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The Profits Of Martyrdom

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America always roots for the underdog, but what about someone who knows that being the underdog (or supporting one) can be profitable? Yes, America still supports them. At least Right-wing Christianity supports them. They call them "martyrs" while the rest of the country calls them something else: opportunists.

The latest martyr to come down the pike is Rowan County (KY) Clerk Kim Davis.

Salon put it best:

It's a narrative so familiar by now that we can all recite the script. As Sarah Thyre laid it out Thursday: "1. Jail 2. Book deal/Fox News guest 3. jillion dollar @gofundme page w/donations from fellow bigots." And with the developments this week in the case of Kim Davis, who was indeed jailed not for being a Christian but being in contempt of court, many presumed that this was the jackpot the $80,000-a-year-earning Kentucky county clerk was headed toward.
But not so fast, partner.

The news went out on Friday that GoFundMe and other cloud-funding sites are refusing to have any part of Kim Davis' plight:

According to GoFundMe, refusal can be based on:

'Campaigns in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts.'
We are also informing users that GoFundMe reserves the right to share the content from a deleted campaign with law enforcement, donors or stated beneficiaries who wish to file a police report about any misuse of fundraising proceeds. The added language can be found below:
By using GoFundMe, Users are representing and warranting that all donations received are being given and being used solely for the purpose(s) stated within the content of the User's campaign. We reserve the right to provide information relating to your campaign with donors and beneficiaries of your campaign, and with law enforcement or to assist in any investigation.

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To date, Mrs. Davis is still appealing her stay in jail while telling folks (through her lawyer, Liberty Council's own Mat Staver) that she is doing well (see below). Mike Huckabee has gone on record with his support and his pledge to raise money for her defense.

Beyond The Martyr

A closer look the character of Kim Davis does not exactly reveal a person designed for martyrdom: the office of Clerk has been held in her family for over 40 years (her son is one of the deputy clerks); married four times, Davis became a born-again Christian only 4 years ago; she imposed her faith repeatedly on other office workers. Davis also stated that she knew family, friends and supporters would come through with funds.*


Davis is acting alone in her zealous mission. Her conduct has terrorized not just her staff but everyone that works in the courthouse. And all for a foolish mission aided by out of state charlatan lawyers trying to raise money for their "religious liberty" mission.

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Supporting that idea, a FOX News (!!) panel called Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel "ridiculously stupid." (see below).

Money Money Money

It's interesting that in the wake of the GoFundMe refusal, some people are still trying to raise money for Kim Davis' cause. Ironically, Liberty Counsel is operating pro bono and there was no fine. The money begs are not coming from God's Ambulance Chasers either. Opportunists lurk in the wings of this drama.

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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books €" Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...)

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