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Bully for Kim Davis!

Matthew 10:17-20
17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Mark 13:9-11
9 “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought[b] before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate[c] what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

Luke 21:12-19
12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost. 19 By your patience possess your souls.

Under title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, both public and private employers have a duty to exempt religious employees from general applicable work rules, so as long as it won't create an undue hardship.

Kim Davis' position is quite clear; she cannot allow a license to be issued under her name and authority- that authorizes a marriage that collides with her conscience and religious convictions.

All she is asking for is a simple means of accommodations since her position as County Clerk (by Kentucky state statutes) require the issuance of a valid and legal marriage certificate be issued by the Clerk ONLY, not by her subordinates of lesser rank of authority, such as a deputy clerk, etc..

The accommodations could easily be resolved by a judge, the state legislature, the governor, or by all three.

If our culture and laws recognize conscientious objector status when an individual claims the right to refuse to perform military service on the grounds of freedom of thought, conscience, and religious beliefs, then certainly our government leaders could recognize, respect, and accommodate Davis' request; in the same manner atheists are excused from classrooms or public meetings during a moment of silence, prayer, or pledge to the American flag.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

EEOC complaints have resolved issues of accommodations to:
*Nurses who had religious objections to being involved in abortions
*Pacifist postal workers who had religious objections to processing draft registration forms
*A Jehovah's Witness employee who had religious objections to raising a flag- a task assigned to him by his employer
*And more, recently, a Muslim flight attendant who refuses to serve alcohol to passengers based upon her religious tenets

A judgement of degree (no undue hardship) is an order under these circumstance; it is of no financial burden to the state or county to accommodate Kim Davis' request.

I support her position; her passion; and her Christian beliefs- it is not enough to call oneself a Christian if they are not able to back it up in deeds (works)!

Well done Kim Davis, well done.

"In the Light; For the Light; Be the Light!"