There are days when you just know that some people don’t think before speaking. This week, the Obama administration announced a change in a Bush-mandated regulation that allowed health workers to opt-out of medical procedures and actions that the health worker’s religious faith found offensive. The change in the rules basically says. “If you work in a health-related field, you must provide all procedures and medicines dictated by good practice”. Seems reasonable to me after reading multiple stories of pharmacists refusing to provide contraceptives to unmarried women or ‘morning-after’ pills to any woman.
As one commenter noted elsewhere, “What’s next, Jehovah’s Witnesses” refusing to supply blood transfusions?” – see below
“This is going to be a political hit for the administration,” said Joel Hunter, senior pastor of the Northland Church in Longwood, Fla., whom Obama recently named to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. “This will be one of those things that kind of says, ‘I knew it. They talk about common ground, but really what they want is their own way.‘ ” – Washington Post
The attitude voiced by teh good preacher, is all too often that which the right shows whenever more progressive elements in society manage to mandate social or political changes. Even when the final action is nowhere close to what the progressives really would like to see owing to compromises with the ‘conservatives’, because our side does think about other people with differing viewpoints, the ‘conservatives’ begin to scream and shout about oppression of their views.
More from the same article, explaining why the administration is making the change
Women’s health advocates, family-planning proponents, abortion rights activists and others condemned the regulation, saying it created a major obstacle to providing many health services, including family planning and infertility treatment, and possibly a wide range of scientific research. After reviewing the regulation, newly appointed officials at the Health and Human Services Department agreed.
“We’ve been concerned that the way the Bush rule is written, it could make it harder for women to get the care they need,” said an HHS official who spoke on the condition of anonymity for the same reason. “It is worded so vaguely that some have argued it could limit family-planning counseling and even potentially blood transfusions and end-of-life care.”
From South Carolina and the Rev. BigDumbChimp comes another tale of “Christian oppression”
There is a new billboard up on I-26 put there by the Lowcountry Humanists. Here it is
Simple, nice and non confrontational right? Well as you could have guessed the Christian Persecution Complex machine is in full effect.
This is a letter to the editor this morning.
I read the recent article regarding a chapter of local secular humanists posting a billboard message about their disbelief in God.
At best this is just plain mean and spiteful. At worst it is an attempt to continue the assault on Christian and religious values.
God is love. So these sad souls want to erect a sign asserting their disbelief in love? I suppose they have the right to do so, but why? Where’s the love?
PETER ALAN SMITH
There are so many instances of this type of “Christian oppression” that I think I will need to begin a list of such things.