Letters to the Editor

Buddy Owens: Call it tyranny

After reading the Nov. 7 Point of View article “ On marriages and magistrates,” I understand the meanings of convoluted and confused. Since when is it acceptable for government employees to refuse to do the jobs they were hired to do? Since when can government employees choose to ignore their oath of office?

Is it now the right of magistrates to choose which residents may benefit from a service performed by their office? To protect the resident against religious tyranny when seeking a government position, the third paragraph of Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states that, other than being bound by oath or affirmation “no religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

To protect the resident against religious tyranny in the form of religious preferences of a government employee, these same employees are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of religion by the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment, which requires that the federal government provide equal protection of the laws, and the Fourteenth Amendment, which requires the states to provide equal protection of the laws.

The religious preferences of a government official cannot be imposed upon residents and then be dismissed as a mere inconvenience when they are denied that service. That is tyranny!

Buddy Owens

Raleigh

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