Three Williamson County commissioners violated the U.S. Constitution when they interrogated constable applicants concerning their religious opinions about abortion and same-sex marriage. Specifically, Article 6 states that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
Most importantly, Lisa Birkman, Valerie Covey, and Cynthia Long also disobeyed God’s law as promulgated in the Holy Bible. Believers are required to honor and respect civil authority, which ultimately derives from God. Because Texas Republicans assert that the Bible is the basis of the Constitution, the commissioners defied God’s word by violating a constitutional principle that originated in scripture.
All three commissioners claim to be devout Christians and uncompromising opponents of abortion and gay marriage. They imposed their fundamentalist views on the constable candidates in the form of religious litmus tests. One commissioner testified that her extreme beliefs derive from biblical teachings; then she condemned plaintiff Robert Lloyd as “lazy.”
Civil servants like the commissioners are regarded as ministers of God and as such, their obedience to the highest authority in the nation, the U.S. Constitution, is mandated by God. This requirement for Christians derives from Jesus’ teachings (Matthew 22:21, Mark 12:17, Luke 20:25) and the writings of Paul and others (Romans 13:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Titus 3:1-2, 1 Peter 2:13-17). It is apparent that the commissioners invoke scripture selectively.
What punishment is ordained for civil servants who disobey the highest authority in the land – removal from office, reimbursement of taxpayer funds, substantial fines, jail time?
Williamson County residents should reasonably expect the three sanctimonious commissioners to resign from office immediately and repay the $1 million dollars of taxpayer funds expended for the dishonorable defense of their blatant constitutional blasphemy by the Giuliani law firm.
Finally, Robert Lloyd deserves special recognition from the community for his courage and tenacity in defending a basic Constitutional principle against fundamentalist corruption by three fanatical commissioners.