Right of Conscience

Dear Editor: Kim Davis, in the eyes of most, including myself, is not a hero, but she still has the right to conscientious objection. Listen to what Pope Francis had to say on his flight back from New York to Rome, not commenting on Davis specifically, but on the subject of conscientious objection: Speaking with […]

Science v. Religion

Dear Editor: Two letters (Oct. 3) are wrongheaded. Mildred Burke supports her view of “infallible science” sanctioning homosexuality by citing science v. religion narratives that never really occurred historically except in mythologized forms encouraged by popular anti-religious hatred.

Let’s Not Confuse the Issue of Conscience

So, what to think about Kim Davis? She’s the county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She served a few days in jail for refusal to do her job, was freed and then claimed to have had a private audience with Pope Francis during his visit to Washington, D.C. Her attorney said that the Holy Father told her to be strong – an apparent endorsement of her position.

Kim Davis Is Not a Hero

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the letter about the “Courage of Kim Davis” (Readers’ Forum, Sept. 19). In the past century, a tradition of heroes who defied the law and went to prison over matters of conscience has arisen. Starting in the early 20th century with the American Suffragettes, others such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., inspired important change. Their civil disobedience created social change and the doing away of injustices.