Letters to the editor for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
Ms. Davis broke no law
This is to address a letter written by Rich Dunn regarding Kim Davis and the Constitution. I researched the Kentucky statutes and the words “so help me God” are, in fact, required by that state. Furthermore, I would submit that the founders did intend for the oath to be taken before God. Daniel Webster wrote, “What is an oath? It is founded on a degree of consciousness that there is a Power above us that will reward our virtues or punish our vices. Our system of oaths in all our courts, by which we hold liberty and property and all our rights, are founded on or rest on Christianity and a religious belief.”
Furthermore, you state that the U.S. Constitution does not mention God, but its very foundation is the Declaration of Independence, which mentions God four times.
Since we are talking about the Constitution, remember the Tenth Amendment, which states that anything not addressed in the Constitution is not the jurisdiction of the federal government, but rather the states or the people. As the Constitution is silent on the issue of marriage, it becomes an issue for the states. The states left it up to the people. The Supreme Court that you herald as being the final arbiter of the Constitution went far beyond its own powers as defined by that same Constitution in this case.
Laws are only to be passed by Congress, not the Supreme Court. From that perspective, Ms. Davis has broken no law.