Davis' emails, obtained by the Associated Press under the Kentucky open records law, offer some insight into her state of mind in the weeks leading up to her five-day stint in jail for defying a federal court order to issue the licenses.
"The battle has just begun," Davis wrote in the email to a supporter in July, hours after four couples filed a federal lawsuit against her. It was the start of a monthslong legal fight against licensing same-sex marriages.
"It has truly been a firestorm here and the days are pretty much a blur, but I am confident that God is in control of all of this!!" she wrote to the supporter on July 2, the day the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against her on behalf of the couples. "I desire your prayers, I will need strength that only God can supply and I need a backbone like a saw log!!"
"Backbone like a saw log?" Is that a Kentucky saying, or a crazy person saying?
But wait, there's more:
Protesters crowded the courthouse lawn and news media from across the country descended on rural Rowan County. She complained to a supporter that the demonstrators stood outside her office window chanting into bullhorns.
"Will your lawyers and several decent people be around you to protect you from the wicked threatening homosexual mob and their supporters?" a man from Somerset named Willie Ramsey wrote to ask.
"They are going to try and make a whipping post out of me!!" she wrote in her response. "I know it, but God is still alive and on the throne!!! He IS in control and knows exactly where I am!!"
"September 1 will be the day to prepare for, if the Lord doesn't return before then," Davis wrote him.
("If the Lord doesn't return before then?" So she literally expects the end times to occur any day now.)
"I have weighed the cost, and will stay the course."
Ramsey said he'd be willing to block the courthouse door if the law came for her that day.
"I'm sure it will be a mad house!!" she told him, adding that "God will still be in control!!"
Whoa Nelly, that is some deeply psychotic babbling right there.
This woman is clearly suffering from a messiah complex and all of the media attention that she received only exacerbated her break with reality.
Here is what Slate had to say about the e-mails:
These are not the words of a rational public servant attempting to do her taxpayer-funded job to the best of her abilities. Nor are they the words of a conflicted religious person attempting to obtain an accommodation to balance her personal faith and public duties. These are the words of a religious fanatic who views herself as the protagonist in an epic, possibly biblical battle between good and evil—a millenialist zealot who hopes the rapture, rather than mere earthly courts, will intervene to save her.
Exactly! This is a woman suffering from a rather severe mental illness.
Which means that either Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz, who both showed up in Kentucky to support her, do not realize that, or suffer from the same or similar psychological issues.
In my opinion a person like this should NEVER hold any kind of important public office, and any person who supports a person like this, should be kept as far away from the White House as humanly possible.
Simply put, this kind of thinking is dangerous.