Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of the Supreme Court and our Constitution, has become a dominant figure in the news lately. While I know many people are probably sick of hearing about her, this whole situation is extremely important. She has no chance at “winning” (the truth is she’s already lost), but this entire ordeal has put on the forefront those people in our country who believe their religious beliefs should trump our Constitution laws.
Though, to be fair, the Davis situation is slightly more ridiculous than most. This is a woman who claims she’s “standing up for the sanctity of marriage” – after she’s been married four times, divorced three times and had at least one extramarital affair.
So, I thought I’d list 10 questions I think everyone who might happen to encounter Ms. Davis, or any of her supporters, should ask these people who seem to believe that religious beliefs trump Constitutional law.
1. If you believe religion gives someone the right to violate Constitutional laws, do you believe there should be limits on that? And if so, what limits?
2. Do you believe a judge should have the right to deny a divorce if they believe that divorce goes against their religious beliefs?
3. Should a Muslim working at the Department of Motor Vehicles be able to deny a woman her driver’s license if they don’t believe women should have the right to drive?
4. If you were trying to order food at a restaurant, should a Hindu server have the right to not allow you to order anything made from beef because they believe cows are sacred?
5. Should a county clerk who doesn’t believe in divorce have the right to deny a marriage license to someone who’s been previously married?
6. Since adultery is punishable by death in the Bible, should cheating on your spouse be considered a felonious act that qualifies for the death penalty?
7. Should county clerks who believe “biblical marriage” is only allowed between a man and a woman be allowed to refuse marriage licenses to people who aren’t Christians?
8. Since bans on interracial marriage were overturned by the Supreme Court (the same way same-sex marriage bans were stricken down) do you now believe county clerks should have the right to deny marriage licenses to interracial couples citing their religious beliefs?
9. If someone said their religious beliefs allow them to marry women under the age of 18 without their parents’ permission, should that be allowed?
10. Unless you’re going to follow all the rules written in the Bible, how can you logically justify using it as a reference for “law” when you willfully ignore the parts that you, yourself, don’t want to follow?
Alright, well that will wrap this up. I hope everyone reading this will use these questions whenever they come across someone who supports Kim Davis. In fact, I would encourage everyone to email this to Ms. Davis – maybe she’ll answer these questions when she gets out of jail.
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