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Prominently featured in recent news, Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, sat in jail for a few days, and may yet sit there again.
- Along with most Mormons, I share her opposition to same-sex marriage, but I believe her approach is ill-advised.
- She decided to work for the government and took an oath to faithfully execute the law. She violated that oath.
- Regular citizens can oppose a law and agitate for change, but the executor must either execute or resign. Otherwise chaos.
- If one accepts employment in a religion (for many, government is their religion), one does not have the right to inject competing doctrine. A Mormon musician who takes a gig as a Presbyterian church organist does not have the right to replace “Amazing Grace” with “Come, Come Ye Saints.”
- At the same time, I sympathize with Ms. Davis. She appears to be acting out of deeply felt religious convictions, as her willingness to go to jail demonstrates.
- The deeper problem is the uneven execution of laws. Certain officials in Washington too often select which laws to enforce and which to ignore (think immigration law for starters), contrary to the Constitution that requires laws be faithfully executed.
- The powerful are abetted by judicial hypocrites who wink at barefaced violations by the elite and drop the sledgehammer on everyone else.
- Unfortunately for Ms. Davis, she is not high enough on that pecking order.
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Gary Lawrence is a political pollster and the author of “The War in Heaven Continues; Satan’s Tactics to Destroy You, Christianity, the Family, the Constitution, and America.”