America After Kim Davis: Is Christianity Finished?

It sounds like the kind of paranoid dark fantasy you might here from a fire-and-brimstone preacher in the deep South.

Christians will be imprisoned for standing firm in their beliefs. Traditional values will not only fall away as unfashionable, they will be re-imagined as reigns of power used to keep minorities in line. Unborn babies will be yanked out and slaughtered at a rate of at least a million a year, and this practice will be funded by all citizens. Any cries of “religious freedom” will be met with mockery and scorn.

But as Judge Bunning slammed the jail door on Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, even Americans noncommittal to the cause could see that we had arrived at an unprecedented stage in history. The persecution of Christianity had begun. Biblical teachings were now at odds with the law of the land, and it became quickly clear that the law of the land was not going to back down.

Of course, the mainstream media treats this as if it were all a big joke. The day after Davis was imprisoned, the Boston Globe ran an op-ed informing the readership that she was no hero. “Davis,” the op-ed claimed, “is just the latest in a long, infernal line of fanatics to contort their so-called faith into an excuse for hatred and division.”

In USA Today’s coverage, they were careful to give prominent space to Kenneth Upton, a pro-LGBT lawyer. “This is what the other side wants,” he said, referring to a picture of Davis being led away in handcuffs. “This is a biblical story, to go to jail for your faith. We don’t want to make her a martyr to the people who are like her, who want to paint themselves as victims.”

And The Daily Beast couldn’t imagine how any Republican presidential contender could take a stance in favor of the embattled clerk:

Already many of the GOP presidential candidates have weighed in, creating the curious spectacle of lawmakers pre-emptively breaking their oaths of office: How can you promise to “uphold the Constitution” if you have already admitted that it has a loophole big enough for Davis to fit through?

Hmm. Could it be that said loophole exists because there is nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government, including the Supreme Court, the authority to redefine marriage? Could it be because the 10th Amendment specifically forbids the federal judiciary from stealing power from the states in this way? Once the Constitution has been twisted in such a way as the Supreme Court mangled it in June, calls to obey the law are laughable. What law? The one invented by five liberals behind closed doors or the one voted into effect by 75% of Kentucky residents in 2004?

If Christians and conservatives realize that they have no moral obligation to obey an unjust, undemocratic, unconstitutional law, we can begin painting a new future. A future where Americans are as eager to get government out of religion as we seem to be about getting religion out of government. A future where traditional values are embraced and truth is once again valued. A future we respect life, respect liberty, and respect each other.

 


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