Bottom Line: Kentucky is maliciously violating the federal Constitution and laws by refusing to issue licenses for nudist societies
GREENVILLE, Ky. — If you honestly thought the issue of illegally denying licenses in the State of Kentucky were limited only to Kim Davis and same-sex marriage licenses, you’re in for another rude awakening.
On June 17, 1978, Kentucky allowed for nudist societies to exist for religious purposes. However, much like the same-sex marriage license issue last summer, all 120 crooked county clerks and corrupt judges in all 120 counties have been, for the past nearly 38 years, intentionally robbing hard-earned cash from law-abiding nudists with no intentions of issuing licenses.
The state of Kentucky has allowed “nudist societies” to exist in the state – but only with the consent of a local judge or executive. As a practical matter, that consent is nearly impossible to obtain from locally elected officials who fear voter disapproval. However, officials typically retain the required application fee while they “consider” an application that will never be acted upon. There have been no reports that the fee has ever been refunded.
Imagine if Christian churches were subject to these same shenanigans (in bold) while applying for a license to build a church for fear of disapproval by atheist voters in Lexington. Or, if gun shops in Louisville were subject to the above and were denied their applications for fear of voter disapproval in the Jefferson County seat. Or, if these same shenanigans were pulled on a black family building a school for economically disadvantaged black people for fear of disapproval by conservative voters in Drakesboro.
You’d never hear the end of it (if any of these three scenarios happen) from national media.
So, why the silence on this issue, where people’s religious freedom (mines included, in the interest of full disclosure) are being violated at a whim by law-breaking judges in each of the state’s 120 counties from Paducah to Ashland?
For all the talk around religious freedom that happened in Morehead before and during the time Kim Davis was hauled off to the clink in Ashland, none of the 120 county governments in the state has an ounce of respect for Nudists’ religious freedoms or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
The First Amendment expressly prohibits the kinds of actions these 120+ judges have been doing since the 1978 law requiring consent via license applications under the freedom of religion clause. Since May 20, 1940 (via Cantwell vs. Connecticut), the text below has also applied to the states, so Kentucky judges can’t say that the First Amendment doesn’t apply when it comes to approving applications for nudist societies.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
What that means is that the state is blatantly and maliciously violating federal laws and amendments by refusing to approve nudist society applications that were paid for in full.
Religious freedom means freedom for all religions, including Nudism. It never meant freedom for your religion and not for others.
The Nudists in Kentucky should wise up and challenge the judges refusals to issue nudist society licenses in federal court based on the First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds. This should be an easy win against crooked judges and a crooked Kentucky licensing system.