Actor George Takei spit some truth at his 9,000,000 Facebook followers.
His post reads:
Well this is a bit of a circus. So let us be clear: This woman is no hero to be celebrated. She broke her oath to uphold the Constitution and defied a court order so she could deny government services to couples who are legally entitled to be married. She is entitled to hold her religious beliefs, but not to impose those beliefs on others. If she had denied marriage certificates to an interracial couple, would people cheer her? Would presidential candidates flock to her side? In our society, we obey civil laws, not religious ones. To suggest otherwise is, simply put, entirely un-American.
The separation of church and state in America means that you can't support Kim Davis and be patriotic. Uh-oh, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee! Of course, because this is the Internet, not everybody agrees with George Takei. But he's prepared to sizzle haters with the white hot heat of a thousand well-informed suns:
If you smartphone heads out there are having trouble reading that, some rando comes on Takei's page and tries to tell him to learn his constitution, specifically the First Amendment, to which he replies:
The First Amendment has two clauses that are relevant here. One is the Establishment Clause, and the other is the Prohibition Clause. Congress may not prohibit free worship, and that is what so many claim, wrongly, is being violated. But it is also not empowered to establish any religion, nor to enact any laws favoring one religion over the other. Permitting a state employee to foist her religion upon others, denying them a fundamental right as articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell, would be to give government, through this agent, the power to impose religious doctrine and viewpoint. That it cannot do. Ms. Davis is in effect establishing religion by using her governmental powers to impose her religious views. I know the First Amendment, Shawn. Do you?
Take no prisoners! Salt the earth! No ignorance shall grow here again!
If there's one good thing to come out of this mess, it's everyone getting a refresher course on what being a government official actually means: obeying and supporting the laws of the land, and if you can't, getting the hell out of the way. If you don't agree with policies you can protest and work to change them, but not from your appointed position. Anyway, George Takei 2016, right?