Judges shouldn’t give up beliefs

I am disturbed by the letter in Thursday’s paper from Logan Clemmer addressing Jan Garrett and Kevin Duncan no longer performing marriages.

The right to decide your own lifestyle applies to everyone, not just the side you agree with.

Clemmer stated, “If they are unable to put their beliefs aside and perform the duties appointed to them by the courts, then they are no longer impartial.”

If a belief can be put aside, it is not a belief, only an opinion. I would rather have my “judicial well-being” in the hands of someone who stands firm in his belief, rather than someone who is swayed by every passing influence.

I would be able to trust the former, but never know where the latter stands.

Clemmer should read the Declaration of Independence before using it to reinforce his stand. The statement from which he quotes actually says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The entire document makes continual reference to God, showing us the faith our founding fathers had in the Creator.

His disparaging term, “particular fairy tale book,” refers to the Bible. May I respectfully point out that this is the same bigotry of which he is accusing Garrett and Duncan?

We are all capable of holding our particular beliefs in such passion that we sometimes denigrate the belief of another. My plea is that we all respect one another, even to the point that we allow another the freedom to believe differently.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Kay Arvizu

Clovis