Re: “Judge says Washington can’t make pharmacies sell Plan B” (TNT, 2-22).
Hopefully, another generation or two will see the religious zealots losing their political clout. Or, absent that, losing their tax-exempt status.
In my law enforcement career, I swore to abide by and enforce all laws, not just those I liked or agreed with. Sometimes I even had to protect really terrible people. What a concept!
Pharmacies have always sold condoms. And while religious extremist pharmacists might draw a distinction between Plan B (regarding a fertilized egg) and the contraceptive value of condoms (fertilization prevention), clearly the Catholic Church does not.
We are, therefore, left with the quandary: Whose religious values should we adhere to? Whose particular belief system should inform society at large?
The right answer, the American answer, is no one’s. Religion has zero place in politics. Zero. And a state worker or licensee – whether law enforcement officer, firefighter, bartender or pharmacist – should have an absolute obligation to abide by, and dispense to, law-abiding society and provide legal products and services.
Many years ago I knew a woman who referred to herself as a “cafeteria Catholic” because she would pick and choose the dogma she’d follow. The court has now endowed state-licensed pharmacists with that same leeway.
Separation of church and state? I think not.