – currently the religious right’s highest profile poster girl – managed to engineer a meeting with the pontiff when he visited the America.

Staver said the two met briefly last Thursday, September 24, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC.

Staver said Pope Francis spoke to Davis in English and asked her to pray for him. He said Davis, in return, asked the Pope to pray for her. The Pope told her to stay strong, according to the lawyer.

Staver said the Pope also gave Kim and her husband rosaries he had blessed.

Photos of the meeting are in the possession of the Vatican, according to Staver.

Father Ciro Benedettini of the Holy See Press Office said:

The Vatican does not confirm nor deny this.

While on the flight home from his visit to America, Francis was asked about Davis’ case.

Francis said he didn’t know the case in detail, but he upheld conscientious objection as a human right.

It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.

Meanwhile it’s reported here that Davis has switched her allegiance to the Republicans, having decided that the Democrats had thrown her under a bus.

21 responses to “‘Stay strong’, Pope tells Kim Davis”

  1. So What! says:

    Well we all know that the pope is the head of an organised crime syndicate and now he has proven the adage ‘As thick as thieves’.

  2. So What! says:

    And does he support the rights of dissenters in the rcc to be conscientious objectors against celibacy of priests, men only priest and cardinals, the wealth of the vatican, harbouring child rapists in the vatican, denial of abortion and countless other outrages.

  3. Stephen Mynett says:

    How much truth is there to this, the fact that Mad Frankie, by his own admission, is poor at English and rarely uses it suggests another publicity stunt by the odious Davis.

    A bit about Mad Frankie’s languages: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-and-english-as-a-second-or-third-language/

  4. L.Long says:

    The RCC one of the strongest groups that hate non-rich people getting divorces, is OK with that in this case cuz she hates the gayz!!!
    A bigoted hypocrite is always a bigoted ahole! I do not understand the love-fests this ahole gets!

  5. barriejohn says:

    Stephen Mynett: It would appear that, broken English aside, The Holy Farter did utter words that might be seen as encouragement for people like Kim.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/pope-francis-visits-america/pope-francis-i-understand-anger-catholic-church-sex-abuse-victims-n434681

    (Ignore the strap-line, as it is erroneous.)

    Pope Francis appeared to weigh in on the side of anti-gay-marriage clerk Kim Davis, saying government workers have a “human right” to refuse to carry out a duty if they have a “conscientious objection.”

    While returning from his visit to the U.S., the pontiff told reporters aboard the papal plane Monday that anyone who prevents others from exercising their religious freedom is denying them a human right.

    As @So What! says, that’s rich coming from the head of the Catholic Church!

  6. Broga says:

    Doesn’t she have a couple of marriages in her history. How does Frankie feel about those?

  7. Stuart H. says:

    So government workers have a “human right” to refuse to carry out a duty if they have a “conscientious objection”, do they?
    Shame he forgot to mention that to anyone in the Galtieri regime. Actually, considering how in bed the Argentinian Catholic Church was with those fascists when he led it, shame he didn’t take his own advice. Or is kidnapping and torturing political opponents a human right of the religious too? Must have missed that one when I was last browsing through the UNCHR.

  8. Newspaniard says:

    Kim should be sainted, it’s the only thing that will silence this publicity hungry bitch?.

  9. Har Davids says:

    Stuart H.,

    The UNCHR doesn’t mean anything if religion is your thing. God trumps all. And if government workers have a “conscientious objection” to do their job, they can always quit.

  10. AgentCormac says:

    The pope and Kim Davis – a union made in… well, you know, the place that doesn’t actually exist.

  11. Stephen Mynett says:

    OT but today is International Blasphemy Day, so here are a couple of old favourites favourite.

    Jesus walks into a hotel and throws some nails on the counter and says: “can you put me up for the night.”

    Mohammed goes into a shop and asks for a couple of Cindy dolls, the shopkeeper says: “So, you are having to pay for sex now.”

  12. Laura Roberts says:

    So according to Pope Orwell the Demented, it’s a basic right to deny someone else a basic right. Yep, sounds like religion to me…

  13. JohnMWhite says:

    The Pope is absolutely correct that it is a human right to be a conscientious objector and to refuse to carry out a duty that conflicts with your conscience.

    It is not a human right to keep your job after refusing to do it. Davis has not been press-ganged, she has not been drafted, she does not have a gun to her head while acting as a clerk. She has the right to exert her objection to her duties by resigning.

    The willful ignorance of all coming to Davis’ defence is alarming. I suppose that’s par for the course with religion, but the media and the political ruling class have allowed this issue to run and run until it appears to be some kind of complex moral quandry that the nation has to wrestle with for a long time. The answer is fucking obvious – she doesn’t want to do her job, she must resign. This is not a difficult one. This is not a delicate balance between the religious rights of a government employee and the civil rights of homosexual couples. The verdict is in and the answer is plain as day. Pretending otherwise is just sending yet another signal to the homosexual community that their rights aren’t quite the real McCoy.

  14. Barry Duke says:

    The New Yorker has this story too.

  15. dennis says:

    Exactly @JohnMWhite exactly.
    I just want to get a pair of scissors and cut her hair.

  16. Robster says:

    This Kim Davis is becoming a magnet for bigots.

  17. Laura Roberts says:

    Mr. Deity says it better than I could.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t51v1T9N6rw

  18. gilhcan says:

    In meeting with the religious quack Kim Davis, Pope Francis has lost my respect. It doesn’t matter which side arranged the meeting, it was as wrong as could be, and Francis knowingly violated our separation of religion and politics, church and state by agreeing to meet with this Know-Nothing.

    It was one thing to speak to the assembled Congress, it was quite another to sneak in a meeting with a public official who demonstrates repeatedly, as do her lawyers, that she has absolutely no understanding of our Constitution, our laws, our culture.

    Davis is not the only one to violate our separation of church and state, she, like so many, mostly Republicans, and now Pope Francis, do not understand that the freedom of religion gives one no right to use that freedom to violate our laws or the rights of others.

    Freedom of religion, developed out of a very, very long history of religious persecution and related crimes, also means that everyone is free from the religion of others.

    Marriage licenses in this country are a civil function, not a religious or church function. Kim Davis, and extremely sadly, Pope Francis, remain under the delusion that the concept of religious freedom is one-sided, that it allows anyone to force her or his religious beliefs on others. No way! Francis and Davis only proved they have a very inadequate understanding of religion and politics, church and state. Francis’ secret meeting with Davis undid any previously considered good from his performance as pope or his visit to this country.

  19. Stephen Mynett says:

    Seems Davis was not exactly telling the truth, although the Vatican are probaly telling a few porkies as well: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pope-kim-davis-encounter-vatican-1.3253690

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