After several days and nights in jail for contempt of court, Kim Davis spent last weekend at home, resting and reading the hundreds of letters of support she had received for her bid to save marriage from commitment-minded Kentucky homosexuals. I would figure by now she’s received thousands.
A lot of people believe as she does. A lot of people think Davis is doing a great thing by putting her religious beliefs ahead of her sworn duty to provide government services to people.
I do not. Neither does former Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of seven books on the constitution and a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel.
In a brilliantly straight-forward piece, Napolitano wrote that the Constitution, “guarantees individuals the lawful ability to practice their religion free from government interference. It does not permit those in government to use their offices to deny the rights of those who reject their beliefs.”
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Napolitano said Davis is free to believe as she wishes, free to practice her beliefs. What she is not free to do, the former judge known for his “strict constructionist” view of the Constitution said, is “to use the force of law to further her beliefs by denying legal rights to those who do not believe as she does.”
It’s as simple as that, as any actual conservative would see clearly and declare loudly – if the belief being stood for were that of a Buddhist or Muslim instead of an Apostolic Christian.
The truth is, freedom of religion largely does mean freedom from religion, though many Americans are fine with the idea of religion controlling government as long as it’s their religion at the controls.
As for Kim Davis, she is back on the job, but not issuing marriage licenses to Adam and Andy or Eve and Evelyn. Her deputy clerk is doing the dastardly deed of issuing the icky licenses.
Davis persists in telling others how to live; standing firm to save the sanctity of marriage from the homosexuals. Although, as she is an adulterer with out-of-wedlock children now on her fourth husband, I wonder who’s saving marriage from Kim Davis?
She has become almost ubiquitous. Kim Davis may be the most visible face of Christianity currently in the news. She’s giving Pope Francis a run for the money.
A few months ago there was a big swirl when a survey came out saying the number of Americans identifying themselves as Christian is falling. There was hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth over why.
C’mon. Is it really that tough to figure out?
Larson is the mid-morning host on WBT-AM (1100).
An editorial in Wednesday’s opinion pages misidentified City Council member John Autry’s district. He represents District 5.