KENTUCKY: Newspaper Slams Liberty Counsel’s “Losing Cause” In Support Of Renegade Clerk Kim Davis

The Lexington Herald Leader has published a BLISTERING editorial which attacks the finances and motives of the Liberty Counsel in their defense of renegade county clerk Kim Davis. An excerpt:

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has chosen to prolong her moment in the limelight by defying a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to legally qualifed people who apply for them. U.S. District Judge David Bunning kindly but firmly told Davis Wednesday that in our system her religious beliefs don’t trump the rights of the taxpayers who pay her almost $80,000 annual salary. Sharing Davis’ glow is Liberty Counsel, which describes itself as a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation related to “religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family,” funded by tax-deductible donations and grants. In 2012 those gifts reached just over $3.5 million and in 2013 topped $4.1 million, according to IRS filings.

The husband and wife team who founded and run Liberty Counsel, Anita and Matthew Staver, were paid $137,758 and $153,591, respectively, in 2013. The staff of five ran up $184,479 in travel expenses that year and spent $429,584 on conferences, conventions and meetings. Liberty Counsel paid one independent contractor over $600,000 for “email alert services,” and another almost $500,000 for printing and mail services. “Case costs,” were reported at $105,487. Liberty’s attorneys know they can’t win the case in Rowan County. Same-sex marriage is legal since the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision and it’s Davis’ job to issue marriage licenses. So, why is Liberty Counsel marching alongside Davis in this losing cause? It takes a lot to keep that marketing machine humming and those executives paid, and the only way to keep those donations coming is to stay in the news. For that purpose a losing cause is just as good as, perhaps better than, a winning one.

The piece concludes: “Davis can resign if she’s morally unable to issue the marriage licenses while the appeal is pending. Law-abiding, taxpaying Rowan County citizens have been denied their constitutional rights for almost two months while Davis has kept her job and Liberty has ginned up its marketing machine.”

BOOM! (Tipped by JMG reader John)

  • TommyTune

    Ouch! I’d say that newspaper effectively smacked down the Liberty Council while simultaneously exposing their dubious finances for all the world to see. Way to go, Lexington Herald Leader. Great job. Keep up the good work.

    • HadenoughBS

      Great editorial by my former hometown paper. I didn’t know they had that in them so I’m proud of their stance and exposure of the hypocrisy of both Kim Davis and the repulsive Liberty Counsel. What more does a rational person need to know about the Staver’s grifter machine?

      • Gene

        The overall mood, from what I gather talking to people back home, from one end of the state to the other is “this is over, WHY is she doing this?” Conservatives see it as a waste of time and money, and liberals are embarrassed.
        Lexington, and its paper, as well as Louisville, don’t have much use for this basackwards shit anymore. Its GREAT to see that it was this paper who pointed out the grifting crap of these people.

        • Chucktech

          Liberals hace nothing to be embarrassed about. Appalled? Sure, but not embarrassed.

      • Jeb

        My hometown, too. 🙂

        • Octavio

          My sincerest condolences.

          • Gene

            Octavio..where exactly do you live again?

          • Octavio

            Henderson, NV is on my drivers license. Buenos Aires is on my resident visa. You?

          • Robincho

            Isn’t Henderson known for its loose slots? With those taken, I guess Buenos Aires will have to be content with loose sluts…

          • Octavio

            Summerlin (a place no one knows about) is the land of loose slots. BsAs is known as Big Penis Central. Lot of Italian blood down here. 🙂

    • StraightGrandmother

      I had no idea they were milking so much money out of the org.

      Wow they sure pay themselves handsomely.
      I wonder if they are meeting IRS regulations though?
      I don’t know enough about IRS regulations to know one way or the other.

      • MDB

        The worship of money is really behind most of these fundie bigot’s agendas. Rapacious greed, avarice, nepotism, grifting, cheating, dishonesty, all supposedly in the name of Christ ??? Jesus has nothing at all to do with this absurdity. They are simply misusing “Christianity” as a means to an end.
        Follow the stench of the money !!!

        • It’s so rare to hear conservatives talk about “Mammon” these days. I remember hearing sermons about that when I was a teen. Not any more though. Now it’s all about how evil us GLBT people are…

          • GeoffreyPS

            Many have bought into the Prosperity Gospel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology). It is so much easier to treat the poor like crap when you know that it is their own fault because they don’t believe enough in God. If God wanted them to be rich he’d give them money. Why should they interfere with God’s plan. It’s the ultimate blending of fiscal conservatism and social conservatism. Disgusting.

          • CottonBlimp

            Back in the Dark Ages, they used to say that peasants wouldn’t even go to heaven; the angels wouldn’t collect their souls because of their smell.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Yep, that is the same reason that so many already well off folks win the powerball.

            God wills it.

          • Librarykid

            Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

          • D. J.

            Mammon is alive and well, all over the place on crazy GayHate Christianist channels available via YouTube.

          • cleos_mom

            It’s so rare to hear conservatives talk about “Mammon” these days.

            IMO that’s the context of the ritual wailing over materialism during the Christmas season. It distributes a heaping helping of that guilt that some theology insists must go along with every pleasure and gets it all out there in a matter of about 6 weeks. On December 26th, the concern over materialism gets put away on a shelf until next year.

            And people wonder why this scheduled sermonizing has no effect. Every December.

          • I haven’t even heard it around then.

        • Traxley Launderette

          Your post just reminded me of a weekly “news” feature I just read this morning. Religion pays handsomely indeed.

          http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/08/high-end_homes_big_house_on_gr.html#incart_river

          • David Walker

            Praise Jeebus! The Gay Hate industry continues its profitability. We need a way to grift the grifters. There’s a recent (gay, independent) movie called “Saugatuck Cures” in which two friends are inspired to use the ex-gay ministry to go from church to church, save the mos, and collect large sums of money for their efforts. Yeah, it’s a movie and, yeah, it’s fraud, but there’s a kernel of an idea in there somewhere. After all these years, I’d like to see some non-violent revenge enacted on these douchebags. The local level seems to be a good place to start because the heavy lifting has already been done.

          • Franciscan

            You could create a special tax on hate organizations. Permit the hate speech but tax the organizations’ profits. Redistribute the money to civil rights groups (including our own) and Planned Parenthood.

          • B Snow

            Max Adler! He had a very interesting character arc on “Glee”.

            I couldn’t find the movie at Netflix. Looks like the only place to see it is on Amazon?

          • David Walker

            I don’t know. It showed up in a recent donation to the LGBT Center’s DVD library. I’m supposed to watch everything that comes in, so that’s how I saw it. It may be possible to do an Inter-Library Loan through your local or district library system.

          • B Snow

            That’s very cool that they donated it!

          • David Walker

            I agree. We have just shy of 500 DVDs in the library. Three people have donated their collections. What we’re short on are lesbian films and films on African American/People of Color themes. They’re out there, it’s just that they weren’t what interested our (old white guy) contributors. I wish we could get a grant to purchase a zillion DVDs, which would get us better balance, but the Center understandably needs to pursue grants for the Center itself.

      • Bj Lincoln

        What gets me is the tax exemptions they get for being a ‘religious’ school where LC comes from. If ANY religious anything is pulling down millions, they don’t need tax exemptions.

        • Marc

          YES!

        • charemor

          Whatever happened to that “render unto Ceasar”?

      • Gustav2

        And one wonders who owns their contractors.

        • Bad Tom

          Family connections are a distinct possibility.

      • Jude Newton

        I read somewhere last week where Kim Davis was hired in January 2015. Pretty odd, eh? I wonder if there is any connection between Kim Davis and the Liberty Council prior to her being hired.

        • GreatLakeSailor

          Not to pick nits, but Davis was not hired, she was, gulp, elected.

          • barracks9

            Elected to fill the seat her mother had held. I wonder if her son, deputy clerk, actually reports to dear old mom, and if so, wouldn’t that be in violation of anti-nepotism policies (although I can imagine it’s tough to avoid nepotism in certain, ahem, circles).

          • Steverino

            If her son is also her brother, it would be a pretty sticky wicket. But if her son is also her cousin, she might be able to duck the nepotism challenge.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            The son is her lover and gonna be Mr. 5

          • D. J.

            Kim Davis was Deputy Clerk during her mother’s reign.
            For nearly 30 years.
            Kim BARELY won her election.
            She should be showing some appreciation, counting her lucky stars, graciously serving the public and NOT stirring up controversy.
            I imagine her retirement package is already in good shape.
            I wonder how things will go for her next election cycle?
            I hope they toss her special snowflake ass to the curb.

          • Jude Newton

            Thanks. I was trying to find the article I had read.

          • Jude Newton

            I just found the article I had read, yes it said she took office in January 2015. I misunderstood that as being hired not elected.

      • BobSF_94117

        I’m actually surprised their salaries are so low. I bet they get a cut of “expenses” as well.

    • Steverino

      Yes, that expose of what these hate-industry grifters are all about is epic. A keeper.

    • skeptical_inquirer

      I’m glad the “religious freedom” nonsense didn’t keep the newspaper from going after them.

    • JT

      It’s time to bring RICO to bear against the racket that is “Liberty Counsel”!

    • fuzzybits

      I was going to say the same thing. Lets thanks the newspaper for putting it out there.

  • TomF.

    Even the Gaystopo couldn’t have said it better! What a load of shit!

  • bkmn

    Slam and dunk!

  • Todd20036

    Miss. Freedom of Religion sure has no problem marrying Satanists, atheists, murders, adulterers, etc.

    Just the icky fags.

    But they love us

    • Rebecca Gardner

      She also has no problem defying Leviticus 20:10 in her own life with her multiple marriages.

      If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of
      his neighbor–both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to
      death.

      • Bad Tom

        She’s just following Pat Robertson’s advice: Leviticus doesn’t apply to us.*
        ——-
        * Christians. **
        ** Some restrictions apply: Our kind of Christian.

  • Lakeview Bob

    We already know that these people are grifters surviving off of the back of poor ignorant bigots. At least now they have been exposed to the public.

    • Reality.Bites

      The public that reads newspaper editorials in Lexington.

      • Tigernan Quinn

        Oh thank god you got here in time. We needed a wet blanket.

        • David L. Caster

          Well, RB does have a point. These facts about LC need to be spread much further and wider.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Said in the voice of Comic Book Guy, “Best editorial ever.”

  • oikos

    The Herald Leader hits the nail on the head:

    “It takes a lot to keep that marketing machine humming and those
    executives paid, and the only way to keep those donations coming is to
    stay in the news”

    • D. J.

      Since the Stavers live in the Orlando area, at least ONE Florida newspaper should have published an article like this one. Repeatedly.
      Maybe the Kentucky newspaper will take on the TrailUSA founder too. (John Stemberger) He is tight with the Stavers and lives in the Orlando area too.

      • Robincho

        Indeed, “Liberty” Counsel is more of a national thing. As for Davis,
        she merely puts the “common” back in Commonwealth…

  • Gerry Fisher

    Those numbers are really damning. Very good journalism!

  • oikos

    The county says her job is a state function, thus the state would be on the hook for damages. More incentive for the Governor and Legislature to can her.

    http://wfpl.org/rowan-county-denies-liability-county-clerks-actions-marriage-license-lawsuit/

  • MDB

    This wicked P.O.S. even has her fat-ass son working in “her” County Clerk office. Three generations of nepotism much ??? He also defied the judges order yesterday, saying that on the advice of Liberty Counsel they would not issue licenses. I sincerely hope they are all sued into absolute financial ruin.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Well her mother was the County Clerk before Kim Davis.
      She retired & Kim ran for her seat and just barley got elected.

      It is a family business, the Rowen County Clerks Office.

      • D. J.

        Davis is way overpaid. The median income in Rowan County is around $33K/yr. They should levy a personal fine against her and dock her pay daily for each day she has refused to do her entire job.

        • pj

          she should be held in contempt.

          • Ben in Oakland

            If it makes you feel better, I hold her in contempt.

          • pj

            that does make me feel better.

          • Bad Tom

            She is contemptible.

          • Schlukitz

            By her failure to obey a court order, she is already in contempt of court.

            http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Contempt+of+Court

            She just hasn’t been formally charged yet.

        • C Brian Devinney

          Her salary is fixed by the Commonwealth not the county.

          • D. J.

            The Commomwealth should dock her pay.

          • C Brian Devinney

            She’s trying to get the Commonwealths to pay her legal fees and fines.

          • D. J.

            I wish her luck with that. Bad luck, that is……

          • Schlukitz

            I was under the impression that Liberty Council is defending her pro bono?

    • Joe in PA

      …advice of Liberty Counsel…. Run screaming when you hear those words! 🙂

      • Gene

        only if they are defending YOU!

      • D. J.

        And/or ADF. Both vanish quickly once they lose their cases.

        • Stev84

          ADF is no joke though. They have an insane amount of money and tons of lawyers. They also have a project where they place their lawyers with important judges as clerks. Very scary.

    • Gigi

      Davis is a supporter of “traditional marriage” you know. She likes it so much she’s been married at least three times. Both she and her obese son need to pick up a bible and see what it says about gluttons. It ain’t pretty.

      Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

      Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. (Philippians 3:19 )

      Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. (Proverbs 23:20-21)

      And put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite. (Proverbs 23:2)

      If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. (Proverbs 25:16)

      Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, OVERFED and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. (Ezekiel 16:49)

      • Well, she’s already moved on to that being clothed with rags! Jeez, if I had $80K/year income I could dress a lot better than she does — even in women’s clothing…

        • Bad Tom

          Well, you have good taste.

        • Chucktech

          Maybe she gives generously to her fucking church.

      • sfbob

        “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were
        arrogant, OVERFED and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” So who’s the sodomite NOW, Kim?

    • Stev84

      The whole gig is a family affair. Before her, her mother was the clerk with her as the deputy I think.

    • Christopher

      I was wondering something last night about this very case. Isn’t it illegal for lawyers to suggest to their clients to break the law? Couldn’t that be grounds for a hearing and disbarment?

    • D. J.

      Where does the dognapping daughter work?

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        She stays home and plays with her poodle.

        • D. J.

          I wonder if she named the poodle “stolen” or “napped”?

        • Chucktech

          Probably plays with her beaver, too…

  • Gigi

    What a nice way to start the day.

    • oikos

      My thought as well. I would guess that readership is higher on the weekend as more people have one or both days off. The money that this will cost the state or county is most likely a hot topic of conversation.

      • OrliJoe in Fla

        If a public official is violating the law on her own then she should have to pay any fines, damages, court, staff costs out of her own pocket. The law abiding tax payers should not be on the hook for her rogue actions.

        • oikos

          I agree. I’m not sure how it works in KY and if there is an indemnification process for public officials.

          • OrliJoe in Fla

            I’m not sure about KY, but in FL an official is not personally liable if he/she is performing their duties honorably, but not if they go rogue… any lawyers in the house?

          • sfbob

            She is arguably violating her oath of office which of course includes swearing to defend the US Constitution, which in turn includes complying with decisions of the federal courts, especially the Supreme Court. It’s possible that the county could turn around and sue her for all the money her malfeasance is costing them.

          • oikos

            I hope the county does just that.

        • Arkansan

          One more example of why religious nuts should not be elected to public office.

          • Chucktech

            Problem is, religious nuts are part of the electorate.

          • Schlukitz

            Sadly, they walk among us.

  • Joe in PA

    Loving the opening line of snark: moment of limelight….

    I’d say she’s already had her 16 minutes, time for you to go away Ms Davis. How long before we see the GoFundMe beg?

    • oikos

      I think she’ll have to us Franklin Graham’s atm. GoFundMe will not allow her to set up an account if her cause involves breaking the law.

      • Joe in PA

        of course. I was using the generic ‘gofundme’. 🙂

        Sort of like Kleenex. 😏

        • Reality.Bites

          I always insist the pharmacist give me generic gofundme. Why should I pay more for the same thing?

          • Octavio

            GoKleenexme?

  • BeaverTales

    To Kim Davis’ credit, she has a bright moneymaking gig ahead riding the martyrdom train. She can sit on her ass the rest her life and make $$$ complaining about buttsecks persecution by teh gheyz. It’ll be better than those work from home scams or welfare..

    • SFBruce

      And a lot better than that mundane County Clerk job, even though she apparently thinks it belongs to her.

  • Skokieguy

    Great editorial, however would have liked the it better if they did a bit more digging and determined the amount the state has paid to defend these lawsuits. Actual taxpayer money that isn’t fixing roads, paying for schools, police, etc.

    And they didn’t touch on lawyers advising Miss Quad Marriage to defy a judge’s order. In other threads people have spoke of the Liberty attorney’s being sactioned or perhaps disbarred.

    • Phil

      The bills are undoubtedly still coming in. They have no handle on those numbers currently. As was pointed out on the newspaper’s message board though, the liability insurance the county carries does NOT cover the bills for this little escapade of Ms. Davis’s. Either the county will have to pick up the bill, or more likely, Kim Davis will. I’m talking lawsuits. By then the Liberty Counsel will be long gone and on to their next fundraising patsy.

      • C Brian Devinney

        The county and Ms Davis were both named separately in the suit. The Commonwealth’s officials are not included so as of right now the only government entity being sued is Rowan County. Liberty Counsel is serving as the personal attorney for Ms. Davis who is liable for their fees (though she is trying to sue the state to cover them)

    • yetanotherLaura

      I presume they’re not members of the Kentucky bar, but on a special status (pro had vice, I think) that allows attorneys to represent a client for one case, which usually also requires a local attorney of record as well. So they can’t be disbarred in Kentucky but could lose their representation rights.

      Although having said all that, I remembered the case is in federal court. So I’m not sure. Any actual lawyers (as opposed to former legal secretaries like me) want to chime in? Trust me, I’d love to see “Liberty” “Counsel” lose their right to grift, but the rules can be ridiculously arcane.

  • Ed Burrow

    ok, Staver makes about 150k a year. Bryan Brown makes what, upwards of 500k? It’s a fucked up world when Nom is the better paying gig.

    • People4Humanity

      Key words: non-profit, pro bono

      • OrliJoe in Fla

        I thought he’d died in that sky accident?

        • People4Humanity

          Wasn’t that Sky King?

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      i’m sure Matt’s “travel expenses” and “meetings and conferences” help to fill that gap.

  • sfbob

    Another excerpt:

    “…we’ve never heard of a clerk denying a license to a divorced person, a
    philanderer, someone who’s abused a partner or neglected children. It’s
    easy to imagine the outrage and chaos that would ensue if clerks began
    morality-testing prospective opposite-gender spouses. But that’s exactly
    the right that Davis is demanding. She wants to pick and choose, based
    on her beliefs, which legally qualified couples will get marriage
    licenses.

    I’ve highlighted the final sentence on purpose. Needs to be repeated over and over. This isn’t about “religious freedom;” it’s about Davis’s entirely illicit claim to moral superiority.

    • GreatLakeSailor

      Pure Authoritarianism: It’s my fiefdom!! Mine, MINE, MINE!!!!
      Stomps foot repeatedly; protrudes lower lip.

      • fuow

        Stomps foot repeatedly….
        Ah – now we know the source of all those micro-quakes in that area.
        Finally.

      • D. J.

        Don’t forget her salute.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Well, you know, refusing to issue licenses to all of the other people she COULD think of as sinners, that she COULD judge, the she COULD claim as offending her delicate religious sensibilities…

      Well, that might seriously inconvenience heterosexuals. and people who have been divorced three times.

      • Chucktech

        Can’t have that…

      • sfbob

        Actually I think at least one of the couples who’s suing her IS heterosexual. Not sure what’s going on now but for a time Davis was simply refusing to let her office issue any marriage licenses at all.

    • David L. Caster

      Come on, she was recruited by Staver to stoke his cash-flows. This is a tactic we saw NOM try to use. It didn’t work for them and now it isn’t going to work for Staver’s fraud either. LC is playing Kim Davis like a fiddle so the email monkeys can run around begging for money. The pattern is obvious and should have been blown out of the water the very first time is was tried.

      LC is trying to stay alive and well fed by drumming up christianist outrage with fake claims of religious persecution. It’s a pure scam and should be smacked down so hard the USGS detects the event on their seismometer network.

  • Mark

    And when you peel back all the layers of pomp and bullshit….there it is for all to see: a particular truth that reveals the scamming fuckers for who and what they really are.

    • Octavio

      Money is a deeply held religious belief. Imagine.

  • Webslinger
  • People4Humanity
  • SFBruce

    If there is a more loathsome outfit than Liberty, I don’t know what it is. I just hope their clients have some understanding that Liberty Counsel’s political agenda to further marginalize LGBT people far outweighs their clients’ own best legal interests, while a few people continue to get rich on our backs.

  • Marides48

    This article hit the nail on the head!
    Publicity = $$$$$

  • StraightGrandmother

    Let’s look at those number a little bit
    –Staver family income = $291,346

    –12 months of travel expenses ($184,479) = $3,547 per week or $15,373 per month (if someone traveled EVERY week)

    –12 months of meetings & conferences ($429,584) = $8,261 per week or $35,798 per month (if they had conferences EVERY month)

    –12 months of e-mail alerts ($600,000) = $11,538 per week, or $50,000 per month

    –12 months Printing & Mail ($500,000) = $9,615 per week, or $41,666 per month

    You know, that is a lotta dough. Think of the real good that could have been done with this money instead of making these faux Christians rich.

    • bryan

      Indeed, StraightGrandmother, that ‘staff of five’ sure like spending money on themselves.

      • StraightGrandmother

        And if you think about the staff of 5 that is 3 other people plus Matt Staver & his wife. The other one would be Matt Barber of course.

        Just think of those salaries, and they can’t be bothered to do their own e-mails they are paying someone (Matt Staver Jr?) $50,000 a month to send out their e-mails.

        • Chucktech

          Gosh. Sounds like sending e-mail is expensive… Who knew?

          • Bad Tom

            Wish I could get paid that kind of money to maintain an email server.

          • Cuberly

            Back in the dot com era I had to do marketing email blasts via a rather large Filemaker database that we used to track leads and responses to our marketing campaigns.

            Admittedly there are systems that are more $$ and complex out there. But considering what we accomplished on a shoestring budget and some scripting……dang.

          • David L. Caster

            A decent, even basic CRM package, could be had for considerably less and a decent IT guy could make it all happen for well under 50k a year.

          • Cuberly

            I think we have to remember that a lot of Liberty U grads and employees hire fellow Liberty U alumni. They’re quite incestuous that way.

            Makes me think some christianist IT org is involved in the scheme.

          • David L. Caster

            That would not surprise me in the least. ALEC was started by a fundamentalist.

          • B Snow

            I just checked Mailchimp. Their pricing allows for over 7 million emails/month for less than $3000/month. I wonder how many subscribers Liberty Counsel has, and how many emails they send, that it costs $50K/month to do it.

            Or are “email alert services” like setting up a google alert and getting an email when something happens? Isn’t that free? Is that $600K the annual salary of the person who reads those alerts as they come in?

          • Cuberly

            That is such an insane amount of money. I guarantee they could get their cost down even further if they put it up for a contract agreement for 2-3 years or so.

            That is seriously questionable bs right there.

          • B Snow

            That’s for paid accounts, plus I tried to find the MOST expensive option they offered, to compare it to LC’s numbers.

          • Cuberly

            At my prior gig all newsletters and blasts where part of the package our hosting company provided. Not to mention online tools and a ton of reporting options. It was a bundle that while moderately priced, provided a lot of capability. A lot of bang for the buck.

            I stand by my prior assessment on another part of the thread. Someone knows someone that owns a smallish IT Company owned by someone that went to Liberty U and is double dipping via exorbitant pricing to keep the grifter faith in the family.

            Dominionism 101, keep working to retake all culture, arts, and business. Money exchanged between fellow dominionists is part of that goal. The only problem with this is that it becomes more and more difficult for them to break out of their cultish cocoon. Halfhearted in that they prefer the exorbitant grifting vs their dominonist reach.

            http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/dominionism-and-religious-right-merger-complete

            They’re basically neo-Mormons in that respect. But Mormons were able to go mainstream, blend in. Reference, the provenance of certain CEOs and Wallstreet movers and shakers.

          • David L. Caster

            Rest assured that Staver et all don’t have an email list that large.

          • cleos_mom

            It’s a gig I’d love to have, that’s a fact. It would be roughly equivalent to being paid $50K a month to mop the kitchen floor once a week.

        • D. J.

          They spent MEGA bucks on The Fox Republican Presidential “Debate” commercial that aired. That was a huge expensive money beg.

        • D. J.

          Anita Staver seems to have made a nice recovery from her serious car wreck. Mat resigned his position as Dean of LU’s law school (a year after her wreck) to supposedly care for her and drive her injured self back and forth from Orlando to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for treatment.
          They were both traveling extensively very soon after he arrived in Orlando.

        • BlindBill

          Is is odd that this christian duo do not pay themselves equally on paper (we know they are writing off all of their personal expenses) …. but why does he take a salary bigger than hers?

    • Marc

      That’s absolutely nuts. You’d think their money well would dried up already. They’re not delivering results for their cause, and these five people are costing their donors at least $400k each per year.

      • Right!!!! You got people dumping money into Liberty counsel
        with apparently no care as to what the results actually are. But I guess that’s what you get when you have people blindly following ideology.

      • Chucktech

        Does sort of speak to the character and intelligence of their donors, doesn’t it?

        • David Walker

          It’s so David and Goliath, what with these poor god-fearing folks challenging the supremacy of the Constitution. The problem is David keeps losing.

          • Chucktech

            That’s because, in your example, Goliath is the good guy.

          • Mark

            David has no rock to sling….but I suppose a dirt clod fools their donors.

        • Cuberly

          My respect for Evan Wolfson increased ten-fold when he dissolved his org, we had won. They weren’t going to milk it, to make a living.

    • pj

      all tax free i assume…

      • Chucktech

        In jesus’s name…

    • CanuckDon

      It always comes down to creeps and their immoral ways of making money. It’s getting to a point where I despise anyone driving a Mercedes simply because I figure there was some underhanded determination of getting it.

      • LonelyLiberal

        Not necessarily. My dad drove a Mercedes at one point, earned by owning a company and making (literally, he was in the trenches as often as he was in the office) a great product at an expensive but fair price. Said product was, at the time, pretty unique and most of it is still in service today–the quality was very, very high.

        Plus lower end Mercedes (Mercedi? Mercedeses? 🙂 ) aren’t terribly expensive, so a decently paid professional could afford one if they save up.

        • fuow

          Einzahl: der Mercedes-Benz
          Mehrzahl: die Mercedes-Benz
          Generally speaking, proper names when used to describe an object simply change the article without changing the spelling. There are (this is German, after all) lots and lots of exceptions.

          • LonelyLiberal

            By the Rule of Funny, I think I’ll still stick with Mercedeseses.

          • Cuberly

            Completely agree. Besides, Hammerstein seemed to think it was ok.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuYv-_8VXGQ

          • Dolly Varden

            Reminds me of that age old plural conundrum. Is the plural of “hard on” hards on or hard ons?

          • LonelyLiberal

            Personally, I call the plural of “hard on” differently: a great deal of fun.

          • Robincho

            We should all have to wrestle with such stubborn grammatical issues!

          • RoFaWh

            Every language has exceptions to its rules. As Edward Sapir put it, all grammars leak.

            In English, you can handle the plural Mercedes situation by writing “…lower end Mercedes automobiles…” is using Mercedes as a plural itself is verboten.

          • Hue-Man

            What was that about Grandma’s leeks?

          • Octavio

            Unless your last name is McCambridge?

          • David Walker

            I’ll see your German exceptions and raise you English exceptions. Probably the German exceptions are because of the English exceptions.

          • CottonBlimp

            What I love about German is that even the exceptions to the rules have rules.

        • Octavio

          A nicely appointed Buick Enclave (2015) will run you a lot more than a tidy little Mercedes C-Class sedan.

      • Duck

        Entry level Mercedes run in the high 20’s to mid 30’s, or at least in the early 2000s that is what mine ran, 34000US or so. I knew guys whose SUVs were the same or more expensive.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Starving children are just not as important as Get Dem Gays. The religious reich has been demonstrating that for decades.

      • vorpal

        Indeed. Children starving to death or badly neglected / abused by their heterosexual parents? No problem!

        They just need to keep us icky gay people from getting married and being able to raise kids, because apparently our very existence and the act of living our lives is a form of religious persecution.

        • RoFaWh

          our very existence and the act of living our lives is a form of religious persecution.

          So true.

          My own imprecatory prayer today is that henceforth all babies born to fundagelicals be take-no-shit gays and lesbians. Go, Gawd, go.

        • David Walker

          If it were true, I’d willingly volunteer. It’s still weird that living one’s life as a gay person is a political act.

          • Ninja0980

            Indeed, it’s amazing how wanting to be treated as an equal citizens is seen that way.

          • Unfortunately, David, it has been for decades and will still be for decades more to come.
            It is only the hypocritical bullshit from the religious reich that makes the parasites like L.C. and this clerk pretend that living as a heterosexual or a christianist is a political act.
            It’s an act, alright. But the only politics involved are the politics of profit.

          • David Walker

            Too true. On the other hand, welcome back. I was wondering what happened to you. Hope you’re well.

        • Ben in Oakland

          Well, I’m going to say that there may be some truth in that supposition. It’s sort of reminds me of a story about Mrs. Hunt, the mother of the Hunt brothers, and an oil rich woman from Texas, also a severe type of Baptist. Someone Asked her if the Bible was all correct without any error. She responded, “of course there are no mistakes in it. If we if we started doubting or questioning any of it, where would we stop?”

          Where indeed?

          I may be wrong about this, but what I seem to read underneath the torrent of words is the fear that if gay people are accepted, if this ancient, vicious, and durable prejudice, One is so deeply engrained in our cultures that fathers are afraid to kiss their sons, and boys must under no circumstance wear pink, were actually tossed, what would happen? This is one prejudice.religion has supported with all of the shriveled little heart. and what else might be tossed from the Bible? What else might be questioned, what else might be denied or declared?

          And that’s why our very existence threatens them.

          • vorpal

            Black and white thinking: evidence of mental immaturity.
            Reality very infrequently works in a binary fashion.

      • John30013

        Starving children (as a cause) don’t generate $300K salaries, either….

        • B Snow

          They’d better not. Think of the outrage if a children’s charity paid that kind of salary. Definitely a better scam to “practice law”.

          • philman

            You’re joking, right? The CEO of UNICEF is paid over a million dollars annually. The president of the March of Dimes pulls in half a million. “Children’s charities” are not immune to fleecing contributors for hefty salaries.

        • Cuberly

          Well actually Franklin Graham makes $880,000 a year with a hefty portion of it coming from his “charity work”. Grifters Purse, or whatever it’s called.

        • Ben in Oakland

          I wouldn’t know, and I would not claim otherwise. But I have heard that salaries for some heads of large charities go the into $300,000-$800,000 range. It’s something to Google.

          • John30013

            Very large charities, yes. But as the editorial states,”Liberty” “Counsel”only has 5 staff–definitely not “large” enough to command that kind of salary if they were truly doing “good works”. So they grift instead.

      • cminca

        Don’t kid yourself Ben. This has very little to do with gays. This has to do with making a shit-load of money for very little work by playing on the bigotry of the ignorant.

        • teedofftaxpayer

          If I’m not mistaken, if they win then they can apply to the state to pay their legal fees. But we know they’re not going to win. They haven’t figured it out yet.

        • Ben in Oakland

          I agree with you, that it is about money, but I also think it is about this very ancient and durable prejudice. The two just happen to be in people who are willing to exploit the latter in order to make a great deal of the former. I doubt that they would doing it for nothing, but I think hate and fear and ignorance also have a great deal to do with it.

    • Bad Tom

      Pretty clear what they worship: Mammon.

      • Cuberly

        Mamon can be rather eficacious in expunging shame

    • D. J.

      Travel expenses = Chartering private jets, lodging in the most expensive suites in the finest hotels, etc, etc…..

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        “Travel expenses? Well, Your Honor, . . . there were those trips to Nieman-Marcus, and all those times we had to travel to Cartier, and . . .”

        • David Walker

          One must look “professional,” you know. There’s always the chance that wearing sparkly things will distract the judge.

          • Franciscan

            “and we were really fond of breakfast at Tiffany’s”

      • Stev84

        top shelf luggage lifters

    • Ninja0980

      Like others, the Stavers only use the Bible in attacking us.
      The stuff about greed, adultary etc they ignore.

      • David Walker

        It’s a specialty non-profit. This way, they don’t have to face distracting cases. You know, stuff that really matters.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      I can tell you this as a bit of perspective: I work for one of the biggest department store chains in the U.S. In a position where I know the budget for in-store signage. Last year, we spent about $300K on signs for our shoe departments – every store, all year total. That’s just printing and shipping, not front end expenses like photography, staff, design. It’s a lot of signs, is my point. I’d like to see what he’s printing and shipping

      • Octavio

        He probably runs another corporation that does all of the printing. I’m sure his travel agent is their cousin. And that “e-mail alert service” is a kid named “Chico” who they sponsored into the US via the christains children fund.

        • David Walker

          You’re such a Negative Nellie. I love it.

          • Octavio

            “Who? Me?” queried Gilda. 🙂

          • 2karmanot

            “You do hate me, don’t you, Kimmie”

      • I’m thinking there is a whole load of book cooking going on at Liberty Council.

    • noni

      Christians aren’t that smart. They like being swindled. It’s godly

      or something.

    • D. J.

      There should still be plenty of money left in their “war chest”.

    • MDixon34

      I wonder if they’re hiring. I can do email blasts for half that (it’s losing cause so I won’t feel too guilty).

    • Ninja0980

      That would mean actually helping people.
      Too many of these bigots only care about hurting others and nothing more.

    • Schlukitz

      The piéce de resistance, was the $105,487. spent for “case costs” out of the $4.1 million collected.

      That’s like a home-builder who pulls in $5 mil a year to build houses and spends only $95 grand on “building materials”.

      I wouldn’t want to buy one of his “houses” and it makes me wonder why anyone would buy the “product” that Liberty Council is selling their public?

      • StraightGrandmother

        Good point! That is 2.5% of their revenue spent on actual case costs.

    • TexPlant

      hate pays $$$$$

    • Kevin T. Keith

      It seems obvious to me that they’re real Christians. And yeah, that’s quite a scam.

    • teddy21

      And how much you want to bet the mail and email contractors are somehow related to the Stavers?

    • Grrrrrrrr

    • Guilio
  • People4Humanity
  • Randy

    Wow. Referring to gay people as tax paying, law abiding citizens. What a concept. How often does this happen as people are beating their breasts about “religious liberty.” At whose expense?

    • Marc

      “…marriage licenses to legally qualifed people who apply for them.”
      I read that about six times looking for the words “gay” or “same sex.” Nice!

  • Jeffrey

    Case costs at only $105k versus more than 10 times that for publicity? Not to mention $600k for travel and conferences. All that and nearly $300k for them as a couple in salary. Very little work with no hope of winning, but they’ve created a nice little cottage industry hate machine for themselves. I hope that pitiful Kim Davis reads this ands sees how she is being used, but she’s obviously not that bright.

    • BearEyes

      the disconnect in the numbers speak volumes. Not sure Davis, even if she reads it, will comprehend the difference.

      • fuow

        You presuppose she can read?

        • RoFaWh

          She may be one of those readers with “poor reading comprehension”.

  • ClevelandJim

    Kim Davis makes almost $80k/yr and she dresses like THAT? She needs a GBF to take her shopping.

    • Ben in Oakland

      She will not EVER have a gay best friend until she publicly repents of her Homobigotry, her Christian exceptionalism, and her poor choices in couture and coiffure. There is only so much good taste can accomplish.

  • geoffalnutt

    Boom!! Truth hurts, I’d imagine, but not enough…probably.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Buuuuuuurrrrnnnnn!

  • Richard Rush

    They are just exercising their religious freedom to extract as much money as possible from people with seriously held vicious religious beliefs . . . beliefs which have been instilled into them by the same people who are now collecting on their investment.

  • matt n

    good. and it’s a southern paper slamming that witch.

  • A fantastic piece and it hits the nail right on the head in regards to liberty counsel. They don’t take cases that they think they can win and in the end while they would like to win cases not winning doesn’t hurt their business model at all. It’s not like anyone is going to look at their losing record and say, er no thanks, they are providing pro-bono legal assistance and so their clients take it without caring what Liberty Counsels record is. All liberty counsel needs is a steady stream of cases so they can say that they are out fighting against the big bad gay lobby and win or lose the cash will flow in.

    • D. J.

      Which organizations are giving the grants? Those are the real cash cows.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Please keep posting this numbers every time they defend the indefensible cases. Remember the right wing accuse the Obama had the IRS combing through the teabeggers finance more so than others? I hope it’s true. Especially those who file their taxes in the name of religion freedom. That’s where they hide all their money and not paying taxes. Talk about freeloaders. This are the type of welfare that need to expose. You wonder why they are so supportive of corporate tax cut and mum about evading tax on offshore accounts. All the bs of patriotism and claiming to be Americans while circumventing the tax codes. Supporting legislature like people are corporates too, superpac and hobby lobby law creating a bubble for themselves to assume special status over the rest of America. Beneath all the noises of anti same sex marriage is a giant machine eroding the foundation of US democracy in the name of freedom of religion. I point you at Malaysia a country who a former prime minister essentially committed cultural genocide using Islam to appropriate the more natural and docile culture. Decades later while the elite and ruling party suffer no repercussions from the very religious law they impose. The same can’t be said of the average citizens, who’s sins committed and punished are being touted on the daily news as a reminder to the rest they are indeed living in a god loving and just country. As you can see the similarity in US, those who use religion to work against the LBGT rights are consistently and literally caught with their pants down suffer not an iota of punishment and largely ignore. They care not about their religion freedom. They want the power and wealth to preside over the rest. On the surface you might still have your general elections to pick and choose who deem to govern. On the outside you have the corporate overlords asserting their power behind the scene and you have these religious cults leading a bunch of uneducated mob to overthrow a legitimate government.

  • Dale082

    I want to see that bitch behind bars.

  • BobSF_94117

    Liberty Counsel paid one independent contractor over $600,000 for “email
    alert services,” and another almost $500,000 for printing and mail
    services.

    I’m guessing GOP “contractors”. Those are awfully steep prices to pay for emailing and printing.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      They must be using the same email service Eugene DelGaudio does.

    • Clive Johnson

      This article might be worth your time:
      http://thebaffler.com/salvos/the-long-con

      It discusses the history and present of right-wing scare-mailings to raise funds. It seems that this is a path to riches for any number of rightist rising stars.

      • BobSF_94117

        We really are doomed…

  • BobSF_94117

    So… it seems like they have a heck of a lot of money left over every year. I wonder where it goes.

  • KQCA

    HATE sells.

    Follow the money in anti-gay efforts and it always leads to an operation headed by one or two greedy people. ALWAYS.

    • KQCA

      …and at this very moment that ignorant lump of dough Davis is drawing a near-$80,000 salary from taxpayers while refusing to do her job?

      • Steverino

        Money for nothing. No wonder she and “Liberty Counsel” are birds of a feather.

  • joe ho

  • Ninja0980

    Indeed, the Stavers know they can’t win this but they don’t want their gravy train to end.
    And unlike elsewhere, Kim Davis is stupid enough to think this is a fight she can win, not realizing that she is a pawn for others.
    Won’t feel sorry for her one bit when she is thrown in jail, too bad the Stavers can’t join her.

  • Steverino

    Anita Staver looks like Mitch McConnell in drag. Has anybody ever seen them in the same room together?

  • Octavio

    That Lexington Herald article is just a little bit of fabulous! How do I start and “e-mail alert service” and can I do it part time from home? :-0

    • Hue-Man

      You can be like my cousin who makes $700 an hour on the interwebs, etc….!

      • Octavio

        Is he a prince and does he live in Nairobi? 🙂

        • Hue-Man

          I’ve never received one of those “Nigerian Prince” e-mails. I don’t know if there’s some magic spam filter on my two e-mail accounts but I get almost none.

          Canadian anti-spam legislation deals with domestic spammers and it has teeth.

          “The CRTC [communications regulator] is preparing to mete out a $1.1 million fine against a company
          it accuses of “flagrantly” flouting Canada’s anti-spam legislation.”

          http://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2015/03/05/crtc-issues-11-million-anti-spam-fine.html

          • Octavio

            I haven’t received one in years. However, in the early 90s I would get them all of the time. SPAM filters, if you use them, help prevent them from showing up. But it also has a great deal with how dumb someone is as he/she roams cyberspace. I constantly get phishing alerts. This helps me a great deal. I never open anything that my browser and antivirus software alerts me as being a “possible” phishing site.

          • Beagle

            My favorites are the “we have frozen your account at ABC Bank due to possible fraud.” When I’ve never had an account at ABC Bank and never lived anywhere near any of their branches.

            Those emails get forwarded to ABC’s fraud alert email address.

        • billbear1961

          Oh, Your Highness!

    • billbear1961

      Alert us to the fabulous, cheerful Octavio!

      • Octavio

        The most fabulous part of today is Milonga Queer, (571 Perú in San Telmo). Saturday afternoons we salsa until blisters appear on our feet and cumbiá with hips so close there is no room for our trousers. ¡Esto es fabuloso! 😉

        • billbear1961

          ¡Claro que sí!

          🙂

  • LovesIrony

    and idiot bigots keep donating to them

  • Justin

    Nailed it.

  • douglas

    She makes $80k a year?? She obviously doesn’t spend it on hair, makeup or wardrobe. I am sure there are plenty of people willing to do the job for ALL taxpayers and get paid that much.

    • While I rarely comment on someone’s looks, but to make that amount of money and look like a bag lady is confusing.

      • zhera

        Trophy husbands are expensive, dontcha know?

  • Queequeg

    Almost all the comments to the editorial are against her and Liberty Council as well. Never trust an organization that has “Liberty” as part of its title.

    • The Professor

      Or “family.”

      • Ninja0980

        Indeed, the “family” groups are among the most hateful of all.

      • Queequeg

        Yep.

    • zhera

      Liberty, family, values, freedom, constitutional, truth… their choice of words are rather ironic.

      • Queequeg

        Yes, doublespeak. Whatever word they use means exactly the opposite of what it should mean.

  • Tor

    Kim Davis, with the encouragement of the Liberty Counsel, is so self centered that she does not understand that, as an elected official she is a part of the government. The imposition of her religious views on her constituency constitutes establishment of religion.

    • sfbob

      That was part of Judge Bunning’s initial ruling. Seriously; he mentioned it quite specifically. Of course Davis just doesn’t care. Probably because she is perfectly fine with establishment of religion provided it’s HER religion that gets established.

  • JamesStone

    Does the KKK also get tax exempt status??? Our tax dollars at work…. This is soo wrong!

  • billbear1961

    The Washington Post Lexington Herald Leader March!

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

    • billbear1961

      Eighty THOUSAND a year from public funds to violate the public’s CIVIL RIGHTS?!

      This two-faced THUG–thrice-divorced, four-times-married adulteress according to her precious JESUS– needs to sit in JAIL on charges of CONTEMPT until she either does her job or RESIGNS!

      For nearly two MONTHS she has violated the civil rights of same-sex couples, some of whom she has reduced to TEARS!

      Sue the CHRIST out of her!

      Those couples are entitled to substantial damages!

  • Cuberly

    Someone has to pinch me. The comments over at the article are resoundingly against Davis. In fact I haven’t seen a single, “Davis is doin da Leards Werk” comment. This is KY we’re talking about right?….so confused.

    • Demetrios1453

      Lexington has an openly gay mayor. Louisville is a very gay-friendly city. Don’t judge the whole state on (some of) the population out in the sticks.

  • danolgb

    What the editorial fails to highlight is when she loses, it’s the tax payers of Rowan County who are on the hook for legal fees.

    • billbear1961

      I thought she could also be sued as an individual, not just in her role as county clerk, for violating citizens’ civil rights.

      But a poster here on JMG said that varies from state to state.

      I have no idea how it works in Kentucky.

      But it wouldn’t surprise me if the most bigoted states are the ones that refuse to hold people privately accountable for BREAKING THE LAW!

    • sfbob

      So here’s what will happen. She’ll lose. She will be found to have violated her oath of office and the county will sue her to recoup their legal expenses. Then she’ll file for bankruptcy.

  • John P. Sparkman

    My question is, who owns the email company and who owns the printing company. Any guesses? Anyone? Anyone? My money is on the Liberty Counsel folks or someone very closely connected with them.

    • Kissmagrits

      Good question – and one the reporters should explore. These operations are so often vertically integrated.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Sounds like the same email and printing companies Eugene DelGaudio uses. Or ones very much like them.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Philippians 2:14
    “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.”

    Romans 13:1-2
    “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

    Christian congruence = an oxymoron.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Oh! There are so many contradictory statements in that book of edicts of theirs that they can cherry pick till the cow jumps over the moon.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY2KjqC5Fkw

      • GanymedeRenard

        Exactly! I just quoted the ones that are relevant to this renegade clerk’s case. But there’s an infinite number of contradictions in the Word of the Lard.

      • Reality.Bites

        Bob Homme, like Ernie Coombs, was one of our greatest American-born Canadians.

  • When a newspaper in a conservative state turns against someone using the “strongly held religious belief” argument, it’s over. Miss Quintuple Married needs to climb down off her high horse and go back to shuffling paperwork.

  • doug

    very telling that the husband lawyer at Lioberty makes more than his wife!

  • Kissmagrits

    Liberty Counsel sprang from the ministry of Lynchburg legend, Jerry Falwell. Fortunately, Staver and Co. has a stellar string of losses in court and will only suffer more humiliating defeats in the future.

    And, if it gives comfort, Falwell is still dead at this hour – and in his honor, I founded the annual Dead Evangelist’s Day every May 15th to commemorate his 2007 departure – and since then, so many others. Jot this on your calendar for next May and join me as I lift a glass to God’s fallen foot soldiers – and perhaps “Blood Diamonds” Pat will have joined them.

  • it’s why the conservative-right plays up to anti-LGBT bigotry. people who are still anti-LGBT in 2015 are the stupidest people in the nation. and they’re fast to part with their money to prove their bigotry.

    the professional bigots take the amateur bigots’ money, and that’s how it’s always gone and how it always will go.

  • JT

    That jackass gets $80k? Sue her fucking ass into the gutter where she belongs!

    • billbear1961

      $80K for being a sadistic bully and NOT doing the job she’s overpaid to do!

    • Homo Erectus

      She’ll be hard pressed to find another one that pays that well.

  • SilasMarner

    I say BRAVO to The Lexington Herald Leader

  • KCMC

    like that journalism…
    “…ginned up its marketing machine.”

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
  • JCF

    Liberty Counsel: Grifters Gotta Grift!

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      GGG, KKK… the same, really.

  • Qwertyy650

    “have been denied their constitutional rights for almost two months”
    Perhaps a better term would be 20 – 50 – 100 years…

  • rednekokie

    The Herald-Leader is correct. This woman should resign if she refuses to do her job. If she were my employee, I’d fire her on the spot. When you take a job, whether you are hired or voted in, you agree to do the work required. She has not done that. She is robbing the Kentucky government of $80,000 per year. That is fraud, and is criminal, and she should be prosecuted.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      It’s an elected position. She can’t be “fired” in the conventional sense. Not sure if they have a recall mechanism in KY.

      • sfbob

        She can be removed from office by the state legislature. But I doubt that’s gonna happen.

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    😐

  • John Calendo

    As is always the case when you see the name Mat Staver or the Liberty Counsel inserting themselves into a courtroom, this case was a farce from the start.

    A court clerk has discovered she can no longer fulfill her oath of office. Yet she wants to keep a job she will not do and get paid by a community she will not serve. There was never any suspense as to the outcome of such a case.

    Wisely, the editorial points out that for Staver it has always been about the benjamins. Liberty Counsel has a breathtaking record of lost cases. Yet the donations flow in. Losing over and over again is a sort of perverse badge of honor for these sanctimonious grifters, more martyrdom creds for the persecuted Christian fringe.

  • Wow — a newspaper telling it like it is.

    That has to sting.

  • anne marie in philly

    BOOM is correct! bitch must go! and this h8 group must be put outta business!

  • Jan Wesselius

    I would love to know the major donors to this Liberty Counsel, and how much they donate. I want to see who is that gullible to give them money.

  • Guilio

    Take a look at their 990. Boy they have a lot of expenses… $200K in ‘other employee benefits’ should make one question their motives.