Monday, September 7, 2015
KIM DAVIS AND THE LAW
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” The 1st Amendment,
In my mind that is succinct; you and I and each and every one of us has the unmitigated right to worship if we wish as we wish. We cannot be forced to follow another’s religious beliefs or have it forced down our throat.
Likewise the law is the Law, and despite one’s personal convictions a holder of a civic office must follow the dictates of that office.
Yes a baker can refuse to make a cake for a same sex couple marriage. There is no law forcing him to do so.
However, County Clerk Kim Davis an elected official, was sworn in to fill a position with defined duties and responsibilities. Either she conforms to the law with her name and title on the marriage certificates or she resigns her position. Because it is an elected position she cannot be “fired”.
By refusing to issue the certificate because of her religious convictions she is violating the law. She is not deprived of her convictions but is forcing her convictions upon the applicants.
This of course will be material for the politicians especially those like Cruz and Huckabee who are going to Rowan County and speak in support of her.
Only three Republicans have spoken against her stance.Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Carly Fiorina, the former Silicon Valley executive, said that as a government employee Ms. Davis was obligated to carry out the law, despite personal religious objections.