Two days ago, I wrote about Kim Davis blatant disregard for the Constitutional rights for other people, and even though I had a good go at her then, I’m not done!
When I look at the picture above, I think about the early colonists and immigrants to what is today USA. They came there, not really knowing what they were running towards – the land was poorly mapped for them. They did know what they were running from. For some it was a chance to better their lives, for others it was to avoid prosecution for their religious beliefs. Of course, those already there, the Native Americans, knew the land already. I will do us all a favor and not go into the wrongful treatment of the Native Americans, a topic that really gets me going. Let’s just not go there (this time).
I have not read American History, nor American Government, since 1990. Turns out that my memory is still intact, despite the fact that I – according to the Karate Kid – am older than dirt, and probably was present when they invented the wheel. I was sitting here thinking about the importance for the founding fathers to write a Constitution that separates church and state. Wasn’t it so? Indeed it was! USA’s third President, Thomas Jefferson, was one of the most important influences on the Constitution. He was adamant that church and state must be separated.
The «Establishment Clause» in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibits both the Federal and State governments from establishing a national church or excessively involving itself in religion. The «Free Exercise Clause» protects the individual rights of free exercise of religious practices. However, the Supreme Court has consistently held that the right to free exercise is not absolute. Particularly it protects your right to believe whatever you want – but not necessarily the practice – especially the practice that would be harmful to others. (Even if you believe that human sacrifice is the best way to honor your god – you are still not free to kill people.)
The founding fathers, and all others who were mapping a new country, both politically and geographically, would turn in their graves if they knew how much God has been gradually incorporated into politics in the USA. The founding Fathers and Jefferson in particular, were super smart people who did a fantastic job with the Constitution, and in the other ways they mapped and built a Government. American politicians after WW2 appears to be a lot less smart (50% of everything they say and do is utter bullshit! Oh, that as rude, best disavow that statement right away: 50% of everything they say and do is NOT utter bullshit!) Politicians collecting votes by professing how religious they are, and replacing the (unofficial) non-religious «E pluribus Unum» with «In God we trust» as official motto of the US in 1956 – are two examples of incorporating religion in government. The gravest example of this is (in my opinion) is the addition of the words «under God» in the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. Although this God this one Nation is under, is not specified, and can therefore be any God you choose, it still excludes the non-believers. The Atheists. The first amendment must also include those who do not believe in any divine power, protecting their freedom not to believe, so to speak, and it therefore seems strange to me that the Pledge of Allegiance would exclude the non-believers. It is – after all – the same flag; no matter what you believe in or not. If I was a US citizen, I would not be able to pledge my allegiance, because I do not believe in any god.
«I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.»
When Kim Davis in the first video clip on this blogpost answers the question of under whose authority she refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, with: «Under Gods authority», she shows her ignorance. I suspect that she flunked out of both history and government classes. A gentleman points out to her that it is not her business, and that he actually pay her wages, thus he pays her to discriminate against him. This is absolutely true. Kim Davis’ employers are the inhabitants of Rowan County. They are her boss! She works for them! Not God! Someone should read her employment papers more carefully. Gawd!
Kim Davis is so in the wrong here that it’s not even funny. God has no authority what so ever at her workplace. Also, a major point here, is that the god-figures (yes there are two different gods, it is quite clear when you read both the Old and the New Testament) portrayed in her dear Bible are sexist pigs. She, as a woman, would never be given any authority from god. As it says many places in the Bible; women are not to speak against men, and this passage from 1 Timothy 2:11-15 says it very clear:
«Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing.»
In other words, Kim Davis is acting under gods authority – in spite of gods will. If she is upholding one (very small) part of the book, then she must embrace, accept and uphold the whole damn thing! Thus, she is way out of bounds here.