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TOP 3 Reasons Kim Davis Should Resign

Updated on September 18, 2015
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I want to preface all of this by saying, I am a Christian and I have no issue with Kim Davis’ beliefs at all, even though I do not agree with her. She can believe and feel however she wants. The problem now becomes that she is unwilling to do her job. She wants to stick to her guns and not give out marriage licenses to a homosexual couple, fine, but she can’t have the job she has if that’s the case.

Let’s see if I can come up with an analogy for what’s happening in Kentucky right now. I have worked in technical support for the last few years. Part of my job description is to help people with Windows, Mac and Linux computers. If all of a sudden I decide that for personal reasons, I cannot help solve a Mac issue, because I don’t believe in Apple… well I’d be fired or asked to resign as the job would no longer be for me.

“But Josh, the law changed while she was in office.” Good point. Ok, here is another example:

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Like laws, technology changes all the time. When I started working in technical support Microsoft Office 2011 was the newest version of Office for Mac. Now, with an Office 365 subscription, Mac users can access Office 2016, and soon will be able to purchase Office 2016 without a subscription. If a customer comes up to me and asks me to help them install Office 2016 on their computer for them, am I allowed to refuse to help them with that, but if they go find Office 2011, I can help them install that? I don’t think so, it doesn’t work like that. A new program changes my Job description, even though the contract I signed when I was hired says nothing about me supporting Office 2016.

Like I said, I don’t have any issue with Mrs. Davis and her beliefs, she is entitled to them, but because of the change in the law, whether she likes it or not, her job description has changed. If she cannot perform her job due to moral objections, that’s fine, but she needs to resign.

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I think what makes this whole topic so infuriating to me is that even though I grew up in a very conservative Lutheran church, I was still taught to love your neighbor as yourself. You don’t have to agree with everything that is happening in the world, but why not promote love? In a world where there is so much hate and tragedy all the time, this seems like a very silly thing to be up in flames about. Shouldn’t we be more focused on the violence in the world and ending that, rather than trying to prevent two people from being happy? Martin Sheen's character in The West Wing has a pretty good monologue in response to issues similar to this one.

Top 3 Reasons Kim Davis Should Resign

  1. She isn't doing her job.
  2. She still isn't doing her job.
  3. She went to jail because she wasn't doing her job, and she still isn't doing her job!

Mrs. Davis is now "letting" her deputies do their job, but she is still not doing hers.

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    • Joyfulcrown profile image

      Joyfulcrown 

      2 years ago

      There has been lots of mentions regarding law in this hub and comments. However there is no mention of this law,

      Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)

      http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/index.cfm which states "This law makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The law also requires that employers reasonably accommodate applicants' and employees' sincerely held religious practices, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business."

      It is also law of the land of the land not to discriminate against someone for their religious beliefs . To me we are more tolerant and accepting country than this, we can tolerate and accommodate both gay marriage and the religious beliefs of Kim Davis.

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      Michael-Milec 

      2 years ago

      As little as we know who Kim Davis is, (media exposure often misleading), If anything she might be confused of her job assignment and her personal walk of faith. Issuing a piece of worthless certificate would keep her on her working place and won't affect God of the Universe, while those who want publicly to be declared of their choice on the road of destruction- well- so be it.

    • Josh Ratzburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Josh Ratzburg 

      2 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      Thanks for stopping by, Paladin... Also, I have more of an issue with the picking and choosing which part of the Bible to follow... like what about Romans 13?

      Romans 13

      1 All of you must obey the government rulers. Everyone who rules was given the power to rule by God. And all those who rule now were given that power by God. 2 So anyone who is against the government is really against something God has commanded. Those who are against the government bring punishment on themselves. 3 People who do right don’t have to fear the rulers. But those who do wrong must fear them. Do you want to be free from fearing them? Then do only what is right, and they will praise you.

      4 Rulers are God’s servants to help you. But if you do wrong, you have reason to be afraid. They have the power to punish, and they will use it. They are God’s servants to punish those who do wrong. 5 So you must obey the government, not just because you might be punished, but because you know it is the right thing to do.

      6 And this is why you pay taxes too. Those rulers are working for God, and they give all their time to the work of ruling. 7 Give everyone what you owe them. If you owe them any kind of tax, then pay it. Show respect to those you should respect. And show honor to those you should honor.

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      Paladin_ 

      2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      This woman is a liar, a hypocrite and a fraud. She claims she's acting "under God's authority" in denying marriage licenses to gays. But if she's truly acting "under God's authority" (assuming she's referring to Yahweh of the Old Testament), she should be KILLING gays, not denying them licenses!

      Yahweh says NOTHING about marriage licenses in the Old Testament. However, he DOES say (in Leviticus 20) that gays should be put to death. This isn't a suggestion. It's a COMMANDMENT. If you're truly a believer in the Old Testament laws, you HAVE NO CHOICE!

      So, unless Ms. Davis is ready to pick up stones and starting killing the next gay person she sees (or anyone working on the Sabbath, or any child who curses or strikes their parent, or any woman who isn't a virgin on her wedding night, etc.), she's NOT acting "under God's authority." She's just a loud-mouthed, self-righteous, knuckle-dragging bigot!

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      bradmasterOCcal 

      2 years ago from Orange County California

      If president Obama can't obey the laws, like immigration, then why should Davis.

      Which is more important when a president doesn't obey the law, or a state official assert a religious defense.

      How does the state a person's religious belief to be a crime.

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      Peeples 

      2 years ago from South Carolina

      She needs to step down without a doubt. The law is in place, she can not refuse to follow the law with no consequences. This has nothing to do with her religious beliefs. She is entitled to them, and although I identify as mostly atheist I actually think what she is doing is great! Someone refusing to give in when it comes to their person beliefs is not a bad thing. The problem with the issue is she wants to force those beliefs on other people as a government authority. If she wants to stand for her views, great, but get out of office.

      I really don't understand why she would want to continue working for anyone who goes against her beliefs unless it is for attention. She doesn't have a great track record of controlling her own sin, I'm not sure why she thinks because she was "saved" she can start controlling what she thinks is sin of others.

      Like any job, if you can't do it, leave!

    • Josh Ratzburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Josh Ratzburg 

      2 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      The NATIONAL LAW is that gay couples can marry, it is their constitutional right, and no state law can override that. No one is saying Christians should not run for public office. The problem isn't even with HER not providing marriage licenses, but she is forcing her beliefs on everyone that works there, as she does not permit them from giving marriage licenses.

      America was not founded on Christianity, but rather on religious persecution and the search for religious freedom. One could argue she is acting very similarly to the Church of England and forcing her beliefs on everyone else that works there. Why are people arguing for Kim Davis' religious freedom, but not the religious (or lack of religion) freedom of the other employees that work there. The great thing about America is that anyone can have any belief system that they want, a belief system that includes a God or one that does not.

      That being said, because she is a government employee and took an OATH to follow the law, she is required by the law to do her job, and she is not.

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      E Matt Howerton 

      2 years ago from Joplin, MO

      It is Kentucky law. Kentucky say no gay marriage. Supreme Court cannot make laws nor dismiss laws. Also, her job is an elected position. If anyone says she should step down, they are also saying Christians should not run for public office or keep their bibles at home. Hmm... trampling on religious rights there.

    • Josh Ratzburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Josh Ratzburg 

      2 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      But that's not the law, her job requires her to fulfill the law. She is a government employee, if she won't do her job, why should she be able to keep it? I have to do my job when I go to work...

    • GREDWSARDS profile image

      GREDWSARDS 

      2 years ago

      But it is a case of religion, it is against her religious beliefs on what she deems right and wrong and she believes that it is wrong for gay couples to be able to marry, marriage is born from religion

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      jr 

      2 years ago

      All gays could move to a island or another country who would want them.

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      GREDWSARDS 

      2 years ago

      I also agree with you here, religion should stay in the private lives of those individuals. I also come into contact with all types of people and I am also a public official, it is not up to me to judge ones beliefs against what I am required to do by law. Because if that happens who's religious CLUB is at the top of the list and which is a t the bottom, be like a getting points.

    • Josh Ratzburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Josh Ratzburg 

      2 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      But this isn't an issue of Religion. No matter what your religion is, the law in this country is that gay couples can get married. Because this is the law, we need clerks who will uphold the law. It isn't up to her to decide what can and can't be done, which is why she is in Jail... If she is so against it, she needs to not be in that position.

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      Frances Lewis 

      2 years ago

      They could go to other places for A license. Give her religious rights to her.

    • ematthowerton profile image

      E Matt Howerton 

      2 years ago from Joplin, MO

      I am ready for Jesus Christ to return. I have put up with this whole Sodom and Gomorrah junk long enough. Marriage is holy and biblical. Marriage was defined by God before man ever had a chance. He defined marriage as a holy union between man and woman. God did not make Steve for Adam to bump uglies with on a daily basis. He made Eve to keep Adam from being lonely. From Bruce Jenner to homosexuals, this country is turning itself into a prostitute for hell. When Christ does return, many folks will have some explaining to do. This country was founded on the Christian principles that are only found in the Bible. One day, every knee will bow and no one will be able to escape God's wrath of hell on Earth. Open your eyes and see whats going in this world.

    • Josh Ratzburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Josh Ratzburg 

      2 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      I couldn't agree with you more. If you don't believe in what you have to do for your job... maybe that shouldn't be your job anymore.

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      Alternative Prime 

      2 years ago from > California

      If she does not have the common sense to resign and continues to obstruct justice after released from jail, she needs to be removed from her position immediately ~

      She must follow the law which instructs all county clerks across the nation to issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples ~ There are no exceptions nor acceptable circumstances by which she can continue to circumvent the Supreme Court's Decision ~ She must perform her duties according to the law of the land ~

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