Ediorial: Divorce of church and state


A 150-man church choir. A bevy of supporters. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. 

These are all what awaited Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, after she was released from prison Tuesday. Davis remained in prison for five days due to her refusal to grant same-sex couples marriage licenses, citing her Christian beliefs as the reason for doing so. 

The planned demonstration saw thousands come out to support religious freedom, with many crowd goers wielding white crosses and both American and Confederate flags. When Davis walked out of the Carter County Detention Center, applause filled the air and “Eye of the Tiger” played through loud speakers. 

Huckabee unleashed a fervent address, vowing to fight for liberty. 

“I’m not willing to spend one day under the tyranny of people that believe they can take our freedom away,” Huckabee said. 

That’s an awful lot of unwavering support for a woman who blatantly disobeyed a Supreme Court decision and refused to do her job. 

For those who were unaware, a June Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. While that goes against the beliefs of certain individuals and groups, it is now officially the law, and, as inhabitants of the United States, we are all under its jurisdiction. 

That doesn’t mean everyone has to agree, it simply means that people have to tolerate it. As a government employee, refusing to coincide with the ruling because of personal beliefs is the exact opposite of tolerance. 

With a job, the person who holds that position is bound to its responsibilities, which were most likely set long before that person came along. More often than not, it’s not a platform for one to execute a religion-fueled vendetta.

If one can’t keep their own beliefs out of their work, then they simply should not be in that line of work. It gets in the way of productivity and the government should not have to pander to individual qualms. 

People in support of Davis, religious freedom and tolerance can call it unfair or intolerant, but refusing to do what your job asks of you while interfering with another group’s choices and lifestyle is just as intolerant and unfair.