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Kim Davis' Shariah Law

By Ldsapologetics
So Kim Davis is an elected official in Rowan County, Kentucky. Most of us have seen the news and the clips of her press conference where she approached the mic whilst "Eye of the Tiger" played.
Where she pledged to continue denying gays and lesbians their legal right to marry. Right after she swore to a judge she would issue marriage licenses to everyone.
Clearly her word is no good. 
Since I see a litany of issues swirling around this woman, her statements and her actions I will do my best to get to them all. But be patient with me as this will take more time than I usually take.
First; many of Davis' supporters claim that her refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples is within her rights of religious freedom.
This is false on many levels. Freedom of religion means we are free to worship what, how and where we may. But we are not free to impose our faith on others otherwise those people would have no freedom of religion themselves.
And being called out on our discrimination and bigotry is not oppression or persecution.
Kim Davis' Shariah Law
When our church or any other church or individuals discriminate it's somehow religious freedom yet when they are called out and criticized for that discrimination they feel its persecution.
And you can use all the facts in the world to disprove that sentiment and yet you will never get anywhere. I know this and yet I wonder why I even bother to write this all things considered.
This current fiasco is exactly why the founding fathers set out to provide freedom to believe and worship but also set out to desperate church and state.
And yet these same supporters of Davis are the same people who are petrified that shariah law will be mandated across this country. Because then Islamic beliefs will be forced on them.
 For the purposes of this analogy these supporters suddenly understand why we separate church and state. But only during this example because it is not religious freedom they support, its the freedom to impose their version of Christianity on everyone else. They are fighting for Christian privilege rather than freedom of religion.
Or their freedom to force others to live according to their beliefs. That's not the freedom our founders have in mind. That's not the freedom Christ had in mind.
For example there is this scripture; 

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

This section of the Sermon on the Mount is where the phrase "Go the extra mile" comes from. Jesus is saying if you love, salute or respect your tribe or your people you are no better than theives(tax collectors or Publicans) and than if you are forced into conscription by Romans to carry their gear a mile you should go the extra mile for them. 

He is saying that rather than loving your people and hating others or your enemies we should love all including our enemies. When we love those deemed unworthy of love, when we respect those deemed unworthy of respect, when we go the extra mile for those that would abuse us it is then that we truly live Christ's teachings. We do not get to live the antithesis of Christ's message and claim to be His disciples.

If we hate anyone because of our faith then we are doing it wrong.

Some have compared Kim Davis to Dr.Martin Luther King. So let's go through why this woman is no martyr.

Dr.King fought for full inclusion for men and women of every race.

Dr.King obeyed and sometimes disobeyed unjust laws.

Kim Davis disobeyed just laws founded on the same ethos of inclusion that Dt.King fought and died for.

Dr.King stood for love and inclusion.

Kim Davis has abused her elected position to break the laws she has repeatedly sworn to uphold only to then, moments later sworn to disobey, and to advance a hateful agenda seeking to excluded those she hates. She is using her position to force others to live according to her beliefs.

She had a melt down over being sent to an all female prison because gay women.

She is no martyr. She is a bully. She is a corrupt elected official abusing her authority.
If shariah law became the law in Kentucky how would Davis and her supporters feel about women being denied drivers licenses? Or pork and ham products becoming outlawed? Or any work or government services being banned from being performed on Fridays?
If Kim Davis and her supporters are successful in their efforts that in and of itself may be the precursor to other faiths across the nation instituting shariah law or kosher law or any religious laws becoming the law of the land. Would it only be unfair or unconstitutional if those religious laws were born of a faith other than your own?
Kim Davis' Shariah Law

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