For John, BLUF: If you wish to take offense, you will. Nothing to see here; just move along.
I was dubious about this report when I first say it, even though it was in The Old Gray Lady. "Kim Davis, Kentucky Clerk, Is Said to Have Met Pope". Bless her little heart.
Over at the Althouse Blog CWJ commented:
I believe this and the visit to the little sisters of the poor, both happening in Washington, were the Vatican's response to the White House's gay bishop, etc. guest list. The Vatican has practised politics for centuries longer than Chicago has even been in existence. Amateurs should not go up against professionals.The strange part, for me, is that Ms Davis is a Protestant Pentecostal and not a Roman Catholic. Why did she tag up with the Pope?
The thing is, we have to have a little space for people. For the Franz Jägerstätters of the world.
Sure, Ms Davis should be removed from her official position, legally, with all due process, but we should acknowledge that she is doing what she is doing as a matter of conscience. You may think she is a bigot, but unless you believe that culture is on a path to perfection, you will, privately, acknowledge that 100 or 200 years from now her view might be back in fashion. I am not saying it should be, but it might be.♠
UPDATE: Typos :-(
Regards — Cliff
♠ After all, slavery still exists in this world. We hide from that fact, but that doesn't make it any less true. We are lucky to live in a nation that thinks we should expand freedom of individual action. We shouldn't become rigid about who is in and who is out of the circle.