Being that I’ve written several articles over the last week or so slamming the absurdity concerning Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and those who continue to support her, I’ve been inundated with her supporters messaging me to express their feelings about what a godless, certain-to-burn-in-hell demon I apparently am. In fact, just yesterday one of these awesome folks informed me that people like myself are going to bring about the “raft of God.”
Yes – the raft of God. I guess that’s actually a good thing considering if there’s ever another “great flood,” a raft would come in handy. Rafts for everybody!
Needless to say, this circus doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. In fact, her supporters only seem to be growing louder. So I thought I’d lend a helping hand and provide several responses to counter some of the most common pro-Davis rhetoric I’ve encountered over the last few days.
1. She shouldn’t be forced to choose between her career and her faith: Nobody is asking her to choose. She’s the one who chose to become a public servant. As the Supreme Court ruled in 2006 (in a majority conservative decision no less):
We hold that when public employees make statements pursuant to their official duties, the employees are not speaking as citizens for First Amendment purposes, and the Constitution does not insulate their communications from employer discipline.
In other words, public employees are not given autonomy to say or do whatever they want while carrying out official duties. Not only that, but Davis is an elected official who swore an oath to abide by the laws of the land – which are bound by the Constitution. Her job isn’t to marry people. Her signature is nothing more than her signing off on the fact that two individuals are legally allowed under our laws to get married – she is not the one marrying them.
2. The Supreme Court doesn’t have the power to write laws: That’s right, the Supreme Court doesn’t have that power. And when same-sex marriage was legalized in June, no new laws were created. The only thing that happened were laws that prevented same-sex couples from marrying were challenged in court; these challenges eventually made their way to the Supreme Court; and upon hearing arguments from both sides the Supreme Court ruled that these laws that had been put in place to prevent same-sex couples from marrying were unconstitutional. This is not unprecedented as it’s essentially the same thing that happened in 1967 when interracial marriage bans were struck down. Again, the Supreme Court did not write any laws.
3. This is judicial tyranny run amok: Actually, this is exactly how our Founding Fathers set up our Constitution to work. They added a judicial branch to ensure that laws could not be passed that would violate the rights of Americans. And, if so, those laws could be overturned by the highest court in our land. The only thing the Supreme Court can’t overrule is a Constitutional Amendment. Their job is quite literally to interpret laws based upon our Constitution – which is exactly what they did back in June.
raft wrath is going to come down upon the United States for allowing gay marriage: Now, if that were really the case, then why hasn’t Canada (or the other 18 nations that have legalized same-sex marriage) been wiped off the face of the planet? Canada legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago – the Earth has still kept spinning.
5. What gives you the right to redefine marriage?: Well, in this case, the Constitution. But the fact is, marriage is not exclusive to Christianity. In reality, the legal definition of marriage in the United States has no religious ties whatsoever. Two atheists are perfectly allowed to get married without a single bit of religion being a part of their wedding. And the argument “that’s how it’s always been” doesn’t matter. At one point in time slavery was just “something that had always been” but we did away with that, didn’t we? Besides, no one is “redefining marriage.” Marriage has been, and always will be, a union between two adult people who love each other and want to pledge their lives to one another.
Bonus. Kim Davis being thrown in jail is the first step to criminalizing Christianity: No, it’s not. Her religion plays no part in this from a legal standpoint. The judge ordered her to jail because of the fact that she’s a public official who refused to abide by the laws of our land as supported by the Constitution. Why she’s refusing to do her job is irrelevant. By refusing to do her job as a public servant she’s infringing on the Fourteenth Amendment rights of same-sex couples.
Again, why she’s choosing to infringe upon the rights of gay Americans doesn’t matter. As a public official she’s not protected under the guise of “freedom of religion” to defy our Constitution being that this nation is ruled by Constitutional law – not biblical.