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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

John Aravosis at AMERICAblog is right to sound the alarm about the next encroachment on your rights masterminded by what he calls the "Christian Taliban." Christian pharmacists want to be able to turn away anyone they wish for any religious reason they might have.

What a bunch of moralistic bullshit! Next, will teachers be able to turn away anyone they don't take to? Will doctors in emergency rooms be able to do the same?

I am 100 percent certain there is a breach of the Hippocratic Oath intrinsic in this. If these zealots can't bear to deal with people who offend their religious sensibilities (and I use that term lightly), they need to find another line of work.

I have to admit -- I'm not as alarmed as Aravosis at this point. Even though I live in a small town, I get my scripts filled by a mail-order house in a larger city. The employees there are efficient, friendly and competent. I've never had any problem or concern with them. I'm fairly certain none of them will be quick to turn anyone away. They are true professionals -- in the field to help people -- unlike the fundies, who seemingly only want to preserve their politics. I like the idea that these Christian freaks will actively espouse their politics -- thereby offending a great proportion of their client base. The mail-order firm I deal with will pick up the new clients who believe their medical concerns ought to be free from political scrutiny. Then, market forces will ensure the Christian hypocrites will lose customers and eventually -- hopefully -- their practices. It's simply not good business to be a hypocritical bigot.

So, sure -- pass the laws! Let's expose these hypocrites for who they are -- so we can stop supporting their practices!

Beware, though.... Sooner or later the pendulum will swing. I'm going to be the first to suggest to my pharmacist friend that the fundies offend some moral sensitivity he has. Just wait 'til Rush Limbaugh tries to get his next fill of Oxycotin through him. "Sorry, Sir -- NEXT!"

Christian Bigots Want to Turn You Away from Your Pharmacy for Being a Sinner

Read this. It's going to be a big issue soon, mark my words. What the article doesn't tell you is that this part of a larger scam the religious right has been developing for a few years now. Passing state laws, and I'm sure going for a federal one as well, giving pharmacists (and ambulance workers in one state) the right to turn you away for any moral or religious reason they might have.

In other words, the Christian Taliban now say you're oppressing them by going to your local pharmacy and trying to buy birth control pills, condoms, AIDS drugs, Viagra, and anything else that their velvet-dogs-playing-poker sensibilities can't handle. Yes, if some Christian Taliban chooses to be a pharmacist, they want HIM to have the right to turn you away at the drug counter for being a sinner in his eyes.

Now here's a thought. What about a Christian Scientist or someone who doesn't believe in medicine working at a pharmacy? After all, isn't it an affront to God that you don't believe He can heal your cancer for you? How dare you try to get your cancer drug prescription filled at the only pharmacy you have in small town America? Obviously you hate God. Do you have an STD? I'm sorry, God gave you that because you're not married and having sex -- next in line. Propecia? Vanity is a sin -- next. AIDS drugs? Fag.

In other worlds, Janet Jacksons nipple now invades your pharmacy. These bigoted fundamentalist Taliban freaks want to take over every aspect of our country and every aspect of our lives. It's time for some big progressive group to dump some serious money on fighting back, and hard.

Find AMERICAblog here --> http://www.americablog.blogspot.com/
Find the article Aravosis refers to ("The Right Frame of Mind: Protecting Christian Health Care Workers") here --> http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/3/12005mc.asp


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