Kareem Abdul-Jabbar can do a lot more than play elegant basketball. He can write and he writes about the important issues of the day. In this case he writes about Kim Davis, the Christian woman who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because she was doing God’s will. He feels that Davis’ actions are not the issue. He finds the issue to be that presidential candidates agree with her.
“What makes this situation especially significant is that also offering their support to Davis were presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz.”
Abdul-Jabbar understands why the Constitution demands the separation of church and state and he explains succinctly why this that separation is necessary, “”Then we add in all the other religions and belief systems in our country—all protected by the Constitution—and we see why we don’t go to any one religion to decide what should be legal. The Orthodox Jewish clerk at the DMV cannot deny you a driver’s license because you eat ham. The Muslim clerk at the Social Security office can’t deny you benefits because you drink liquor. The Christian Scientist clerk at the IRS cannot audit your taxes because you chose medical help. Practice your religion in freedom; just don’t make everyone else practice your religion.”