Monday, October 5, 2015

Kim Davis's Lawyers Started The "Death Panels" Myth... And Other Tales

The attorneys who represent Kim Davis - and made all those claims about her meeting with the pope - gave Sarah Palin her "death panel" talking points a few years ago, according to the Institute For Southern Studies. They're "part of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University empire," and they have a whole history of bending the truth to the breaking point.

Below is a roundup of quotes and links.

"[I]t seems that Davis’ lawyers attempt to paint Pope Francis as a Davis supporter has forced the Vatican to issue a statement claiming that the encounter between the pope and Davis has been greatly exaggerated, as she was one of dozens of people who met the pope only briefly at a stop in Washington, D.C." - Right Wing Watch

"On 25 September 2015, Mat Staver (Founder and Chair of Liberty Counsel, the legal organization representing Kim Davis) spoke at the 2015 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. In the course of his remarks, Staver described a purported groundswell of support for Davis both inside the United States and elsewhere. To bolster his claim, Staver pointed to an image displayed on large screens during his speech labeled 'Lima, Peru Prayer Meeting for Kim Davis'..." - Snopes

"The conservative, Christian law firm representing defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis admitted late Monday that a photo it circulated of a Peruvian prayer rally in solidarity with its client was actually a photo of another event entirely." - Talking Points Memo

"The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Liberty Counsel as an anti-gay hate groups for spreading false information." - ABC News

"Created in 1989, Liberty Counsel is affiliated with Liberty University Law School in Lynchburg, Va., a legacy of the late conservative icon Jerry Falwell. It was founded and is still chaired by Mathew (Mat) Staver, who also serves as director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy at Liberty University, and provides legal assistance with regard to religious liberty, abortion and the family." -SPLC

"During the 2008 Wall Street meltdown, Staver said that the failure of two of the country’s biggest banks, Washington Mutual and Wachovia, was a price they had to pay for supporting gay marriage: 'Washington Mutual and Wachovia, both of which actively promoted the homosexual agenda, have come to realize that anti-family policies will bankrupt the bottom line.'” - Right Wing Watch

"Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver asked listeners to pray for his client Kim Davis because she is supposedly receiving vile death threats from the hosts of the television show 'The View'... UPDATE: Liberty Counsel has informed us that Staver was mistaken and has issued a correction." - Right Wing Watch

"[D]espite the fact that reparative therapy has been discredited by science, in 2006 the LC launched its 'Change is Possible' campaign, to educate youth that 'unwanted same-sex attractions can be overcome.' Railing against society-threatening values like diversity and tolerance, the LC encouraged students to start Gay to Straight Clubs on their campuses, and to ask faculty to include 'the ex-gay viewpoint' in all discussions of homosexuality." - The Daily Beast

"So we squared off Mat Staver, a creationist who heads the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel and a leading proponent of teaching intelligent design in public schools..." - Orlando Weekly


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