Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Wall Between Church and State

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

There's a lot of anger and outrage along the back roads of rural America.  People are pissed off that the Supreme Court of the United States has defied the clear will of God with its decision allowing gays to marry - each other.  They are mad, and in their own futile ways they are trying to fight back at this surging tide of legalized immorality.

I'm not sure whether a baker can be legally forced to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple or not, but I do know that I could never knowingly consume a slice of a cake prepared by a hopeless bigot.  In my mind, if the baker doesn't want the business, so be it.  The economic marketplace will eventually eliminate the need for his struggling business.  The same goes with self-righteous florists.

But I think a line has to be drawn when it comes to elected public officials.

Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, made news last week when he told county clerks in his state to follow their consciences when it came to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  Paxton said he would try to help them come up with free lawyers to defend their hopeless legal stance.  And in Kentucky this week, a county clerk is being hauled into federal court for refusing to do her job and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

People are opting out of doing their jobs (and sworn duties) because to do so goes against their firmly held religious beliefs.   What's a God-fearing, elected public servant to do?

And the answer is so simple.  Those elected by the public to do a job, must perform the functions they were elected to do - all of the functions.  If a religious belief comes into play that interferes with people doing their jobs, then they must set that religious concern aside and perhaps pray about it when they get home - or they must step aside themselves and let somebody who is not a hostage to religion handle the responsibilities of the job.

The county clerk in Kentucky had better get ready to make a hard decision.   The judge handling her case understands the law, and if the clerk doesn't - she soon will.

It's almost seems as though some of these goobers don't believe there is a wall between church and state.   They seem to think that religion should have a deep and abiding influence on government - like it does in Iran!

1 comment:

Xobekim said...

Issuing marriage certificates and / or license applications are ministerial, not discretionary, functions of the office holder. The remedy for those denied these documents is to hire a lawyer. She will then file a petition with the local court of competent jurisdiction for the extraordinary Writ of Mandamus. A hearing will be held and the Judge, who does not want to be overturned by a higher court, will issue the order mandating that the office holder perform his job by issuing the requested papers.