Apparently New Jersey Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Chris Christie is considering a move to the Democrat Party. Or at least that’s what it sounded like on Monday when he decided to attack fellow GOP candidate Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz for their support of Kim Davis. Governor Christie has been arguing for a couple of weeks now that Kim Davis has no right to religious expression as an employee of the government and that she should simply resign if she believes her religion doesn’t allow her to hand out marriage licenses to gay couples. This is, of course, simply preposterous, as the outgrowths of that thinking would mean that Christians across the country should never hold positions within the government because it may one day conflict with their religious beliefs.
This was not what our founders intended, and it flies in the face of the First Amendment.
On Monday, Christie went further attacking Cruz and Huckabee for “playing politics” when it’s far more likely that these two candidates sincerely support Davis’ position. It’s not playing politics when the candidates realize that they could just as easily be the ones sitting in jail for sticking to their own religious convictions.
“Frankly, I don’t think you should grandstand on this stuff,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning, referring to 2016 candidates planning to visit Davis.
“Look, everybody is entitled to their opinions, and I love Mike Huckabee and what he stands for. But I just think there’s bigger fish to fry here in terms of people understanding what faith in God really means,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich told reporters in Maine on Tuesday. “I don’t agree with Court’s decision but I had said I was going to accept the court’s decision.”
Christie on Tuesday offered an alternative to jailing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples: Move her to another job.
“What I would do with this woman is to move her to another job where this is not an objection for her, because you have to follow the law, and the law is these licenses have to be issued,” Christie said on “Fox and Friends.” “If she has a religious objection we should move her to another job inside the government.”
And if she refused to switch positions?
“Then there’s going to be an issue, but I think we should give her an option to do another job where her religious concerns are not going to be put into the crosshairs on this. So we have to have respect for people, but the government also has to function,” he said.
Man, Chris Christie would make a great Democrat candidate this cycle. He’d be right up there with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as they fight to kill the First Amendment.
The video below is a CNN interview with Roger Gannam, attorney for Kim Davis, about what’s next for his client. During the conversation he also explains why it’s not Kim Davis who is running afoul of the law, but Kentucky’s Democrat Governor Steve Beshear (D-KY).