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License to Kill Religious Liberty?

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When did the ACLU stop defending people’s rights and start attacking them? Probably when it jumped on the same-sex “marriage” bandwagon.

Like most liberal groups, the ACLU can’t seem to reconcile the fact that the half of America opposing same-sex marriage has the same rights and freedom to do so as the half of the country supporting the redefinition.

Of course, religious liberty becomes the casualty of this kind of thinking by the ACLU, as we’ve seen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage.

Clerks like Kim Davis of Kentucky are finding themselves on the wrong end of this selective application of the First Amendment, especially in cases involving the ACLU. Like Christian Casey Davis, who was ordered by Governor Steve Beshear (D) to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses — or else — Kim Davis is also being hauled into court for her beliefs. The ACLU is trying to make examples of county officials who rightly believe their freedom extends to the workplace too.

During questioning this week, Davis told a federal judge that she cannot authorize a license, because it implies she agrees with same-sex marriage. “And I can’t,” she explained. Other clerks under her supervision also have moral objections to the licenses, she said. “I can’t ask them to do something I wouldn’t do myself.”

While the judge said he cannot fire Davis, he made it clear that he can punish her for not doing her job with fines or jail time. “I’ll deal with that when the time comes,” she said. “If I resign, it solves nothing and helps nobody,” Kim told the court,” especially if “there is a solution out there where everyone can be happy and no one is compromised in anyway.”

Outside, more than 100 people gathered to support Kim, holding signs at an impromptu rally protesting the lawsuit. Kent Ostrander, head of the Family Foundation of Kentucky, was quick to come to Davis’s aid. If the courts and governor force clerks to issue licenses, “All Judeo-Christian believers, maybe even Muslim believers, would not be able to hold that office, and that office would then be banned from them. And that’s not constitutional,” he argued.



 

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