You may remember one Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples because she thought her Christian faith exempted her from having to do so. She broke the law and defied the Supreme Court in spite of the fact that she was working for the government, and she went to jail for it, but she was released from jail six days later on the condition that she not interfere with her deputies issuing marriage licenses. Personally, I find it baffling that they let her out of jail at all. People can go on about her being “persecuted” for her religious views all they like but at the end of the day she was a clerk working for government, it was her job to hand out marriage licenses, and she decided that her religious views overruled both the rights of same-sex couples to get married and her job to make said marriages possible by giving licenses, so of course she deserved to be put in jail (while we’re at it, she also deserved to be fired). I personally wonder why Kim even decided to become a government clerk in the first place if she was so determined to put “God’s moral law” above the duties she consigned herself to. If anything, she deserves to be labelled as no more, and no less, than a corrupt clerk.
It should be no surprise that conservative Christians stood in support of Kim Davis, even to the point of calling her a “Christian hero”, and at least two Republican presidential candidates stood by her: Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, and they happen to be the most cartoonish Republicans besides Donald Trump. But while people in America go on about Donald Trump to the point that I swear he’s all people talk about over there, I’m far more worried about Mike Huckabee.
Chances are if you’ve heard of Mike Huckabee, you know him as the former governor of Arkansas. Or you may know him as the host of his own show on Fox “News”. Or you might know him as the guy who defended Josh Duggar, a man who confessed to molesting several young girls, inexplicably referring to him as a good person who made mistakes. Or, you may remember him as one of the people who denounced the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is protected by the Constitution, referring to it as “judicial tyranny”. It’s hardly a surprise that someone like Huckabee would elect to defend Kim Davis. He claims that Kim Davis was fighting “judicial tyranny” by ignoring the Supreme Court and, in fact, he openly stated that he would be willing to go to jail instead of Kim Davis, which is completely ludicrous when you consider that Huckabee has broken no laws, while Kim Davis refused to grant same-sex marriage licenses on the basis of her belief that same-sex marriage goes against “God’s moral law”. He even goes so far as to state that people should only obey the law if they think it’s “right”. There’s no point losing sleep over this statement, as I am certain that by “right” he refers to no sense of conscience or sound values that an individual can hold. To him, “right” means conformity to the Christian faith, and to him secular law means nothing compared to what he thinks “God’s law” is. That’s the whole reason he denounced the Supreme Court. Huckabee, Kim Davis, and their supporters speak of freedom, but in reality their idea of “freedom” means being allowed to deny other people the right to live their lives as they please without harming anyone else, in accordance with their religious views, and to that end they confuse genuine liberty with “tyranny”. And remember, this is a man who plans to become the next president of the United States of America. Just think about it: a man who confuses liberty with tyranny, denies the validity of the Supreme Court and thinks he knows better than they do, a man who openly advocated amending the Constitution to suit “God’s” standards, and is willing to defend a confessed child molester. If that’s the man who becomes president of the United States of America, then the American dream of liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness might be seriously endangered, and in general it will be a sign of the country going to the dogs.
It’s crazy how America is still going through contortions trying to accept that its Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal for everyone. It should have been obvious to everyone that people have the right to pursue lifestyles that don’t harm others and that you can’t deny other people the right to pursue those lifestyles for any reason, and I think we may soon reach the point where people are only going to get tired of repeating themselves.