Government “Under God’s Authority”
In the news: Feagin County Sheriff Paul Cousins announced that under his orders, police officers will begin issuing tickets against all citizens who drive motor vehicles in his jurisdiction. A member of the Amish religious community, Cousins explained that he felt driving a car would be sinful, and he would not allow sin to prevail on his watch. Cousins was asked under whose authority he denied people their legal rights. “Under God’s authority,” he replied. “I refuse to perform my public duties unless they comply first with my private religion.”
Detroit mayor Mohammed Hussein has declared that City Hall will no longer admit women to conduct business unless they first don a burka. Hussein was asked under whose authority he denied people their legal access to government services. “Under Allah’s authority. Shariah is the ultimate law.” he replied.
In other news, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has defied the U.S. Supreme Court and refused to follow the legal standards of her job as a government employee, which requires her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis was asked under whose authority she denied people their legal rights. “Under God’s authority,” she replied.