Pharyngula

Pope Ratzi confirms the bankruptcy of religion for me once again.

Benedict told a gathering of Catholic pharmacists that conscientious objection was a right that must be recognized by the pharmaceutical profession.

“Pharmacists must seek to raise people’s awareness so that all human beings are protected from conception to natural death, and so that medicines truly play a therapeutic role,” Benedict said.

Benedict said conscientious objector status would “enable them not to collaborate directly or indirectly in supplying products that have clearly immoral purposes such as, for example, abortion or euthanasia.”

There is an interesting moral argument against enablng euthanasia, I think, but it doesn’t apply here: pharmacists, as responsible and informed as they are, are not doctors, and are expected to dispense drugs as the doctor requests. It’s fair that a pharmacist would warn the client (“This drug can kill you”) or verify the prescription (“This combination of drugs can have risky effects—I’m going to call your doctor and make sure this is what she wants”), but this whole business of pharmacists refusing to do their job because of religious scruples is not tolerable.

The pope, being a deranged medieval nutcase at heart, of course carries his instructions far beyond the degree that should be allowed.

“We cannot anesthetize consciences as regards, for example, the effect of certain molecules that have the goal of preventing the implantation of the embryo or shortening a person’s life,” he said.

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Right. Let’s shut down the selling of birth control at Catholic pharmacies, and let’s have Muslim bagboys shut down the sale of alcohol at stores (and the Muslim cabbies can end the transport of alcohol), and let’s turn every flaky religious nut into a vigilante for his own weird personal beliefs, enjoined to enforce them on every other person in his neighborhood, whether they share his dogma or not.

This is simply a religious injunction to be intolerant, a denial of the plain fact that many non-Catholics (and, of course, even many Catholics) do not obey papal rules. But then, that’s what religion teaches: to be intolerant and to deny reality.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?, OM
    October 30, 2007

    Wait, so is he objecting to the regular ol’ Pill?

    To everything. Everything except the calendar method.

    Though he probably knows that in this case he was talking about the morning-after pill… I hope.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    October 30, 2007

    When I taught developmental bio and we talked about the effects of estrogen, inevitably leading up to a discussion on birth control pills, about 99% of my kids were like, “OH! THAT’S how it works???”

    At a university?

    Over here how all manner of contraception works is taught in the 8th year of school.