Today is a sad day for our republic.
As we reported earlier this summer, the Supreme Court’s ruling to force same-sex marriage upon all 50 states was teeing up a sure conflict between same-sex marriage and an individual’s First Amendment right to freedom of religion. And indeed, that’s exactly what’s happened, as we’ve been reporting.
Today, it seems our government has declared a “winner” in the conflict between same-sex marriage and religious freedom. Anyone want to guess who came out on the losing end of that one in Obama’s America?
Sadly, today one woman is going to JAIL for standing on her religious beliefs. As USA Today reports, Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was found in contempt of court Thursday for her refusal to issue marriage licenses in wake of the Supreme Court decision to allow gays to wed. Ms. Davis is now in the custody of U.S. marshals until she complies.
Yes, folks, we ARE still in the United States of America, though it is everyday become more “transformed” as our dear president promised. However, there are still many of us unwilling to let our republic die without a fight, and Ms. Davis is one of them. As she told Fox News earlier, Ms. Davis was prepared to go to jail if it came to that:
“I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to go to jail, I sure am,” Mrs. Davis told me in an exclusive interview. “This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me. This is about upholding the word of God.”
“This is a heaven or hell issue for me and for every other Christian that believes,” she said. “This is a fight worth fighting.”
Couldn’t agree more that our First Amendment rights are worth fighting for.
Hey, where’s the “reasonable accommodation” by the government for Ms. Davis’ religious beliefs? As Rand Paul suggested, for example, how about allowing a notary to stamp and sign the marriage licenses, which Ms. Davis could then file? I’m sure there are other possibilities as well for this woman who was dutifully fulfilling her job — until the Supreme Court changed the job requirements earlier this summer with its same-sex marriage ruling.
Or is this more about making a statement about whose rights really matter in today’s America? As we reported here earlier today, while Ms. Davis is being persectued and even personally attacked by the left for defending her religious beliefs, one Muslim woman defending her religious beliefs is being championed as a “victim.” So is it a case where all men are created equal — and just some more “equal” than others?, with the left being the arbiters of that?
Whether intentional or not, today’s decision surely does send a message that being Christian in the United States today is no longer protected by our Constitution.
Sad day indeed for our republic.