Earlier today we saw this piece in the Dallas Morning News that observed how Sen. Ted Cruz had taken a more measured tone than his Republican presidential rivals on the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk still refusing to obey the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
But that was before Davis was held in contempt and jailed by a federal judge this morning. And now Cruz seems to be madder than his dad Rafael Cruz always seems to be. Cruz’s statement following the contempt finding:
Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.
No, Sen. Cruz, Davis was held in contempt and jailed not for her faith, but for her refusal to obey multiple court orders telling her to do, you know, the job she’s collecting a paycheck to do. A paycheck, by the way, that doesn’t bounce thanks to the taxes paid by some of the same people Davis is discriminating against.
But anyway, Cruz continued:
Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in pubic office, they must disregard their religious faith–or be sent to jail.
Actually, there are many, many county clerks who are Christian in Cruz’s home state of Texas, in Kentucky and in the other 48 states, who are complying with court rulings on marriage. There was, for example, the Denton County clerk who said she doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage, but that she still has a job to do and an oath to serve everyone to uphold.
It’s this simple, Sen. Cruz: None of us gets to pick and choose which one of our job duties we’d like to do. We either have to do what the job requires us to do or find another job. If Davis, or any other county clerk, can’t perform their job duties, well, you know the answer.
You can read Cruz’s full statement on Davis here.