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W.'s Effed-Up "Right of Conscience"

By The Reverend Published: December 4, 2008

Radical fundamentalist Islamics want to impose Islamic religious laws everywhere they gather. Great danger to the world....wingnuts tell us. Surely, no one wants American women to be forced to wear bhurkas...right? Yeah, those Middle Eastern religious nuts make such a big deal about moral conscientiousness, establishing medieval laws forbidding a woman's face from being seen by a man in public. Islamic men are only fighting for their "right of conscience" to not be lured into sexual misconduct by the sight of a woman's face in public. Not sexual discrimination or denial of women's rights....oh,no...it's just morally objectionable...that's all.

Sure glad America isn't like those Muslim countries where radical "rights of conscience" prevail in society....

Or.....

The outgoing Bush administration is planning to announce a broad new "right of conscience" rule permitting medical facilities, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare workers to refuse to participate in any procedure they find morally objectionable, including abortion and possibly even artificial insemination and birth control.

Proponents, including the Christian Medical Assn. and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, say the rule is not limited to abortion. It will protect doctors who do not wish to prescribe birth control or to provide artificial insemination, said Dr. David Stevens, president of CMA.

"The real battle line is the morning-after pill," he said. "This prevents the embryo from implanting. This involves moral complicity. Doctors should not be required to dispense a medication they have a moral objection to." Link

The anti-choice groups of America aren't really interested in reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies.....not really. If they were, they would encourage the use of the morning after pill. And of course, Catholic Bishops have their own conflict of interest here in that their only form of evangelization is through biological means. That last sentence may have offended someone's "right of conscience"......so sorry.

No, these folks are simply standing in for the sex police....until we officially designate such a national group of morality protectors. An American version of the Office of Vice and Virtue.

"Doctors should not be required to dispense a medication they have a moral objection to." Think about that sentence. A medication to relieve the suffering of a gay or lesbian could be "morally objectionable" to a Theo-conic medical worker. Birth control pills? Sorry..they're just too offensive to my invisible god....can't prescribe or dispense them. Too immoral.

HIV victim? Need medication? Too objectionable to Theocon sensibilities....sorry. Sexually Transmitted Disease medication to relieve suffering? Way too objectionable, you know, morally.....Doctors and Pharmacists for God simply cannot be associated with evil.

Why stop with medical professionals? Surely, there are those easily offended warriors for god who experience a suffering of conscience when they have to serve blacks or Muslims at their establishments of business. Black man with white woman? Sorry...too morally offensive to serve you. My conscience would bother me. That headscarf you're wearing offends my conscience.....could you eat somewhere else? What about law enforcement and emergency personnel? They certainly shouldn't miss out on "moral conscience relief" when needed.....right? Get a call from the 'hood? Can't respond because, you know, consciences may be threatened.

The absolute worst American president in history, an unindicted multiple felon responsible for the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of, like, real human beings with consciences, is instituting an executive rule allowing for legal discrimination against law abiding customers of reproductive medical care....and he's calling it "a right of conscience."

That's amazingly effed up.

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