I have been asked my thoughts on Kim Davis the embattled Rowan County clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Plain and simple, this is an act of civil disobedience to take a stand on an issue. Kim Davis is directly refusing to obey the supreme court decision because of her religious convictions that leads her to disagree with that decision. This is as American as apple pie and baseball.
Henry Thoureau refused to pay federal taxes to protest slavery and the Mexican War. Claudette Colvin and later, Rosa Parks refusing to move seats on a bus. Rev. Martin Luther King organizing sit ins among other protests. The burning of draft cards during the Vietnam War. 1970 Chicago student strike. Even more recently, Bill McKibben along with many others were arrested for sitting in front of the White House for weeks to protest environmental concerns, and numerous decently laws have been broken by the free the nipple movement for women’s equality. The riots in Ferguson and Baltimore were violent acts of civl disobedience to protest the abuse or perceived abuse of police against minorities. I could go on, but civil disobedience is as much a part of American history as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our country began with acts of civil disobedience such as chucking that tea into the harbor.