Posted: 09/02/15 10:07
by Dave Mindeman
We are hearing a lot about the First Amendment these days...
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...
The conservative right has made a big deal about the "free exercise" of a personal religious belief.
But they tend to ignore the more important aspect..."make no law respecting an establishment of religion".
In the case of the Kentucky clerk who is denying marriage applications to gay couples, we have a violation of that First Amendment clause.
The clerk represents the State of Kentucky. She has established that her religious belief takes precedence over anyone who seeks out her government services.
She has established her religion as the law of that county.
She has lost in court...all the way up to the Supreme Court. And since she has violated the First Amendment, she needs to be fired. Held in contempt. And if it were me, she would be sent to jail.
You do not get to "exercise" your personal religious beliefs if you hold a government job. You just don't. You are expected to expedite the standing legal regulations which your job espouses.
And the fact that other Kentucky officials are allowing this "exercise" means that they should be held in contempt as well. This isn't about God's law...take that to your church. If your job is to work for the government, then you don't get to interpret the laws as you see fit.
You just get to do the job, period.
This lady's 15 minutes of fame are now up.