Did a bit of research, some old-school journalism. Turns out, while the Apostolic Christian Church definitely defines marriage as between one man and one woman, its 17th belief in its Statement of Belief is …
“Governmental authority is respected and obeyed. Members serve in a non-combatant status in the military. Oaths are not taken, but truth is affirmed.”
And the church’s founder, Samuel Froehlich, was a big supporter of the separation of church and state. This belief appears to have been central to his life and spirituality, and he eventually ran afoul of the Swiss Reformed Church, of which he was a Vicar, for questioning the intertwined nature of that church with the state. The church’s leaders eventually dismissed him.
I think what Kim Davis is forgetting is that no one is asking for her opinion on, or blessing of, gay marriage.
As County Clerk, all she’s tasked with doing is issuing marriage licenses according to the laws and regulations of her county. No one is asking her to be either for or against gay marriage.
The licenses are issued by the county and under their authority. Not hers. Not God’s. She is wrong to see this as the government forcing to her to personally believe in anything. She still holds her beliefs regarding gay marriage. She said so in court. She’s free to hold those beliefs in jail as well. A change in her beliefs in not what the government seeks as a condition of her release.
So then is she being punished for her beliefs? No. She is being punished for defying a court order instructing her to do her job. In not doing her job by not issuing a marriage license to any couple legally allowed to receive one, the state is thusly discriminating against those she chooses not to serve. Davis’ dereliction of duty has exposed her county to federal discrimination violations: she’s putting the county on the hook. And if there’s one thing that our democratic legal system — and our constitution — abhors is a single person acting as both judge and jury.
Davis is simply wrong to assume that she has any legal authority whatsoever to decide unilaterally how her county should act in this matter. This isn’t about her. Her beliefs are not relevant. She is free to believe whatever she wants whenever she, even on the job. She simply cannot act on them. God and Jesus would not find fault in her for issuing marriage licenses to those she and they feel should not have them; if they were to find any fault at all it would be with her employer (as I think there’s bible scripture about such a dynamic).
I’m not putting a lot of faith in Americans rising up to “start a political revolution” and/or “take back our government”. Most Americans don’t even show up. To vote. We’re way too lazy to change things, and that’s why our politicians get away with what they do: we’re simply not paying any attention.
Start a revolution? We Americans like to think we act like Johnny Strabler on his motorcycle (Marlon Brando in The Wild One) and reply “what have you got?” but we actually just stay on the sofa and act more like Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and overestimate our abilities, pine for the past, and remain unable to meet present-day challenges.
We’re rebels stuck on pause.
(Not that we need to start a revolution or take back anything, we just need to make a few minor changes. American is a country of excellent marketing abilities and tendencies; saying we need epic change is like saying a person NEEDS TO drink eight glasses of water a day.)
If someone does not share your religious beliefs, that does not mean your beliefs are being violated.
If you have strongly held religious beliefs and your job does something that does not fit with those beliefs, you have two options: put those beliefs aside while at work or leave that job.
That’s how it works in the US, how it’s always worked.
Your religion is a lifestyle choice that you can’t expect everyone else to choose. Your employer has to make reasonable accommodations for your religious beliefs; it can’t forbid you to wear a crucifix or a star of David or any religious hat or scarf or head dress. But expecting your employer to discriminate against other people due to your particular religious beliefs is both unreasonable and illegal.
“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” visits New Jersey, but then hits all the crappy parts known.
It’s a blurry line separating Uber and hitchhiking, isn’t it?
Your garment steamer can be used to prepare a quick and nutritious meal. Just wave it over your favorite food items — broccoli, kale, little neck clams — as you would your Loro Piana blazzer and lunch is ready in seconds!