So this Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, an elected official (Democrat) and therefore unfireable, has refused under court order to issue gmarriage licenses. The judge was asked by lawyers representing two persons suffering same-sex attraction to fine Davis and not jail her, but the judge reasoned Christians would come to Davis’s monetary aide and so tossed her into the hoosegow to punish her and force her to violate her religious beliefs.
Davis is a sinner and corrupted, as we all are. She has been civilly divorced and she has since undergone gmarriages herself—don’t forget gmarriage means government-defined marriage, and not real or actual marriage, which is, by universal definition, one-man, one-woman to death do them part. (Even those in gmarriages can be forgiven.)
The argument of hypocrisy carries no force here. This is the argument that, since Davis has sinned before, she ought to sin again, which is absurd. Another non-starter is that because Davis took an oath to uphold the laws of her state, she ought to follow all new laws that arise. Yet “I was just following orders” is a despicable defense. Illegal and immoral orders or laws ought not to be followed.
Is issuing gmarriage licenses a sin? I think it is. It is participating in an evil; it is to be complicit in the act, albeit in small way. Davis thinks it’s a sin. She said:
To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word. It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Davis went on to ask for, in effect, conscientious objector status; that others and not she should handle gmarriage licenses.
Those are the preliminaries. Let us not argue the law, because that subject is murky and beside the point: we are asking if Davis can violate the law while maintaining her position.
The Tolerance Brigade cheered Davis’s incarceration, proving once again that the Tolerant enjoy the pain of their enemies. Jailing clerks for refusing government-sanctioned sin is not going to last, however, even if the Tolerant demand it, because Davis did not violate any criminal law, and she couldn’t be fired like most people in her position could be. She was held in contempt, which is very different. Anyway, the class of unfireable folks like Davis is small.
The more interesting argument is the wide-spread and persistent call for Davis, and others like Davis, to resign. Those making that cry are equivalently saying, “We don’t want faithful Christians in government.” The Tolerant believe that if the government says “Jump!” the only possible response is “How high?” To the Tolerant, it is government which defines right and wrong, and if (traditional) Christianity disagrees, they say the Christian should concede to the “higher” power, which is government. The Tolerant have no tolerance for Christian exemptions. The Tolerant believe everybody should think alike.
Remember that Christian Colorado baker who refused baking a cake for a gmarriage? A judge forced him and his employees into a reeducation camp. The judge called it “sensitivity training”. The judge told the man he had no choice but to violate his conscience if he wanted to stay in business. The call from the Tolerant in that case was the same as with Davis: the Tolerant said the man should get out of business. He should resign.
The same is happening elsewhere in the world to Christian hospitalist doctors who refused to kill the lives inside women. The Tolerant say that if these doctors can’t follow orders, then they should resign.
What’s next? If a Christian public school teacher doesn’t want to teach the “benefits” of anal sex, she should resign. If a Christian state college professor doesn’t want to add a lecture on “diversity” in his course on particle physics, he should resign. If a Christian judge doesn’t want to perform a civil gmarriage, he should resign. If the Christian nurse doesn’t want to inject the “patient” with the euthanizing drug, she should resign. If the Christian day care doesn’t want to accommodate a boy who is pretending to be a girl, they should resign their business.
As the Blonde Bombshell suggested to me, our culture is saying to Christians, If you like your religion, you can keep your religion.