WASHINGTON, District of Columbia—In an interview on a conservative, evangelical Christian cable network yesterday, Kim Davis, the embattled Rowan Country, Kentucky, clerk who a district judge sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, denounced Pope Francis for trying to “deceive her.”
Appearing on The Daily Ledger, a politics and religion talk show hosted by Graham Ledger that airs on the One America News Network, Ms. Davis said she was “rushed into meeting” with Pope Francis during his visit to the United States earlier this month.
Ms. Davis told the host she is “pretty much a newbie to religion” and did not at the time “fully understood what the pope did.”
“I’ve only been involved in church for about five years, so I still don’t know a whole lot yet,” Ms. Davis said.
“I thought he was like Mother Teresa who I’d heard a lot about when I was growing up, you know, somebody that went around the world preaching and doing good things for everybody.”
Ms. Davis said she first began to “suspect something suspicion” when she couldn’t find her favorite Bible verses in the Bible that Pope Francis gave her at the meeting. It was then she realized she might had been involved in “something strange.”
“For one thing, that Bible had more books than what I was used to seeing. And so I was just flipping through page after page after page trying to find Leviticus and my other favorites, but everything was out of place. And it just didn’t sound like my normal Bible either.”
She told Mr. Ledger it was not until her husband did an Internet search that she realized what Pope Francis “was really all about.”
“Joe [husband Joe Davis] Google-ed it and found out he is the leader of a foreign country and has his own army and everything else that other foreign leaders have too. It shook us up. We thought he was just a simple preacher. We didn’t know any better then.”
…he is the leader of a foreign country and has his own army…
Ms. Davis said she felt the pope was maybe trying “to trick her” to swear allegiance to another country or “become a spy or something.”
She issued an apology to her supporters for meeting with Pope Francis.
“And I just want to let everybody know that we didn’t understand what we were getting into. And we never wanted anything to do with any foreign country or their religion. We’re American Apostolic Christians, just plain and simple people. We had no idea at all what that man did. We were just trying to follow God’s words.”
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