Opinion

Country clerk should perform job, not judge

Kim Davis, a county clerk from Kentucky, refused to give marriage licenses to homosexual couples because of her Christian beliefs.

I think the U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey makes a wonderful point in saying, “Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it. The county clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, and it led to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the clerk and the county to follow the law.”

I think she should either quit her job, or have someone else sign the marriage license for homosexual couples. A government job is not a position that allows staff members to force their beliefs onto other people. Government servants should carry out the laws of the country regardless of whether they agree with them or not.

Something I do not understand about the whole situation is, why they just put her in jail. I think there should have been some sort of trial for her. Everyone has the right to a trial, so why did she not get one?

On Sept. 8, she was released from prison. She did not give in and say that she would start signing marriage licenses. There was no warning about what would happen if she still refused to sign marriage licenses. The officers basically released her from jail in the hopes that she would not do the same thing again.

Mike Huckabee, a candidate running for the Republican nomination for the presidential election, took this opportunity to get free publicity. Huckabee helped lead Kim Davis out of prison, and he told the people that he would spend eight years in jail for his beliefs. It has become the Mike Huckabee and Kim Davis show. Instead of all the attention being focused on Davis, it is now being focused on Davis and Huckabee.

Ohio governor, John Kasich, makes a good point when he said, “Look, everybody is entitled to their opinions, and I love Mike Huckabee and what he stands for. But I just think there’s bigger fish to fry here in terms of people understanding what faith in God really means.”

What gives Davis the right to say what is and is not a part of the Christian lifestyle? If you dig deeper into her past, you will find that she has had children out of wedlock and has been divorced multiple times. I think those are behaviors that we as Christians are told not to do. Even though she became a Christian four years ago, she still should not judge others.

John 8:7 says, “[Jesus] stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’” I think John 8:7 is something that we should strive to live by.

Who are we to judge other peoples’ sins? We are all sinners. We should do as Jesus did and love everyone no matter their flaws.