Conservatism Will Never Run Out Of Martyrs

I’m really tired of talking about/hearing about Kim Davis. This useful idiot has raised a lot of money for the religious right’s sad attempt to copy the ACLU, Liberty Counsel. And a lot of my liberal friends have taken to Facebook to point out how theologically incorrect Liberty Counsel and Kim Davis are, that nowhere does the Bible state that marriage is between one man and one woman (in fact, during the marriage equality debate several Biblical scholars pointed out that “Biblical marriage” is anything but what religious conservatives want it to be), and that Davis is a hypocrite herself. Yada yada, blah blah.

None of that matters, people. All of that is just silly yammering. Once again, liberals are arguing a point of logic and fact, while conservatives are arguing hurt fee fees about losing another battle in the culture wars. Look: the fight over gay marriage and the subsequent martyrdom of Kim Davis has zero to do with the Bible. It’s not about religion or theology. Like all culture war issues, it’s about conservatives’ lack of cultural relevance. It’s about how they’ve lost the culture wars and the poor dears just can’t deal with it.

Boo fucking hoo.

What we on the left really should do, every time a Kim Davis or Josh Duggar or Cliven Bundy pops up on the radar, is ignore them. Show them how irrelevant they truly are by not giving a shit about their martyrdom because they are irrelevant losing losers who lost.

Oh, I know it will never happen, right wing martyrs are like oxygen to social media. But not everything on Facebook or Twitter matters. In fact, most of it is as lasting as a fart on the breeze. So while Kim Davis may be a trending topic now, I guarantee you that by this time next year we’ll have forgotten all about her. Does anyone remember Crystal and Kevin O’Connor? Raise your hand if you had to Google the name.

Conservatism will never run out of martyrs because conservatives are perpetually oppressed. That’s what happens when you’ve lost cultural relevance: everything is always against you because you’re on the wrong side of everything. You lost and that sucks, but the right-wing machine thrives on martyrs, so we will continue to hear their tales of woe. They will continue to appear on Fox News and hatriot radio, they will raise money for groups like Liberty Counsel and the Alliance Defense Fund, and they will continue to proclaim their martyrdom because the woe-is-me attention is the only sense of relevance they’ll ever have.

Bless their hearts. I just wish we didn’t have to pay attention.


Filed under Christian Right, Christianity, gay equality, GLBT, religion, religious right

13 responses to “Conservatism Will Never Run Out Of Martyrs

  1. Bob K

    Right Wing Martyrs are oxygen (cash cows) for media (grifters) There – Fix’d

  2. Kosh III

    It’s not just social media that delights in this crap; the corporate media is even worse. If it can be sensationalized and make profits–they will run it endlessly.

  3. Of course they want martyrs. There’s a strong strain of Christianity that welcomes, even demands persecution. After all, Jesus said (Matthew 5:10-12):

    10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

    12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    They feel as if they need to be persecuted in order to be righteous. If they aren’t actually being persecuted, they’re either going to exaggerate any unwillingness to go along with them into persecution, or they’re going to get ever more obnoxious until we actually do persecute them.

  4. There would be fewer of them I’d some of them actally, like, FUCKING DIED!

    Oh, I’m sorry, does that faux insults to their make believe injuries?

    • Too bad for you, I suppose, that conservative birthrates WAY outnumber liberal ones .. and kids vote like parents 88% of the time.

      • “…kids vote like parents 88% of the time.”

        They do? I’ve never seen that statistic. Where did you read that? If that’s true, with America’s pathetic voter turnout rate, I’m not too worried. Most people don’t even bother.

  5. Joe

    Unfortunately, in the case of Kim Davis, she could not be ignored. In her official capacity as a county clerk, she was ignoring the clear law as defined by the Supreme Court. And the irony is that the judge who found her in contempt (not persecuting her for her religious beliefs) is a conservative judge appointed by George W. Bush. He’s also the son of former arch-conservative senator Jim Bunning (who, was, though in his day, a helluva pitcher, not so much as a politician). But Davis had to be confronted for her refusal to do the job she was elected to do. If this goes against her conscience, then she can resign her job. It really is that simple. No one is suggesting she do anything that she believes is wrong. But she has an absolute duty to the citizens of her county to either do her job or quit.

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  7. Shutter

    She just got sprung from the slammer. Grinnin’ christians wall to wall.

    • That kindof messed with Huckabee’s big moment, didn’t it?

    • CB

      As I understand, sprung by the very same conservative judge who locked her up in the first place. They always revert to type.

      It’s like we’re all required to have a “the poor [imbeciles] you will always have with you” moment, or something.

  8. Her attorney is arguing that the State of Kentucky is obligated to give her the freedom to exercise her religion in any way that she can be reasonably accommodated. My understanding about accommodating people’s religious preferences and observances in the workplace is more about allowing people to leave work to attend various religious services (i.e. Ash Wednesday,) or not discriminating for clothing or personal habits related to the practice of their religion. Allowing her to discriminate in the name of her religion seems to me to seriously miss the point of religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws.

  9. Randy

    So I get to wear a colander on my head to work if I’m a Pastafarian? Blue Moon of Kentucky keep on shining…