Archive for Thursday, June 14, 2012

Others have choice

June 14, 2012


To the editor:

In her “Your Turn” article (Journal-World, June 9), Jill Cannon chose a perfect scripture to illustrate God’s idea of freedom of choice. Jesus did not condemn the man who failed to honor His word. He let him walk away, “sad.” No judgment, no tirade, no new law to cover the man’s failure. True freedom honors the individual’s right to choose, provided the choice does not interfere with the lives/rights of others, or contradict the laws/will of God. Jesus did not say, “Go, sell what is your neighbor’s…” or “Go, force your neighbor to be like me….” That is against God’s own laws: “Thou shall not steal…,” “Thou shall not covet…,” “Thou shall not kill…”

The individual who wants something that impinges on the right of another, most especially in the matter of conscience, seems not to understand this. A woman is free to choose contraception and abortion under the laws of this country. She is not free to force those who believe contraception and abortion wrong to act on her behalf. There are many places for a woman to obtain what she wants and do so without interference. It is not right or just or necessary to insist others go against conscience to accommodate her.  

Freedom of choice applies to all. If you ask, and someone says, “No,” you go your way and they go theirs, each with the freedom to choose, and deal with the consequences of those choices. 


tomatogrower 5 years, 7 months ago

Ok, freedom applies to all. Catholic hospitals could be free to only hire practicing Catholics who don't use contraceptives. Of course, it might leave them short staffed, but then maybe they could put their money into offering scholarships to Catholics who agree to come work for them, and not demand contraceptive coverage with their insurance. Most people say if employees don't like the way their Catholic employers run things, they can find another job. But the same goes for the Catholic pharmacist. If he/she can't get a job at a Catholic pharmacy, then they cannot work at a general public pharmacy, and refuse to sell contraceptives. They maybe shouldn't even get into pharmacy business. They can find another job. Agreed?

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 7 months ago

If someone has a script and takes it to a pharmacy they have every right to expect it to be filled. Doing so does not violate anyone's conscience. Not doing so is the pharmacist saying that they are not going to use this medication and neither are you. That is wrong.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes, actually you do, if you call in and order a pizza and pay for it, then they have to give you a pizza.

JackMcKee 5 years, 7 months ago

I wish I could choose to disjoin religion from politics. I think the founders had something to say about that too.

scaramouchepart2 5 years, 7 months ago

A pharmacy or pharmacist who refuses to provide any prescribed drug violates their own VOW, the doctors right to legally determine what drug the person will get, and the trust of the community. Even if the doctors persciption conflicts with another drug the pharmacist has to consult the doctor. They can not just change the drug.

Ragingbear 5 years, 7 months ago

I have trouble following any religion that believes in talking animals, extraterrestrial visitations, magic, ghost, and contradicting stories that make no sense. Let us not forget the bizarre fixation on penile foreskin. Sounds like a book of sick freaks to me.

denak 5 years, 7 months ago

This has nothing to do with "freedome of choice" because the government has not given religious institutions a choice. What some people do not seem to understand or care is that President Obama has essentially told religious organizations that you either provide contraceptions, sterilization or the morning after pill or the government will fine you 300,000 dollars the first year and 500,000 dollars the second year. Where is the freedom of choice in that? And even scarier, where is freedom of religion in that mandate/threat?

Regardless of where one stands on contraception, abortion, etc, every single American who claims to value their freedom should be outraged that the governement has dictated that religious institutions must go against their basic tenants. It is totally irrelevant is x% of Catholics practice birth control. It is totally irrelevant if one agrees with the Catholic Church. It is totally irrelevant if one has a religious belief system or if one thinks its just a bunch of hooey. This isn't about the Church or about birth control. This is about the U.S. Constitution. This is about the U.S. govenment taking one of our most basic rights--that of freedom of religion--and interfering in that practice. Where is the choice in that???

mom_of_three 5 years, 7 months ago

Back in February, the President updated his mandate. If a religious institution does not want to provide birth control on their insurance, then they don't have to. BUT the insurance company has to provide the birth control for free. Its not the institutions providing the contraception. Its the insurance companies. Looks like it made everyone happy.

asixbury 5 years, 7 months ago

No one wants to listen to your bit of truth. They would rather complain about a non-issue.

asixbury 5 years, 7 months ago

If it were a republican president, with the Christian majority backing him, they would accept this compromise. Some people want to hate Obama so much, that no matter what he does, they will have a problem with it. Not that the church is this way, but it does make me wonder. The President gives a perfectly good "escape clause" to the church, yet they still complain.

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