Mondays with Mike: She really doesn't know what's good for her

September 7, 2015 • Posted in Mike Knezovich, Mondays with Mike, Uncategorized by

About this thing in Kentucky: When you cut through the screeds and snark, it really is a pretty big deal. But something isn’t getting enough play.


That is: The First Amendment is why we have religious freedom in the United States. Preventing the government from promoting or projecting any one religion over another is why we can have so many people practicing so many different faiths. And when you think about it, without such a protection, things could get really ugly and crazy fast. Like, the government could promote one flavor of Christianity over another. Or Orthodox Judaism over Reformed.

Best, the founders thought, to keep government out of the religion business altogether, and to prevent it from stopping anyone from practicing their particular faith.

I think what we’re witnessing reflects a troublesome ignorance of the principles behind the First Amendment. That clerk in Kentucky doesn’t know that she’s spitting on the part of the constitution that ensures she can worship as she pleases.

Beyond ignorance, it takes a certain kind of selfish entitlement to presume that while working as a public servant she can refuse service to someone who doesn’t share her faith and attendant beliefs. They have the same right that she does–to worship (or not) as they see fit.

It borders on crazy. But that’s where we’re at these days.

patti brehler On September 7, 2015 at 8:05 am

Well put, as always!

Janet On September 7, 2015 at 8:38 am


Dean On September 7, 2015 at 8:51 am

So simply, yet so well said!

Lori On September 7, 2015 at 9:45 am

It’s worrisome that we are not seeing enough breakdown and explanation of the 1st Amendment so that people who have no problem with her actions can understand the conflict better.

Mike On September 7, 2015 at 11:13 am

Thanks all. Lori, yeah, I’m afraid that all this stuff about how many times she’s been married, the tit for tat, Amish guy working at Best Buy but can’t sell you electronics, all that misses the larger point. I’m not a constitutional lawyer but I spent a fair amount of time in journ school studying it, and am often disappointed that it’s not as widely and well understood as it ought to be.

Mel Theobald On September 7, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Amen Brother….and I haven’t said, “Amen” for almost 50 years. This whole thing makes be shudder at those who don’t understand the concept of separation of Church from/and State. That as I recall is what America was founded upon. Thanks Mike.

Brigitte On September 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Thanks, Mike. Too bad you’re preaching to the choir… Has a Catholic registrar ever refused a certificate to a divorcee? Catholic registrars, unite!!!

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