Kim Davis: walking, talking Christian privilege

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Ted Cruz (left), Kim Davis (center) and Joe Davis (right)
Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News

Josh Hart

Staff Writer

Kim Davis broke two laws when she refused to grant marriage licenses to the several gay couples who had the misfortune of going to her Kentucky office to get licenses.

This broke the law of the land, bringing a contempt of court charge and five days in jail, but it also broke the law of her privately held Christian creed. Particularly Romans 13:1-7 which states, among other things, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

Now, I’m not implying that we should all bend over and take whatever people in authority decide to give us, nor am I suggesting that they are there because of some sort of divine right. What I’m saying is that the Davis case highlights the fact that the Christian right completely overestimates their own value in political discourse.

This can be observed in the way that Davis has been embraced by the ever-more ridiculous and archaic American right-wing movement. Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee urged Americans to support Davis, saying she was a victim of “Judicial Tyranny” during a rally in front of the jail in which Davis was being held. Ted Cruise, Bobby Jindal, and Rand Paul also showed support, Cruise even attended the same rally.

Davis also was shown significant support on a more grassroots level. A cursory glance at social media will reveal an out-crying of support for her. Some have even gone as far as to compare her to Rosa Parks.

Never, in my wildest flights of fancy, could I imagine being so entitled, so oblivious, and so comfortable in my own privilege.

Religious freedom does not include the freedom to infringe upon the rights of others. The Bible doesn’t bequeath some sort of moral high ground to its readers. Christians are not a marginalized, battered sect. They make up 83 percent of America. Being discriminated against and not having your every whim catered to is not the same thing.

Any limitations on behavior set by any religion or personal creed should only apply to the person who holds that religion or creed. Assuming that anyone else should oblige your philosophical musings is absurd and disrespectful to the concept of free will.

As for Davis, if she didn’t want to be subject to the governing authority, she shouldn’t have taken a position that actively requires her to do so. That simply sounds like bad planning. And bad planning, like her own myopic world view, is a personal problem.