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Filed Under ‘R’

Posted by MEC on July 10, 2009

File this under ‘R’ for ‘Render unto Caesar’.

A federal appeals court has ruled that pharmacists have to do the job they were hired for and don’t get to pick and choose which prescriptions they fill based on their personal opinions.

Specifically, pharmacists can’t refuse to dispense the Plan B pill, even if they believe that contraception = abortion = killing innocent preborn babies.

The right to freely exercise one’s religion “does not relieve an individual of the obligation to comply with a valid and neutral law of general applicability,” the 9th Circuit panel wrote.

The plaintiffs in the case argued that being required to dispense the Plan B pill violated their First Amendment right to “free exercise of religion”. The counterargument is that imposing their religious beliefs on the pharmacy’s customers violated the customers’ First Amendment right to freedom from other people’s religious rules. By upholding the customers’ rights, the Court upheld the “original intent” of the First Amendment to protect us from having religious authority imposed upon us.

2 Responses to “Filed Under ‘R’”

  1. Charles II said

    If the Supreme Court upholds, I’ll file it under M for Miracle.

  2. .
    Why not just open a “Christians Only” pharmacy? Not enough wingnuts to make it profitable? Guess they want to pick and choose among us sinners with money and/ or health insurance. I’m sure they sell condoms, even the “ribbed for her pleasure” kind, maybe even the flavored kind. And LOTS of painkillers, tranquillizers, sleeping pills, diet pills… Yup, a druggist could go broke by being TOO moral! Wonder why they would choose young sexually active females to pick on? Sounds more like ideology than theology. Or Talibanology.

    Would the Court allow them to have two lines at the pharmacy counter, maybe: “SAVED” and “SINNERS”? That might work. [snork]
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