I’m not sure any other picture will be as internationally stirring as the one of the tall lanky policeman carrying the lifeless body of a drowned Syrian toddler.
His family was fleeing a war torn area where a charlatan group of extremist believers (ISIS) would impose a strict theocratic government with no promise of freedom or democracy. They were leaving behind the quite real possibility of their children being kidnapped and brainwashed to kill or behead …. at eight years old. They were running to the promise of safety and security where there might be opportunities, a choice in lifestyle, career, and mobility; where the ability to worship according to personal belief is granted without repercussion. They, and thousands like them, are willing to endure grueling conditions and the possibility of death for freedom and democracy.
It is a horrendous statement of human arrogance that a baby would die in the pursuit of freedom while a woman born to privilege would abuse that same freedom.
Kim Davis will never know the insecurity of growing up in a nation wracked with war. Because of her birth place she will never know what it feels like to live under a tyrannic ruler. Kim Davis will not experience what it means to have her political voice stifled as a woman. She will not know what it feels like to have no choice and no opportunities since she was born in a secure, democratic nation.
Yet. She would spurn that freedom. She would defy her own democracy. She mocks the document that allows her to worship to her own calling – a liberty that others die for, including little Aylan, his brother and his mother.
Kim Davis lives in relative comfort while sitting in jail. She gets three meals a day, she has a roof over her head, she is protected from violence – even though she disregards the constitution that allows her those comforts.
On the other side of the world, a father buries his two sons and their mother, in a city they fled in order to acquire the privilege of freedom and democracy. He took the risk to gain a better life for his family and paid the price that none of us can fathom.
Would that Kim Davis could fathom her place of privilege, and how utterly arrogant her act of defiance is in the face of a drowned toddler.