Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Kim Davis, Gay Marriage, And The Rule Of Law

                If Kim Davis had been a Muslim, she would not have been jailed for her refusal to grant same-sex marriage licenses. Period.  Who are we to impose on their religion, would have been the prevailing wisdom?
                Mowing the lawn a few days ago, I listened via my headphones to pundits, talkers and sports-gabbers on various radio stations all saying the exact same things about this story. “While Kim Davis has every right to believe what she wants (you could actually hear their eyes rolling and the bile building up inside of them as they uttered this), if she works for the government she must adhere to the law. The rule of law is the overarching tenet here. The bedrock principle of a democracy.  No decent society can long exist without it! One can’t pick and choose which laws one obeys!  (Obama sure does, and don’t get me started on illegal immigration hypocrisy!)The freaking Supreme Court (nine unelected guys) decided this issue! Duh! You can believe what you want (much eye-rolling), but if you work for the government you must obey the (their) law. Civil law must always take precedence over religious (God’s) law, for the good of society. Kim Davis is anything but a martyr or a hero!”
                On and on it went (I have a decent size yard). Same topic, same beliefs.  Mainstream, lock-step, close-minded, intolerant,  political-correctness somehow  trotted out as actual thought…and courage. What would these same radio-robots say if abortion was banned by the decree of the Supreme Court and Kim Davis was petitioning to have one? Huh? Yes, they’d probably be a tad less vociferous in their dismissal of her. We probably wouldn’t hear, “it’s the law, bitch, get over it!”
                Rosa Parks was anything but a hero?! Right? I mean, she went against the established law on segregation! What her own  government had established as  rule of law. And slavery? Back in the day it was simply the law of the (Confederate) land. You can’t let your silly little personal “religious” objections  interfere with your government’s dictates!
                The Third Reich’s law of the land was that Jews were anathema. They were what prevented Aryans from always being in their proper position as the master race. A good German did what the hell he or she was told, dictates of their conscience be damned. Their government’s laws and ethos commanded them to discriminate against- and perhaps  gas- Jews. So they did. Like most totalitarian societies throughout history, they mocked and attempted to ban religion. Not everyone always obeyed. Many who didn’t were imprisoned or killed. Law of the land, you see. Man’s rule.
                It was not legal for women to vote until 1920. If Kim Davis had been around prior to that date and said that her religious beliefs told her she should go down to the local precinct and stand in line and attempt to cast a vote, would today’s pundits and morality makers look at that behavior as remarkably “extreme?!” The complete bullshit that the self-congratulatory, holier-than-thou, (wildly intolerant) tolerant, elite chattering  class spew forth on a daily basis is breathtaking at times. Rarely stepping down from the comfortable pedestal they’ve put themselves on to seriously contemplate any opposing viewpoint, they typically just shake their collectivist heads and mutter, “do these rubes really believe this crap about the sanctity and sacredness of male-female marriage  and the right to bear arms and all the other b.s.?”
                The  shallow and dim tend to reply, “well, the right to gay marriage and women’s right to vote and being pro-choice…they’re all inclusive rights, so they are superior!”  Really? That simple? The right to bear arms and the right to life are truly inclusive…and closely related at that. And, they are actual rights! In fact, the right to the free exercise of religion,  freedom of speech and  the right to bear arms are all proclaimed in the first two Amendments to the Constitution.( Oddly enough, if one looks particularly closely at the Bill of Rights, one will find no right to kill one’s fetus and have its parts sold to a third party for  profit).
                Apparently, a good American county clerk does what she is told/commanded to do by her federal government, her deepest religious beliefs be damned, even if she happens to be a locally elected servant acting on her constituents wishes!
                (Is Kim Davis a sinner? Like all of us, I’m sure she is. Has she led a perfect life? Nope, nor has anyone recently. Do we need the rule of law? Of course we do).
                Today, the American people are actually being deliberately prevented from learning how and why this nation was founded, in large part by their own current governing class. Many, if not the large majority of early American settlers, came to this country fleeing government harassment, religious intolerance and religious repression.
                The famously irreligious Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Man has been subjected by his Creator to the moral  law, of which his feelings, or conscience as it is sometimes called, are the evidence with which his Creator has furnished him…The moral duties which exist between individual and individual in a state of nature, accompany them into a state of society, their Maker not having released them from those duties on their forming themselves into a nation.”
                Sir William Blackstone, an eminent English jurist, helped pave the way for the American Experiment to succeed. He stated, “Man…must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator…This will of his Maker is called the law of nature…This law of nature…is of course superior to any other…No human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this: and such of them as are valid derive all their force…from this original.”
                Many people are extremely concerned about the path this country is going down. Where will it end? The world as a whole is in no better shape. People feel that ‘things are slipping away’ and there is no underlying sense that we can do anything we set our minds to do. People no longer believe our best days are ahead of us. There is no reasonable, positive, strong, truly benevolent leader on the horizon. No Reagan (or  Thatcher, Walesa, John Paul II, etc.) appears to be waiting in the wings to rescue us.

                Is there a way out? Yes, but one, and only one.

We need to follow the Laws of Nature, not mock them.

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