On Religious Cowardice and Disingenuousness
I wrote earlier this week about the anti-birth control bills working their way through the Missouri State Legislature. (HP1541 and SB749, specifically) These are catch-all bills meant to allow anyone involved in the medical profession or health care industry, or intermediaries, to refuse any product or service to anyone based on their moral convictions.
So, basically, it’s legalized discrimination.
I’m not just bothered by the ambiguous and potentially abusive nature of these bills, I’m angry that the supporters of these bills don’t have the cajones to own up to what they really want: regulation of peoples’ sex lives and punishment for sexual activity. Having a discussion with a friend this morning, I asked him if making it legal to allow an employer to make an employee’s medical decisions is worth the potential abuses. (For example, someone positive for HIV being denied coverage for HIV medication by an employer with a beef against gay people.) His response was: “Well, if I go to work for someone like the Catholic Church, I’d expect that I’d have to behave the way they want me to.”
And with that, I was done. I strongly disagree with the notion that a church should have the unilateral power to bypass discrimination laws because they contradict church doctrine, especially in private businesses that enjoy tax freedom on my dime. I also have very little patience for apologists who are making excuses for these discriminatory laws when, in fact, they fully support church supremacy and statutory misogyny.
Other popular excuses I’ve heard: