If, as Rick Warren and others have suggested, religious liberty is becoming the major civil rights issue of our time, will Kim Davis be the Rosa Parks of the movement?
Rosa Parks ignited the civil rights crusade against racial discrimination when, on December 1, 1955, she refused to move to the back section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in defiance of a city code stipulating where black people could sit.
Will Rowan County Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses because of her biblical beliefs, and subsequent incarceration, make her the rallying point for an energized civil rights movement focusing on religious freedom? more >>
Same-sex couples received their marriage licenses Friday morning at the Rowan County clerk's office following a judge's orders for Christian County Clerk Kim Davis to be sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June.
Davis cited "God's authority" as the reason she defied the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. One day after Davis was jailed, however, her deputy clerks started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, the first being to William Smith Jr. and James Yates.
Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the license to the pair and congratulated them, but some of the clerks remain conflicted about the issue. Deputy clerk Melissa Thompson told a packed court Thursday that compromising her religious beliefs is "the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life." Still, U.S. District Judge David Bunning made it clear that any other clerks who refuse could also be found in contempt of court, like Davis. more >>
In his book, A Christian Manifesto, Francis Schaeffer says, "It is not only that true spirituality covers all of life, but that it covers all parts of the spectrum of life equally. In this sense, there is nothing concerning reality that is not spiritual."
Thus, a person does not leave his faith in the pew of her church when she exits its doors; rather, she takes her faith into her home life, her work life, and everything she does in between. This means that if she is a Christian doctor, she may refuse to perform elective abortions, if she is a Christian pharmacist, she may refuse to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs, if she is a Christian county clerk, she may refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and so on.
Kentucky Governor Beshear recently went on record regarding his understanding of faith when he told Kentucky county clerks, "Neither your oath nor the Supreme Court dictates what you must believe. But as elected officials, they do prescribe how we must act." more >>
The debate continues ...
In my opinion, only God can truly answer this question. Spouses are encouraged to spend extended time in the word and obedience to it, as well as extended times of prayer and fasting, and seeking godly counsel. All destructive relationships and toxic counsel must be severed as you seek to answer this question.
Many great Bible teachers are divided on this issue. Some believe that re-marriage to another is never allowed unless one of the spouses dies, but others suggest that it is permissible when adultery and abandonment occur. more >>
Dear Michaelangelo Signorile,
In your recent Huffington Post column, you referred to Americans who refuse to redefine marriage as "religious extremists," stating that, "We," meaning the LGBT community, "cannot be held hostage to the theatrics of religious extremists, nor should we allow them to think that supposedly bad 'optics' will deter us in demanding our rights."
You were speaking in particular about the national controversy surrounding the decision of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk, to refuse to issue marriage certificates to gay couples. more >>
At least one county clerk in Kentucky is protesting the jailing of Kim Davis, saying she "does not deserve to go to jail."
Casey Davis, who is the county clerk for Casey County, says he will not issue same-sex marriage licenses either. "This woman has done nothing wrong," Davis told Wave 3 News in Kentucky earlier this week.
The Casey County clerk is currently using his own vacation time to bike 400 miles from Pikeville to Paducah to protest the public persecution of Christians. more >>