Remember separation of church and state

Kim Davis is not a hero or a martyr.

Kim Davis is a woman who broke the law.

All other personal opinions aside, Kim Davis is a criminal.

Davis, a Rowan, Kentucky, county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, broke the law of the land, was jailed and since then, a firestorm erupted.

Looking at this as objectively as possible, Davis was in contempt of court when she refused to abide by her duties as a government official. She was thus jailed, and for good reason.

When she was released five days later, complete with a grandiose stage, background music and fellow radical Mike Huckabee by her side, she milked her 15 minutes of fame with tears and thanks. It irked me.

I am a Christian. However, I am also a smart, responsible, law-abiding citizen of these United States. I am not here to impose my spiritual beliefs on anyone, especially in the workplace. Especially when it undermines the authority of my leaders.

As long as we’re going to Bible-thump, let us take a look at some scripture supporting the fact that we, as a collective, need to listen to the rules.

1 Peter 2:13-14 states, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.”

Deuteronomy 17:12 says, “Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge must be put to death.”

The bottom line here: We must, as a nation, stop using biblical law as a means to run this nation. The whole point of this country is that we are all, yes, absolutely free to practice our faith, not to force it upon others, certainly when it goes in direct conflict with the constitution.

In the words of my conservative friends (finally turning the tables), if you don’t like it, leave. And take an example from this passage of scripture instead:

1 Timothy 2:1-2: “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”