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Thursday, April 22, 2004
 
What happens when...
you inject religion into places it doesn't belong?

You end up with asinine consequences like this:
Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan House.

The bill allows health care workers to refuse service to anyone on moral, ethical or religious grounds.

The Republican dominated House passed the measure as dozens of Catholics looked on from the gallery. The Michigan Catholic Conference, which pushed for the bills, hosted a legislative day for Catholics on Wednesday at the state Capitol.

The bills now go the Senate, which also is controlled by Republicans.

The Conscientious Objector Policy Act would allow health care providers to assert their objection within 24 hours of when they receive notice of a patient or procedure with which they don't agree. However, it would prohibit emergency treatment to be refused.
Basically, Michigan's Right-to-Life crowd forced through a bill that would prevent doctors from being sued if they didn't perform, refer, or even mention abortion. BUT that would probably be unconstitutional, so they had to make the exemption a broad matter of "Religious Conscience."

So... if you "believe" that gays, or any group that is not protected by civil rights laws somehow offend your "conscience", you can tell them to take a hike. I wonder if a devout Muslim or Jewish Doctor could refuse to treat a "pork eaters" digestive problems?

Isn't it ironic that religious folk are protected by the same laws that they are trying to shit on?
 
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