I am sure many of you are aware of Kim Davis, the Rowan Kentucky county clerk who is attempting to become the martyr of the day for not doing her job and issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
I rarely ever do social justice commentary because of the opposing, sometimes passionate views of both sides of the argument. After following this story in its entirety for the last several weeks, I felt compelled to offer some thoughts on this civil servant’s ‘Freedom of Religion’ and the hypocrisy surrounding her motives.
After the Supreme Court denied her request for stay and demanded she begin issuing marriage licenses yesterday, she defied the court and again turned away same-sex couples who were there to get their license. She said she felt obligated to tell them that there will be judgement (from God) for their actions. All of this, in a public courthouse where all citizens are to be treated equally, under the law, whether she feels like they should or not.
No one, even those wanting marriage licenses, denies the fact that Kim Davis is free to practice her religion in her home, in her church (as is protected by the constitution). The problem Davis runs in to is she is a civil servant (government employee) who took an oath to uphold the constitution of the United States.
Agree with it or not, as of June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are protected (under the 14th amendment of the constitution) when it comes to the civil, legal protections that marriage provides; the same constitution that protects her freedom of religion. That means, as a civil servant, she can not deny individuals the same equal protections afforded straight couples because she doesn’t agree with it. The failure to do her job has landed her in contempt of court, which means hefty fines, penalties, she will probably lose her job and could even serve jail time for not doing what she swore under oath she would do.
Many conservative Christian commentaries will paint her as a hero/martyr, when the sad truth is her hypocrisy will only give Christianity another black eye in a country that is already turning away from the church in droves because of this very same hypocritical, ‘do as I say not as I do’ attitude.
Why is she hypocritical you may ask? Lets see:
- She wants to protect the sanctity of marriage, yet she has been married four times herself.
- If she is following the bible and turning away couples because of their sin, I would ask her when was the last time she asked a straight couple if they had sex before marriage or if the couple getting a license had been divorced before issuing a license.
- These kind of individuals who choose to cherry pick the bible to suit their own needs, while claiming to be righteous/holy is hypocritical by its very definition.
When did certain church folk decide the Love of Jesus was not enough. A song, recorded by the Old Paths recently keeps running through my mind; “Love Them To Jesus”.
**I wanted to also talk about freedom of religion, which is making headlines (even from Presidential candidates), but I will save that for a future commentary.