Fox News Panel Amazingly Agrees That Kim Davis Should Do Her Job And That Her Lawyer Is Stupid (VIDEO)
In a rare showing, a Fox News panel agreed that Kim Davis should do her job and that her lawyer is “stupid” for representing her. Davis, a Kentucky government employee, has gained fame after she refused to hand out same-sex marriage licenses.
Fox is notoriously known for pushing the agenda of the Republican Party without much thought. In a recent panel on America’s Newsroom, host Gregg Jarrett was joined by lawyers Chip Merlin and Sharon Liko to discuss the high profile case.
The panel agreed that Davis is allowed to be religious, but that she cannot force others to believe in her religious beliefs and that she needs to accept that her government position requires her to accept certain limitations on her religious freedoms.
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In a shocking turn of events on Fox News, a panel and host UNANIMOUSLY agreed that Kim Davis should do her damn job and concluded that her attorney is an idiot.
It’s a moment of sanity that will surely anger Roger Ailes, but a Fox News host and his two guests actually did the right thing for once on Monday while discussing the jailing of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis.
Davis has been in jail for a week now after defying the Supreme Court by denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Citing “God’s authority” after losing at every level of the court system, Davis broke the law by refusing to do her job to obey it, which forced US District Judge David Bunning to find her in contempt of court. Her attorney, Mat Staver of the conservative anti-gay Liberty Counsel, filed an appeal in protest of his client’s incarceration.
During the Labor Day edition of America’s Newsroom, host Gregg Jarrett was joined by lawyers Chip Merlin and Sharon Liko to examine the case and none of the three were impressed.
After playing footage of Mike Huckabee telling Fox & Friends that it’s wrong to jail someone for “following their conscience” and that Davis followed the “only law in front of her” because the Supreme Court ruling somehow isn’t law, Jarrett, Merlin, and Liko pretty much destroyed him, Davis, and her attorney.
Jarrett said it seemed pretty “straightforward” to him. Davis lost her case. A federal judge told her to comply with the decision. She refused. So the judge threw her sorry ass behind bars. But Jarrett wanted to know if Davis had a chance in hell of winning her appeal.
Chip Merlin replied that her chances were slim to none because if a judge tells you to do something, you better do it or face the consequences. In other words, Davis should have done her job and she is now paying the price for refusing to do so. Merlin continued by saying that we can’t “pick and choose” what laws to follow because that would cause chaos to ensue.
Jarrett pointed out that Davis can believe whatever she wants, she just can’t force it upon others and use her beliefs to deny service to people.
“She can still practice her faith. Just not on the job in a way that interferes with the legal rights of the citizens she serves. And in fact, the U.S. Supreme Court said so nine years ago.”
Jarrett went on to directly quote a Supreme Court ruling from nine years ago in which the Justices wrote:
“When a citizen enters government service, the citizen by necessity must accept certain limitations on his or her freedom.”
He then turned to Liko and asked for her opinion.
“She’s a hypocrite,” Liko declared. “She’s applying for the job of a martyr. She wants to practice her faith by not issuing marriage licenses. Yet, she will not agree to let the deputy county clerks issue marriage licenses even if it’s okay with their faith.”
Liko concluded that Davis must resign if she can’t do her job. Chip Merlin added that as an elected official, Davis is obligated to uphold the constitutional rights of everyone who goes to her office for government services.
Jarrett then played part of what Davis’ attorney Mat Staver said on Fox News when he tried to justify her refusal to obey the Supreme Court by saying that Davis also swore to uphold the Kentucky Constitution, which up until the Surpreme Court ruling in June contained an amendment banning same-sex marriage, arguing that because the Kentucky amendment came first, she is obligated to follow that defunct law instead. He also claimed that the Supreme Court has no authority to strike down laws, which seriously makes one wonder how Staver managed to pass the bar.
Of course, Jarrett and his guests were completely flabbergasted by Staver’s claims.
“Whether the Supreme Court has constitutional authority?” Jarrett said before informing Staver of what the Constitution says about Supreme Court power. “Article III Section 2 of the Constitution gives the Supreme Court constitutional authority to decide constitutional issues!”
Jarrett simply couldn’t believe that a so-called lawyer would be so “stunningly obtuse” and asked Liko if that’s an appropriate way to describe his statement.
“That’s a very polite way of putting it. I would say it’s just a ridiculously stupid statement. The Supreme Court does just that, and they determine constitutionality issues, they resolve these kinds of disputes. This woman has a choice, she can either follow the law — she can do her job — or she can get out.”
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