Former governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin has been covered a few times on my blog. I wrote about his stupid plan to send prayer groups in his state's most crime-riddled areas in 2017. Later that year, I covered a video he released urging students to bring their Bibles to school (something he did on social media in the following years, too). Then in 2019, I covered the spat he had with former county clerk Kim Davis about who should pay her legal fees. Lastly, I included him in a round-up I did about obnoxiously stupid things that politicians were saying about gun violence.
Thankfully, the people of Kentucky have (barely) voted Bevin out of office this past November. Bevin conceded the race last month after losing to his Democrat opponent by 5,000 votes. Even Bevin's own lieutenant governor did not vote for him, because of their strained relationship.
Just because this "unabashed Christian" lost the race, though, does not mean he was stopped from doing further damage. A lot of damage, in fact.
This maniac freed or commuted the sentences of more than six hundred dangerous criminals before his final day in office on December 10th.
Bevin's actions have generated extreme outrage. To find out why, we should take a look at just some of those he pardoned or gave a lighter sentence.
First, there is Paul Donel Hurt, a man who was sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing and sodomizing his six-year-old step-daughter. Why would he pardon this man? Well, apparently the judge who originally convicted Hurt struck up correspondence with him after he retired and now thinks that Hurt might be innocent. It should be noted, however, that the retired judge said, "We'll never know what happened 19, 20 years ago."
Ummm... thanks, that is a great vote of confidence from the guy who convinced Bevin to pardon this guy. Bevin added, "it is my fervent hope and prayer that Mr. Hurt will find his faith in God and in his fellow man restored, and that he and his family will be abundantly blessed as he experiences the restoration of his freedom in the years ahead." Barf...
Another child rapist that Bevin freed (because why stop at just one?) was Micah Schoettle, who was convicted last year for raping a nine-year-old, and accused of raping her sister, as well. Bevin tried to defend his actions in an interview on Thursday. "These girls both were examined medically. They were examined physically. There was zero evidence. Zero. Both their hymens were intact," he said.
Kentucky's former chief medical examiner, Dr. George Nichols, who served in the position for twenty years, has spoken out against Bevin's assessment. Nichols told The Courier Journal, "Rape is not proved by hymen penetration. Rape is proved by phallic penetration ... where the vaginal lips meet the outer surface of the vagina."
Next up, we have the story of Elizabeth Stakelbeck. Stakelbeck was convicted in 2013, after she tried to hire a hit-man to kill her ex and her ex's wife. The hit-man, who she offered to pay with prescription drugs, turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
So why would Bevin pardon this woman? Oh, well it just so happens that she is a friend of his wife and his sister. How convenient! That must mean she is completely reformed!
Another violent offender that Bevin freed is Kurt Robert Smith. Smith killed his infant son in 2001, and was sentenced to twenty years in prison. In 2009, Smith took part in a riot with other prisoners that involved setting fires. Several inmates and correctional officers were injured during the riot, and the fires destroyed or damaged several buildings. The fires ended up causing $18 million in damages.
The last one I will focus on is Patrick Baker. Baker was sentenced to 19 years in prison for reckless homicide, robbery, impersonating a peace officer, and tampering with physical evidence.
Baker served just two years of his sentence before Bevin pardoned him. Why did he pardon him, you might be asking? Well, that is easy. Baker's brother and sister-in-law hosted a fundraiser for Bevin where they raised tens of thousands of dollars for his campaign.
Money talks, right? I am sure that Jesus would be really proud of Bevin right now.
This is just a small sample of the people Bevin decided should be quickly pardoned in his final days of office before his political opponent replaced him. State lawmakers are pursuing an investigation.
Bevin's behavior should come as no surprise. Christians have a pretty horrible track record when it comes to not becoming raging hypocrites.
Bevin has chosen to make a complete mockery of his office in his final days by totally abusing his power, all while hiding behind the aegis of being a "good Christian." Now that he is out, and is being thoroughly dragged for his despicable actions, he is doubling down and trying to defend himself with absolutely garbage arguments.
He is a shining example of the modern Christian.