Mike Huckabee, a Republican presidential candidate, asserted that, "Having Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country" ["Huckabee says he'll visit Davis," News, Sept. 5]. What criminalization is that?
Where does our Constitution permit Davis, a county clerk who swore to uphold the law, to use her office to impose her own religious beliefs on someone else? If Davis were Islamic, would Huckabee allow her to refuse driver's licenses to women? If she were a conscientious objector, would he allow her to deduct the portion of her taxes that go to war? Or would he simply ignore the Constitution and impose his Baptist faith on everyone?
Only a religious zealot can conflate a right to practice his or her own religion with a nonexistent right to impose that religion on anyone else. Our Founding Fathers were wise to separate religion from government. Let's all continue to respect their wisdom.
James Moyssiadis, Mount Sinai
Kim Davis' lawyer, Roger Gannam, said, "Her freedom has been taken away for what she believes" ["Defiant Ky. clerk is jailed," News, Sept. 4]. In addition, he compared Davis' willingness to accept imprisonment to what Martin Luther King Jr. did to advance civil rights.
This is an insult to King. He was a great man doing great things by peacefully fighting racism, oppression and inequality. In contrast, Davis believes she is fighting for her religious right to oppress and discriminate against gay couples. She has created an injustice toward a group of people by her actions.
As King said, "Nothing in this world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." The United States is not a theocracy. It is a land of equal opportunity based on civil laws.
Peter Scott, St. James
The fact our Constitution has been amended 27 times is evidence that our Founding Fathers' foresight was not infallible.
The county clerk in Kentucky is an elected official. Her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because it violates her religious beliefs is compelling evidence that the founders' prophetic talents were not entirely lacking. Their separation of church and state was probably the most important concept in the Constitution.
The clerk is guilty of malfeasance. She failed to advise her county's voters, when campaigning for the position, that her religious beliefs might prevent her from complying with the demands of the job as required by law.
William F. Haffey, Massapequa
No one is forcing Kim Davis into a gay relationship, and she has a right to follow her religion. But why must gay couples have to follow Davis' beliefs? What right does she have to impose her religion on everyone else?
There are some candidates for president who support Davis! What would they do as president, impose their religious beliefs on all of us?
Gerald Deutsch, Glen Head