I’ll always remember my time at a previous employer when we had a general manager who really wasn’t very good at his job. He was a nice enough guy, but he was really lazy. For those of us in leadership roles, that meant we were often left to do things we shouldn’t have had to do because of his laziness. This prompted many of my fellow employees to frequently complain that they wished he would get transferred so we could get a GM who did their job.
That’s eventually what ended up happening. Well, at least part of that ended up happening.
Our fairly nice but sadly lazy general manager was replaced by a much lazier, arrogant, cocky, and far dumber individual. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before most of my co-workers were wishing we had our old GM back.
As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.
That’s exactly what I’ll say to Kim Davis and those who believe she has the right to cite her religious beliefs to ignore our Constitutional law. You see, our Constitution sets up a very nice separation of church and state. While they weren’t infallible, our Founding Fathers were smart enough to know that religion and government should not mix.
If this woman is allowed to get her way, as millions of conservatives who support her seem to think she should, all they’re doing is opening the door for Sharia law in the United States. In this country, if you begin to define “freedom of religion” as the ability for someone to force their religious views on others (especially as it relates to elected officials like Davis), then you have to allow all religions to be treated equally under the law.
You can’t say Davis has the right to cite her religious beliefs to deny gay Americans their Constitutional rights to get married, but then oppose the right for a Muslim DMV to cite their religion if they decided to refuse to issue drivers licenses to women based upon their beliefs.
Not only that, but what if a judge who practices or converts to Islam begins to rule based on Sharia law instead of our Constitution? Using the “logic” of Kim Davis and her supporters, that should be legal. After all, people like Mike Huckabee seem to think that someone’s religious beliefs trump the laws supported by our Supreme Court and our Constitution. So, in their minds a person should never be forced to adhere to laws they feel go against their faith.
Hell, Huckabee flat-out said that Americans have the right to ignore “ungodly laws.”
We all know this isn’t about religious freedom, and we damn well know it’s not about every religion being treated equally. This is about those in this country who believe this nation was founded on Christianity. Those who think that the Bible – not the Constitution – is the law of the land. People like Kim Davis, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz who believe “freedom of religion” means they’re free to force their religion on others.
But as I said earlier, these folks need to be careful what they wish for. If they’re successful in their push to allow Davis to place her faith above our Constitution – in a country where all religions must be treated fairly and equally – they will have essentially opened the door for Sharia law to one day find its way into our society.
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