Naturally the conservative response to Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis being put in jail for refusing to uphold her sworn oath to abide by the laws of the Constitution has been swift and absurd. All day my Facebook feed was filled with conservative friends and family members pointing to this as an example of the “criminalization of Christianity.” To honestly believe that Ms. Davis being put in jail for defying court orders to do her job is an “attack on Christianity” is a level of stupidity that simply cannot be reasoned with.
That being said, of all the responses I saw, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s response to her arrest topped them all. In one fairly lengthy rant he managed to:
- Call her arrest the criminalization of Christianity.
- Suggest she’s not breaking any laws because the Supreme Court didn’t have the right to legalize same-sex marriage.
- Call liberals hypocrites for not calling for the arrest of the mayor of San Fransisco over the death of an American at the hands of an illegal immigrant.
- Call for President Obama’s resignation.
- Claim this is a motive to prevent Christians from serving in public office.
I’ll run through a few excerpts from his response, then provide my thoughts on why Cruz is an absolute idiot.
Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.
Actually, she was arrested for violating her sworn oath to uphold our nation’s laws as a public servant by unlawfully (and unconstitutionally) refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Why she refused to do so had nothing to do with her being put in jail. She could have been an atheist who simply didn’t think gay people should get married and she would have still been put in jail for disobeying court orders to do her job. This isn’t about religion, this is about law.
I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to chose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court decision.
Actually, the Obama administration has almost nothing to do with this. It was the Supreme Court that ruled bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, thus legalizing gay marriage in the United States. This “lawless court decision,” as Cruz so ignorantly put it, is 100 percent lawful according to Article Three of the United States Constitution.
Where is the call for President Obama to resign for ignoring and defying our immigration laws, our welfare reform laws, and even his own Obamacare?
Actually, millions of conservatives have called for President Obama to resign and believe he should be impeached. The reason why he hasn’t been impeached, even though Republicans control both the House and the Senate, is because there’s no legal ground on which to impeach him.
Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in pubic office, they must disregard their religious faith–or be sent to jail.
Wrong again. I will repeat, her faith has absolutely nothing to do with why she was put in jail. As a public official who swore to uphold the laws of the State of Kentucky, which are bound by the Constitution, she refused to do the job to which she was elected – in direct violation of a Supreme Court ruling. She was arrested because she broke the law, not because she’s a Christian. Like I said before, the reason why she won’t issue marriage licenses to gay couples does not matter. All that matters is that she refuses to obey the law.
Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so.
No one is stopping her from worshipping God or living according to her faith. But she didn’t choose to work for a church or religious organization, she chose to be a government official.
In this country, to preserve the right for Americans to avoid having someone’s faith forced upon them, there’s a strict separation of church and state. But as I’ve pointed out repeatedly in this article, why she refuses to abide by our nation’s laws is not important. The only thing that matters is she, as an elected public official who is bound by the laws of our Constitution, refuses to obey the law.
The bottom line is, Ms. Davis doesn’t have a legal leg on which to stand. If she doesn’t want to do her job in accordance with the laws of the United States, she’s 100 percent free to resign and seek employment elsewhere.
This has nothing to do with “Christian persecution,” this has to do with an elected official trying to ignore the Constitutional law of the land to discriminate against others. When you choose to do that, there are consequences – as Kim Davis is currently experiencing firsthand.