Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Did Kim Davis jump the shark for religious liberty?

The Washington Post reports that the efforts of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to block gay people from marrying are not viewed kindly by her fellow Americans, and indeed may have harmed the call for religious liberty.
Sixty-three percent of Americans say Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples regardless of her religious objections, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed say it is more important to treat everyone equally than to accommodate someone’s religious beliefs when the two principles conflict. That view held sway across a broad range of Americans, including majorities of self-identified Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives.
You already know who the hold-outs are, right? White Evangelicals and those who ID as VERY conservative.  I don't think the ones in the courthouse shrieking "pervert" at the gay couples are helping the cause, though.

Writing in Time Magazine, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  is dismayed at the way that politicians advocate that laws they dislike should be ignored.
When politicians support Davis in defying the U.S. Supreme Court, they are making it clear why they should never be elected to any office, let alone the Presidency of the United States where they would take the oath to “support and defend the Constitution” since they are emphatically telling America that they wouldn’t support and defend it. They have announced that if you sincerely disagree with the Constitution, feel free to ignore it. And not just ignore it, make sure to use your position so that others are barred from following it.... 
Once the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether or not a law is constitutional, then that’s the law of the land until the Constitution is amended. If the majority of the people want it amended then it will be. That’s the democracy we’re always celebrating on the Fourth of July and bragging about to other countries. However, if we get to break any law we don’t personally believe in, we will have destroyed the country. It’s shocking to me that anyone supports government officials overriding the Constitution to impose their personal beliefs on the people. It’s especially shocking when those who want to be president advocate it.
So, it appears that the majority of Americans support the rule of law and the fair and equal access of all people to government.  We'll see if they vote that way.

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