Dear Editor: In reply to contributor Mildred Burke’s letter (Oct. 3), which you headlined “Kim Davis Is Not a Hero,” I disagree with her assertion that “Kim Davis belongs to the minority who use their religious beliefs to…get attention for themselves.”
I believe that Mrs. Davis is a sincere person who has had some sort of personal encounter with Christ, and who was deeply affected by that encounter.
Where I fault Mrs. Davis, though, is in her failure to act positively rather than negatively on her convictions. By this I mean that she should have resigned her post and its $80,000 salary and announced her intention to run for elected office as either a local or statewide legislator. That would then truly be a “heroic” act, in that she was willing to put her own financial security ($80,000 a year does provide some security) at risk because of her beliefs, and it would enable her, if elected, to have a hand in changing the laws to which she so strongly objects. Remaining the county clerk where she is, hasn’t stopped same-sex “marriages” from being licensed and carried out elsewhere in the state of Kentucky. In fact, such an action on her part might not prove to be such a risky endeavor after all, since her county clerkship position was already an elective office, so she had already demonstrated some political ability. In fact, were I a citizen of her county, and considering the very subject of the pope’s visit to this country, I might be persuaded to vote for Mrs. Davis for county executive or whatever.