Reading Rod Dreher’s thoughtful commentary on Kim Davis this morning and came across this quote from Doug Wilson:
First, whenever we get to that elusive and ever-receding “hill to die on,” we will discover, upon our arrival there, that it only looked like a hill to die on from a distance. Up close, when the possible dying is also up close, it kind of looks like every other hill. All of a sudden it looks like a hill to stay alive on, covered over with topsoil that looks suspiciously like common ground.
So it turns out that surrendering hills is not the best way to train for defending the most important ones. Retreat is habit-forming.
Should she have issued the marriage license? Or should she have resigned? Ideally, I would have preferred accommodation was sought for her. I am sure they easily could have found other clerks who would have been happy to issue the license. That way her religious freedom would have been balanced against the newly recognized “right” to marry by same sex partners.
I find it appalling that Kim Davis has been jailed for her refusal and could remain in jail indefinitely it seems, since the judge seems bent on forcing her to comply. The first amendment of the United States’ Constitution seems to have been abrogated.
As for her having been married and divorced four times—Dreher points out she is a recent convert to the Christian faith—only four years ago—so he rightly calls the raising of her past as a form of “slut shaming.”
This case reminds me of that of Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner, two Canadian prisoners of conscience, jailed repeatedly for protesting at abortion facilities. These witnesses to injustice are a reminder of how sadly corrupted our legal system has become when it is not longer anchored to natural law.