After his divorce, Mr. Childs realized that he would no longer be allowed to minister to the flock, and chose a drastically different line of work: he became a truck driver.
Driving around the country and meeting people from all walks of life had a profound effect on Jason Childs, and he began seeing America very differently than the way he had been taught. He saw people, not Christians, not heathens, not the unworthy, he just saw people. His heart changed, his mind opened, and he turned from the evangelical teachings of Liberty University and became an activist against the bigotry and homophobia he had once embraced.
On Mad Women, we were discussing Governor Haley Barbour’s mass pardon of over 200 convicted felons in the state of Mississippi. Some had served their time and were released on parole, but some had not. All in all, Barbour issued 203 pardons, including 17 to convicted murderers. There is an odd pattern to some of these, and an odd pattern to the eight men Barbour pardoned in 2008.
In 2008, Haley Barbour pardoned eight men, all of whom had been convicted of murdering either their wives, ex wives or ex girlfriends. These men included Michael Davie Graham, who stalked his ex wife for 3 years before shooting her to death with a 12-guage shotgun while she waited at a traffic light, Clarence Jones, whose ex girlfriend had filed multiple assault and trespassing charges against him. Jones waited for her in her apartment and stabbed her 22 times, and Jimmy Lee Avera, who shot and killed his estranged girlfriend while she was pregnant and in front of her two children.
Barbour’s most recent pardons also include 2 men who murdered their wives. David Glenn Gatlin drove nine hours to shoot and kill his estranged wife while she held their infant son, and Anthony McCray, convicted of shooting her to death after an argument. Haley Barbour said in an interview with Fox News that these were “crimes of passion”, and the men pose no threat to society, in fact, he’d let them baby sit his grandchildren.
Jason Childs pointed out the direct link between Dominionist teachings and domestic violence, and showed the reasons behind Barbour’s seemingly insane actions. Dominionists believe that everything in the Bible is true and is to be taken literally, including the sexist, misogynistic and quite frankly, violent way men are to treat women. Women are property, chattel, often worth less than a cow. Why? Because of Eve. Women are necessary for propagation of the species, but that’s about it.
Haley Barbour clings to this dogma with both hands. And that is why Barbour thought nothing of wiping the record clean for men who were convicted of murdering women. In Haley Barbour’s world, women don’t really matter. Much like the Quiverfull movement, Dominionists do not have respect for women, or see them as equals. Understand, all these murdering, battering men had to do in exchange for these pardons is tell King Haley Barbour that they accepted Jesus as their lord and savior. Boom, new life. And with a pardon, your record is expunged, meaning all these extremely violent and abusive men are wandering around, and no one has a clue about their crimes.
Why do I use “king” to describe Haley Barbour? Because as Jason Childs pointed out, that’s exactly how he is acting, like a king. Dominionists and some fundamental Christians believe the “laws of God” outweigh the laws of man. In other words, if the Bible says all women are damaged because of Eve, then that is the law they follow. Quiverfull is filled with these people: home schooling so their children learn only the laws of God, never the laws of man. From a comparative standpoint, this is very similar to the Sovereign Citizen movement, in relation to the laws they follow versus the actual law of the land.
We have at least one actual Dominionist running for president this year: Rick Perry. Perry dreams of a theocracy where David Barton history is taught in public schools right after prayer time and creationism class. Rick Perry craves a state religion, filled with the laws of God, not the laws our founding fathers wrote. Rick Perry wants to destroy this country, and impose Dominionism and Biblical law upon us all. Think of him as a smaller, but just as insane, Haley Barbour.