Thursday, August 21, 2008

Homosex Lifestyle and Right of Conscience

The same California Supreme Court that created a "right" to homosexual "marriage" earlier this year has now ruled that the state may force healthcare professionals to provide services that support an immoral and physically dangerous lifestyle.

California's highest court was unanimous in its decision on Monday that Christian doctors may not refuse to perform artificial insemination for homosexual patients. (See "California court says no religious exemption for doctors") Attorney Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), reacts to the ruling.

"This is a clear violation of the fundamental rights of individuals to live and practice their faith," he states bluntly. "Forcing doctors to have to choose between being a doctor and being a Christian in the State of California is an outrageous violation of the fundamental rights of every American to be able to practice their faith and not to have to leave their occupation because of it."

In the case in question, the Christian doctors refused to perform artificial insemination on a lesbian patient, but did refer her to another doctor who would perform the elective treatment. Dacus says that proves this suit was not about guaranteeing "healthcare" for homosexuals, but instead about punishing Christians for obeying God's Word.

"This is not about denying people services," the attorney argues. "This is, instead, about the 'thought police' attempting to censor Christian beliefs and Christian perspectives that don't agree with homosexuality. We're talking...about individuals being able to force doctors or other professionals to violate their faith in order to keep their job." And that, he adds, is a clear violation of the rights of individuals to be able to practice their expertise and, at the same time, not to have to deny their faith.

Read it all here.


St. James said...

The above UK website has some information about the now-illegal
discrimination in the provision of
goods and services to gay persons:

The "Sexual Orientation Regulations 2007," went into force
last year.

Alice C. Linsley said...

Sadly, the USA will likely go the way of the UK, especially if Omaba wins.

Forcing one morality down the throats of people who don't agree with that morality overthrows the right of conscience. It ultimately leads to the establishment of separate programs, schools, churches, etc. where people feel free to exercise their moral choices and consciences. That is happening now with the establishment of a new Anglican Province in North America.