Shepard Smith accuses Kim Davis supporters of making planned disruptions that question laws, particularly when it comes to racial and gay discrimination.
Mike Huckabee together with attorney Matt Staver and a crowd of supporters held a rally on Tuesday in support of Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs.
During a live report while Matt Staver was addressing the crowd, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith butted in revealing to his TV audience the “true color” of Kim Davis’ supporters. According to Smith, the supporters were also the same group who consistently defended their hatred of gay individuals including the Islamic law using religion.
Smith deliberately said that “They set this up as a religious play again. This is the same crowd that says, ‘We don’t want Sharia law, don’t let them tell us what to do, keep their religion out of our lives and out of our government.’ Well, here we go again.”
Smith additionally remarked that the group is only riding on the issue to achieve their ulterior motive. Although same sex marriage has been legalized across the country, the anchor accused the group of making planned disruptions that would question such laws or for the society to go back to its old habits particularly when it comes to racial and gay discrimination.
The anchor finally remarked that “Haters are going to hate. We thought what this woman wanted was an accommodation, which they’ve granted her, something that worked for everybody. But it’s not what they want.”
Because of her alleged misconduct, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a court case against Kim Davis. A lower federal court and the Court of Appeals have already ruled against Davis instructing her to start issuing the licenses. But Davis did not comply and still refused to do her job. After the failure of her appeal, she elevated the case to the Supreme Court.
According to Mark Joseph Stern of the Slate, Davis is not a good example or representative of the religious right wanting to defend their views especially when it comes to the LGBT community and gay relationships. Stern cites that “I agree that the optics of this for the right, for religious conservatives, are just terrible, because this woman is not a really good martyr.”
He continues by saying that “This woman is an angry-looking, angry sounding, fairly vitriolic Apostolic Christian who is just taking out her bigotry on all these completely ignorant gay couples and using the government to abuse them.” Stern believed that if any individual or group uses the idea of religious freedom to crush gay rights, such efforts will fail.