Letters to the Editor

MARRIAGE: Extend tolerance to all

I firmly believe that First Amendment rights extend to the workplace. However, when a person accepts a government office, he or she must be willing and able to carry out the duties assigned to that position.

It has been reported that Kim Davis, the county clerk in Rowan, Kentucky, quit issuing marriage licenses to both heterosexual and same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. This was wrong. Davis did not have the right to change her job description or suspend her duties to express her religious beliefs.

If she did not want to issue marriage licenses, she should have resigned. Sometimes you can’t serve both God and Caesar.

On the other hand, the decision to send Davis to jail smacked of anti-Christian bias. If she had been Muslim, I suspect the judge would have quickly found a way to grant her an exemption or to place her on leave.

Liberal intellectuals seem to view conservative Muslims and Jews as vulnerable minorities deserving of protection, while Christians are perceived as ignorant rednecks who must be forced to accept gay marriage. Before liberals can claim the moral high ground, they must extend their alleged tolerance to everyone, not just those considered politically correct.