Opinion: Kim Davis stance not about religious liberty

I am shocked at the ignorance that has been on display regarding Clerk Kim Davis’s refusal to issue same sex marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky.

Far too many people blithely comment that Davis should not have to issue those licenses, because her conservative Christian religious beliefs condemn homosexuality.

If this support for Davis is really about religious beliefs, then a Baptist who thinks Catholics are not really Christian, an evangelical who thinks that Mormons are heretics, and a fundamentalist who thinks that divorce is against God’s law, would all be able to deny any and all of these non believers a marriage license.

That of course is ridiculous, and the vast majority of people would understand that isn’t right.

We don’t even have to get into the Biblical laws against eating shrimp, or wearing blue, or working on the Sabbath, all of which presumably could be used to deny someone a marriage license.

So this current social tempest is not really about religious liberty.  In fact, it is about being able to discriminate against the last identifiable group that does not have any legal protections, the LGBT community, attempting to use religious beliefs as a justification.

That justification is built on sand, because it is the same reasoning that was used to defend owning black slaves, keeping women from voting, preventing mixed race marriages, and the list goes on.

Public discrimination against gays is just the latest in a long and terrible history of publicly discriminating against minority groups.  And misusing religion, like Kim Davis is doing, becomes all too obvious, once  people stop to realize that religious liberty is being able to believe whatever you want; it does not mean that you can publicly discriminate against or otherwise harm anyone you want.

Kim Davis and her erstwhile supporters need to understand that they are wrong, because the next time around, an extremist Muslim clerk will start to refuse to issue marriage licenses to people who eat pork, or women who are not fully covered.

Does anyone really think that Kim Davis and her friends will then rush in to defend that Muslim clerk’s religious based refusal to issue those marriage licenses?

Of course not, because that would be ridiculous, just as ridiculous as Kim Davis is being today!

Editor’s note: Mr. Greco is a resident of Scottsdale.

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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