When I heard that Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County in Kentucky, was refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, I couldn't help but wonder why nobody had fired her. Quite simply, she is failing to fulfill her job duties as county clerk. Well, it turns out that the county clerk is an elected official. All the more reason why she should follow the law of the land, I say. Davis is committing a crime, disqualifying her from office.
Davis even gave up a chance to be released from jail with her additional refusal to allow her deputies to issue the licenses on her behalf. Her lawyer, Mat Staver, said it was "because that in her understanding and mind is authorizing something that is contrary to her Christian values and convictions."
If Davis wanted to stay true to her Christian values and convictions, perhaps she should have just quit her job. Okay, elected officials resign. That's what she should have done if her Christian values and convictions prevented her from performing the duties of her office.
There are many who say that Davis is exercising her religious freedom rights under the First Amendment. Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, even said in a statement: "Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny." Another lawyer for Davis, Roger Gannam, also said: "Today, for the first time in history, an American citizen has been incarcerated for having the belief of conscience that marriage is the union of one man and one woman."
This is a distortion of the truth. Davis was not incarcerated for her beliefs. She was incarcerated for imposing her beliefs upon same sex couples. And in the process of doing so, she discriminated against them and willingly broke the law.
Here is what the First Amendment says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." How is doing her job as county clerk preventing Davis from freely exercising her religion? It is the First Amendment that indicates that there should be a certain separation of church and state when it comes to her job. Davis can practice her religion all she wants and still do what the law says she has to as county clerk. And if she still has a problem with this idea of the separation of church and state, then she can resign her position as county clerk.
I like what the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, had to say about this issue: "Every public official in our democracy is subject to the rule of law. No one is above the law. That applies to the president of the United States and that applies to the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, as well."
I well understand that it is Davis' view that God's Law is above all human law. While that reality is true for her, it is not true for everyone. Not everyone believes in God or God's Law. As humans, what we all have in common is human law. It is our human laws that create order, even if these laws can sometimes be very far from perfect. Davis is a public servant bound by these human laws of ours. Despite whatever Davis or anyone else may personally believe, God would never want a person to impose His/Her will upon anyone who does not believe in Him/Her. Such matters are between God and each human being. Each human being has their own unique relationship with God, whether or not they embrace such a relationship.
So, let Davis enjoy what she has done to herself. She is not a martyr for her beliefs; by imposing her personal beliefs upon society, she makes martyrs out of all who do not agree with her. #News