When we insist upon doing things we know we should not do, we may try to assuage our guilt by seducing others into our wrongdoing, making others accomplices and obligated to share our guilt. For some reason, we ignore the fact this sort of scheme cannot work.
What if we have power, the support of the government? When we can pressure people to become our accomplices, we can exponentially compound our sins. When some resolutely refuse to comply with our desires, we may even succumb to the temptation to add the persecution and torment of the innocent to our sins.
Consider that this once was a free country. When America was a free country, we did not use the law to force others to violate their consciences. Not true, you say? We have never been so free? Perhaps not. After all, we are not wise enough to solve all the conundrums that arise from a simple question? When does one person’s rights end and another’s begin?
The latest bit of confusion over the end of one person’s rights and beginning of another’s, however, is a travesty. Here we have one of many stories about it: Defiant Kentucky Clerk Jailed for Refusing to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses.
ASHLAND, Ky.—A federal judge jailed a Kentucky clerk on Thursday for contempt after she repeatedly defied his order to issue marriage licenses to gay and straight couples, imposing his authority in the most high-profile challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, had unsuccessfully appealed all the way to the high court to delay an order by the judge that she issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples, gay or heterosexual. (from here)
What should Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, have done? I don’t have a good answer. I just know we were wrong to put her in that predicament. You say you are not responsible. Well, maybe not, but our whole country will suffer. None will be unscathed.
Focus for a moment on the idiocy and the blatant dishonesty. To do her job, we are requiring Ms. Davis to affix her name on a document that certifies a lie, a “marriage” that cannot be a marriage. And we have judges condemning her for refusing, judges who lie and say the Constitution gives people of the same sex the right to marry. No society with such judges can retain a legal system that even provides an approximation of justice.
Anyway, I believe scatterwisdom has given this case some serious thought.
- King Solomon, Supreme Court Vrs Kim Davis Question? considers how King Solomon would have viewed the case.
- King Solomon, Kim Davis, and Sir Thomas More, a second blog post on the case, adds an interesting dimension. When, for moral reasons, Sir Thomas More refused to annul a marriage, the king had him legally beheaded.
Please read Rudy’s posts.