Dear Kim Davis, From an Actual Kentuckian

3 years ago
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Dear Kim Davis,

As a Kentuckian, as an American, as a Christian, I can no longer hold my tongue. You are an embarrassment. You have made us aware that for the 27 years you have worked for the County Clerk system, you have had a gross misunderstanding of the job. The job of the County Clerk is not to marry anyone. How do you not understand that you do not actually perform any religious ceremony? You do not actually marry people!  Your job is to uphold the State's contractual obligation in terms of their definition of marriage. It is a contract; a legal document. You complete and verify that certain legal standards have been met. That’s it! That is all you do. You have signed off on these government documents for 27 years, either as deputy or the actual County Clerk, with no regards to your religion. You have done it for atheist, Jewish, Muslims, and many others with zero regard to Christianity, as you should have. You have signed these documents for sinners of all kinds including adultery.

Sept. 8, 2015 - Grayson, Kentucky, U.S. - KIM DAVIS ran to her parents after appearing at the rally for her outside the Carter County Detention Center. Davis was jailed last week and was ordered released from jail Tuesday by the judge who locked her up for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Image Credit: Pablo Alcala/Lexington Herald-Leader via ZUMA Wire

Regardless if your church recognizes same-sex marriage or not is absolutely important to your individual values and religious views. It has absolutely nothing to do with you signing a legal document for your government position. Marriage licenses are not a religious document. I cannot stress this enough. You have made it clear that this is necessary. Marriage licenses exist so you can file joint taxes, be on the same insurance, for child custody purposes, etc... for legal purposes. People of the same-sex have been married in religious ceremonies for years, they have just not been recognized by the government. You do understand this, don’t you?

Under no circumstances are you in that office working “under God’s authority” as you have stated and God does not pay you. That is one of the most arrogant and narcissistic statements I have ever heard. Insanity pleas have been held up on less. The first amendment of the United States Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. Good luck in court today. It also states as part of the three central concepts of the first amendment that there shall be “no coercion in religious matters”. In believing you are insuring your first amendment rights are protected you have violated the first amendment rights of not only every deputy who works under you by not allowing them to sign any licenses (since you feel you are performing a religious act), but everyone within your county trying to marry. You have forced “your kind” of Christianity upon every single one of these people. You stole that from them.

If you believe that the endorsement of Matt Bevin and other Republicans nationwide is beneficial to your cause, again you are mistaken. Mrs. Davis, Matt Bevin states he is for people being able to complete this form online. Do you believe a computer is capable of performing a religious act or ceremony? Matt Bevin basically stated you could be replaced by a .pdf form, Mrs. Davis.

In 1657, Mrs. Davis, a petition was written in favor of separation of Church and State. It is now referred to as The Flushing Remonstrance. The signers, who were later jailed for this demonstration stated their “desire therefore in this case not to judge lest we be judged, neither to condemn least we be condemned, but rather let every man stand or fall to his own Master." This is the first of a very long list of Americans showing our support for the first amendment. An amendment you are twisting and turning to further your own agenda to destroy the rights of others.

I won’t bore you with anymore history that clearly indicates you are in violation of the law you are claiming is protecting you. These are things you can research yourself, or perhaps your heavily-funded, conservative, right-winged legal team is already on that for you if they are done watching Fox News. However, as a government official this is something you should already know. As a government official, as an American, as a Christian you can speak and feel any way you wish about this or any other subject. That is what is so wonderful about this country!  However Mrs. Davis, you still must follow the law.

With my final point I do have one more historical quote. I would like for you to read these brief yet powerful words from Thomas Jefferson. This is an excerpt of the letter he wrote to the Danbury Baptists. This is where the phrase “Separation of Church and State” was coined in 1801…

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”  –Thomas Jefferson

Mrs. Davis, YOUR church, your specific denomination that allows you to believe you are working under God’s authority, is NOT popular nationwide. Without these words and actions that followed from Jefferson and the United Stated to the less popular and threatened Danbury Baptists, you would most definitely not be allowed to worship in your church in this country. How does that feel?

Coco Hipwood

This girl's pinky is always in the air...

www.cocohipwood.com

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