All the hulabaloo over Kim Davis going to jail for not issuing marriage licenses has me thinking. Simply put, no matter where you stand on the moral side of the issue it is a fact that she did not do her job because of her personal ideals. Hero, martyr, or villain depends on your own personal beliefs.
One of the supposed ideals of the United States is the separation of church and state. To put it simply, the state has no business in which church you go to or who you worship.
This separation has been slipping and looking back at our fairly recent history an interesting comparison can be made. When JFK was running for president many in the nation questioned what would happen to the nation with an openly practicing Catholic as president. The nation worried about religion in government. Under JFK’s guidance we went to the moon and saw great advances in science that we still enjoy today and the nation prospered.
Flash forward to the election of George W Bush. One of the selling points of the campaign to elect Bush the second was his religion. The nation at this point was, and still is, obsessed with what church the candidates went to. His relationship with God was seen as a path to great leadership. (That, and the tax money he was going to give everybody.) With the election of Bush the younger rather than go to the moon we went to war. Rather than work together to get things done we became a nation that throws temper tantrums and shuts down everything just because we don’t like someone. Our pursuit of piety in leadership has seen the middle class get destroyed. We started giving passes to anybody that causes harm in the name of the correct form of worship. We have given up rationality and compassion to our fellow man in the pursuit of going to the proper church.
That is what all this boils down to. Being able to rape, pillage, discriminate, and destroy in the name of religion. You can do whatever you want to do when God is on your side. For example, since 1976 one single issue has brought our government to a halt four out of eighteen times. Abortion alone has caused 22% of the government shutdowns. How much time and effort has been wasted tilting at issues that have no bearing on how the nation functions based solely on the writings of people that died over 2000 years ago?
So what is the answer? It’s so simple that the nation should be ashamed that the question even needs to be asked. Kick the pontificators back to the church where they came from and belong. Stop asking candidates which church they go to because not only does it not matter, but church doesn’t automatically make one a good person. (Just ask an altar boy.) Stop cheering when someone says “God wants me to run for office.” Return to distrusting religion that seeks political power. Religion is not what makes America or any other nation great. I challenge you to find any first world nation that uses religion to guide policy. Give rational thought a try.
And if the Kim Davis’ of the world don’t want to do the job they were hired to do, fine, that is their choice and they are entitled to object. But they are not entitled to use their government position to force their religion on the rest of us. That is, after all, what the Taliban/ISIS/Iran would do and we hate them. They worship God wrong.
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