On September 5th, members of The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) joined nearly a thousand protesters at the “Free Kim Davis Rally” outside the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Kentucky.
The huge throng of local supporters dashed any hopes of making Mrs. Davis’ case an “example” to discourage further resistance to same-sex “marriage.” The crowd’s attitude was peaceful, but resolute. Signs in support of the jailed county clerk waved above their heads, while participants voiced indignation at the unjust court order of Judge David Bunning with cries of, “Show me the law or free Kim Davis!”
Members of the TFP’s Holy Choirs of Angels bagpipe and drum corps encouraged the crowd with patriotic songs, such as “God Bless America,” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” Several local officials addressed the crowd, including the mayor and sheriff of Grayson. Joe Davis spoke on behalf of his wife, saying, “She won’t bow, I promise you that. She wanted me to tell you, ‘All is well, tell them to hold their heads high, because I am!’”
Battling for America’s Soul
Targeting the allegations against Mrs. Davis for breaking a nonexistent law, Michael Peroutka, a Maryland attorney, reminded the crowd that “The power to make laws resides in Congress, not in the Supreme Court! So we can say to these people, show me the ‘law’ or free Kim Davis!”
Randy Smith, a local pastor from Grayson, addressed the crowd, “How many of you are thankful that there’s someone who has a backbone to stand-up against wickedness?” To shouts of agreement he continued, “It’s time to stop being politically correct and fearing backlash.”
A huge quantity of the TFP’s handout, “Ten Reasons Why Homosexual ‘Marriage’ is Harmful and Must be Opposed,” was distributed to the participants, who received it with gratitude and exclamations of, “This is exactly what’s happening!”
Although mainly representing the liberal side of the story, the large media presence could not ignore the huge grassroots reaction of ordinary Americans over the tyrannical imposition of same-sex “marriage” upon the country. This was witnessed loud and clear on the streets of Grayson in the overwhelmingly favorable response to the TFP member’s campaign for traditional marriage.
Faith Beliefs Are Again Attacked by Violence
Despite the liberal acclamations of “love wins,” love is certainly not the sentiment of some of those opposing Kim Davis. Husband Joe Davis claims he and his wife have received threats of death, physical assault and destruction of property. Hundreds of personal and online attacks have come from the same public who shout for “tolerance” and “acceptance.”
The unexpectedly big reaction to the jailing of Kim Davis shows that a spark has been struck in Grayson, Kentucky and it may soon be blown into a flame.
- Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter, Evangelium Vitae, no. 72, (March 25, 1995).
Cf. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, published July 31, 2003 and signed by the Congregation’s Prefect, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, and Secretary, Archbishop Angelo Amato.
Cf. TFP Committee on American Issues, Defending a Higher Law, Why We Must Resist Same-sex “Marriage” and the Homosexual Movement (Spring Grove, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property – TFP, 2004), Chapter 21, p. 179.