“Criminalization of Christianity in our country” says Republican Huckabee.

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Having Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country,” Huckabee said in a statement issued Friday. “What a world, where Hillary Clinton isn’t in jail but Kim Davis is.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is scheduled to visit a Kentucky jail next week to meet with a county clerk imprisoned because she ignored repeated court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Huckabee, a Baptist pastor and Republican presidential candidate, plans to host a rally in county clerk Kim Davis’ honor after the private meeting outside the Carter County Detention Center.

“Having Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country,” Huckabee said in a statement issued Friday. “What a world, where Hillary Clinton isn’t in jail but Kim Davis is.”

Davis’ jailing offers the many Republican presidential candidates an opportunity to appeal to the GOP’s evangelical Christian wing, which opposes same-sex marriage and casts Davis’ imprisonment as an issue of religious freedom. Not all the Republican White House hopefuls see it Huckabee’s way.

Asked about Davis’ imprisonment Friday morning, Republican Donald Trump noted that the Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage.

“You have to go with it,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” ”The decision has been made, and that’s the law of the land.”

The former reality television star suggested that Davis allow a deputy clerk to issue the marriage licenses. During a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning offered to release Davis if she promised not to interfere with her employees issuing licenses, but she refused, citing her Christian beliefs.

“I hate to see her being put in jail,” Trump said, later adding, “We’re a nation of laws.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has struggled for attention in the crowded 2016 contest, lashed out at Trump on Twitter. “You can’t make America great again by throwing Christians in jail,” Jindal tweeted in a message referencing Trump by name. “Even really rich New Yorkers should oppose jailing Christians for their religious beliefs.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday authorities should have found a compromise to keep Davis out of jail.

“I didn’t think I’d ever see the day when a Christian in America could go to jail because they decided to live by the precepts of their faith,” Rubio said.

The judge indicated Davis would remain in jail for at least a week, saying he would revisit his decision after the deputy clerks have had time to comply with his order. Davis’ deputies did just that Friday morning, issuing Rowan County’s first same-sex marriage licenses with a sheriff’s deputy standing guard in front of Davis’ darkened office.

Speaking to reporters Friday morning, Davis’ husband, Joe, held a sign that read, “Welcome to Sodom and Gomorrah” and said his wife was in good spirits after her first night in jail.

By STEVE PEOPLES September 4, 2015 1:41 PM

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Associated Press writer Adam Beam in Louisville, Kentucky, contributed to this report

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2 thoughts on ““Criminalization of Christianity in our country” says Republican Huckabee.

  1. This is a tough issue, no doubt about that. I tend to fall on Trump’s side though. Davis works for a government office and must uphold the law, which unfortunately now defies biblical principles. Short of quitting her job, I think allowing other members of the office to issue those licenses is a better option. I applaud her for standing up for her beliefs and convictions as she has felt led. She has God to answer to and so do I. I hope if a time ever comes when I must face obeying the law of the US or obeying God’s law that I will choose God’s law and do it in a way that He leads me in.

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    • You are right, Deb. However, Kim Davis didn’t know at the time she was appointed that same sex marriage would be endorsed by the Supreme Court and the Constitution of our United States changed. Kim probably would not have run for this government position.

      You do realize that this means we are opening up the door of having more of our government officials not being Christians? Does this mean our first amendment freedom of religion rights will be changed to accommodate our new Sodom and Gomorrah lifestyle in America?

      Don’t get me wrong, I have homosexual friends. We have worked together, horseback rode together and I have shared my beliefs with them. They respect me for them. We have remained friends for over twenty years. My fear is God. He will not be as complacent as I with the America breaking His marriage covenant.

      On The 700 Club yesterday (9-8-15) Jonathan Cahn, author of Mystery of the Shemitah, said “America crossed the line” in with the Supreme Court ruling of same sex marriage and then slapped God in the face again when the White House lite up the Capital with rainbow colors. This was the second abomination. God placed His rainbow in the sky to signify a covenant with Noah and future generations. Now America is deserting Israel with this Iran deal! The safest place for us to be is in the will of God. And I only see Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee standing boldly on the front lines willing to stand up for their Christian beliefs and face the opposition.

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