A recent letter writer lamented that Muslim beliefs were taking precedent to Christian beliefs, and cited Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis as their example.
First, a few simple facts. Kim Davis is an elected government official who took an oath to uphold the Constitution. The highest court in the land, the Supreme Court recently ruled that gay marriage was legal. Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, therefore she was derelict in her job.
She cited her religious beliefs as the reason she would not issue them. Apparently those same religious beliefs did not prevent her form being on her fourth marriage, divorced three times, engaging in extramarital affairs and having children out of wedlock.
Recently a Muslim woman was suspended from her job as an airline stewardess because she, like Davis, refused to perform one of the duties of her job, serving alcohol to passengers, because it was against her beliefs.
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Both feel they were discriminated against because of their religious beliefs, while they were discriminating against others because of their religious beliefs. One is an elected official and the other a hired employee who serves the public, but neither was forced to take their job.
My personal belief, that Jesus’ message was about peace, love, tolerance and forgiveness seems to be contrary to the hate-filled beliefs of many of today’s Christians. However, I see this as a difference of opinion on our beliefs and not religious persecution.