Surprising? Presidential Candidates on Kim Davis and Religious Liberty

Craig Huey2016 Presidential Election1 Comment

Surprising? Presidential Candidates on Kim Davis and Religious Liberty

The Kim Davis case – where a Christian woman was thrown into jail because of her beliefs on marriage – has created a very important division in an otherwise somewhat unified GOP field.

The candidates who have criticized or ignored Kim Davis will lose the support of those who are gravely concerned about religious liberty in our country.

Religious liberty is the civil rights issue of our generation. It’s extremely important to elect a president who understands that and stands for religious freedom.

Here are the candidates divided into the three camps.

Camp 1: Candidates who criticize Davis for refusing to issue licenses or resign

Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie

Camp 2: Candidates who vaguely indicate support for Davis’ religious liberty

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rand Paul

Camp 3: Candidates who support Kim Davis and condemn Judge Bunning for jailing her

Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Marco Rubio

Here are the details:

Camp 1:

Carly Fiorina:

“When you are a government employee, I think you take on a different role. When you are a government employee as opposed to say, an employee of another kind of organization, then in essence, you are agreeing to act as an arm of the government. And, while I disagree with this court’s decision, their actions are clear.”

Donald Trump:

Wishes that Kim Davis was not jailed for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses, but Supreme Court has ruled and that ruling is the “law of the land.”

“You have to go with it. The decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land.”

Lindsey Graham:

Kim Davis “must comply with the law or resign. The rule of law is the rule of law. That’s what we are. We are a rule of law nation, and I appreciate her conviction. I support traditional marriage, but she’s accepted a job where she has to apply the law to everyone. And that’s her choice.”

John Kasich:

“I respect the fact that this lady doesn’t agree, but she’s also a government employee. She’s not running a church. I wouldn’t force this on a church, but in terms of her responsibility I think she has to comply.”

“The court has spoken, the court has ruled as everyone knows… Most people know I believe in traditional marriage – but the court has ruled.”

“I don’t like the fact that she’s sitting in jail – that’s just absurd as well. But I think she should follow the law.”

Chris Christie:

“What I would do with this woman is to move her to another job where this is not an objection for her. Because you have to follow the law.”

Camp 2:

Jeb Bush:

Davis is “sworn to uphold the law,” but “there ought to be common ground, there ought to be a big enough space for her to act on her conscience, and for now that the law is the law of the land, for a gay couple to be married in whatever jurisdiction that is.”

“We shouldn’t be pushing people out of the public square if they have deeply held views, nor should we discriminate against people, particularly after this court ruling as it relates to sexual orientation, so I think there ought to be a way to figure this out.”

Scott Walker:

“It’s a balance that you’ve got to have in America between the laws that are out there, but ultimately ensuring the Constitution is upheld. I read that the Constitution is very clear, that people have the freedom of religion. That means you have the freedom to practice your religious beliefs out there.”

Rand Paul:

“People who stand up and are making a stand to say that they believe in something is an important part of the American way.”

“I think it’s absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty. I think it’s a real mistake, and even those on the other side of the issue, I think it sets their movement back.”

Camp 3:

Ted Cruz:

“Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America. I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion. Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in public office, they must disregard their religious faith – or be sent to jail.”

Ted Cruz visited Mrs. Davis in jail and attended the rally for her release.

Mike Huckabee:

Huckabee coordinated a rally outside the jail detaining Kim Davis to demand her release. She was released right before the rally was scheduled to take place.

“The Supreme Court cannot and did not make a law. They only made a ruling on a law. Congress makes the laws. Because Congress has made no law allowing for same-sex marriage, Kim does not have the Constitutional authority to issue a marriage license to homosexual couples.”

To Judge Bunning: “Lock me up if you think that’s how freedom is best served, because folks, I am willing to spend the next eight years in the White House leading this country but I want you to know, I’m willing to spend the next eight years in jail. But I’m not willing to spend one day under the tyranny of people who believe they can take our freedom and conscience away.”

Bobby Jindal:

“I don’t think anyone should have to choose between following their conscience and religious beliefs and giving up their job and facing financial sanctions.”

Rick Santorum:

“I have great respect for Ms. Davis and her courage to stand up for her faith. In America we should not have to choose between keeping our job and practicing our faith.”

Marco Rubio:

“While the clerk’s office has a governmental duty to carry out the law, there should be a way to protect the religious freedom and conscience rights of individuals working in the office.”

What do you think? Email me at craig@electionforum.org.

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One Comment on “Surprising? Presidential Candidates on Kim Davis and Religious Liberty”

  1. She is a misguided BIGOT hiding behind the Bible (like they ALL do). Nothing more.

    The Bible also speaks against interracial marriage in several books, so I guess it would’ve been within Davis’ rights to stop issuing “them people” marriage licenses too?

    Then there’s Leviticus. One messed up dude.

    As well as gay people being an “abomination” he also preached that eating shellfish is an abomination. Why doesn’t Kim get together with all of her religious fanatic followers and get out there picketing every seafood restaurant to force them out of business? As well as the ones serving PORK. They are sinning against the Lord!

    He also preached that children who disobey their parents should be put to death. If we followed the teachings of Leviticus, their would be NO CHILDREN in the world! But if you don’t kill them (like Leviticus says you must do) then you’re sinning against the Lord!

    Kim and all these other religious fanatics need to point all those “self-righteous” fingers back at themselves and take a good look at what they do. Obviously, their prejudice has absolutely NOTHING to do with some religion, else they wouldn’t be focusing their hate on GAY PEOPLE with all the other readily-available “sins” being committed all around them every day. This is because these fanatics pic n’ choose the parts of the Bible that support their personal bigotry and ignore the “sins” listed in the Bible that aren’t so disagreeable to them (usually the ones they’re committing themselves). How typical.

    Why isn’t she picketing all those straight “titty bars” which are ALL AROUND HER in Kentucky?

    Why not work on our country’s inbred problem in the south to stop all the associated birth defects those children must endure for life???
    (You’re having sex with your relatives. It’s a sin. Stop doing it.)

    Why isn’t she doing something about all the STRAIGHT couples who are NOT married and are living together, sleeping together, having sex (can you say FORNICATION?) and creating BASTARD children. It’s become a totally acceptable lifestyle for straight people. Just watch any TV sitcom. These fornicators REFUSE to get married and instead commit multiple sins against the Lord on a daily basis! All the while telling me I CAN’T get married because of their religious beliefs? When they really mean only their PERSONAL beliefs? (Can you say BIGOT?)

    The body is God’s Holy Temple. People drink liquor which rots your liver (among other horrible things) and smoke tobacco which causes heart disease, lung disease and so many forms of cancer. Wouldn’t she and all the other religious fanatics looking for a cause be better off picketing every single liquor store? As well as every retail business that sells tobacco? Their are literally THOUSANDS of retail businesses, again, ALL AROUND HER in Kentucky. People are POLLUTING and KILLING God’s vessel by the thousands EVERY SINGLE DAY with these vices. Sinners! Why aren’t these folks who are calling themselves real “Christians” doing anything about this???

    All kidding aside, Kimmy was being paid BY ME. Why on earth would I PAY someone to break the law and discriminate against me?

    If you can’t uphold and perform the duties of your government job . . . then YOU HAVE TO GET ANOTHER JOB. We don’t pay people in the country for being bigots and if religion was an acceptable excuse, EVERYONE would refuse to do ANYTHING they didn’t like and blame it on violating their personal Christian relationship with God. Are you kidding? Not in my America!

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