Doctors' 'Conscience' as Refusal to Provide Medical Care to Lesbians

While in some states, the Right is attempting to establish so-called “conscience clauses” to allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives, one case in California finds a medical clinic – and the Religious Right – attempting to expand that principle to “conscience”-based discrimination against patients, rather than the services they seek. Doctors at an infertility clinic north of San Diego refused to provide a woman with artificial insemination services, citing their religious conviction against birth out of wedlock – and, according to the woman, citing her sexual orientation. California law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The right-wing Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the clinic, claims this is a case about the right “to exercise your faith as a Christian.” The woman’s lawyer warned that “The next case may be about whether a doctor is willing to do a pap smear” for a lesbian.”

Other right-wing groups have filed amicus briefs in the case. Peter Ferrara of the American Civil Rights Union defended the doctor’s decision because, he said, it was based on “a commonly held view, well grounded in Christian tradition.” Brian Rooney of the Thomas More Law Center warned that the case “smacks of Nazi Germany when Hitler forced doctors to do diabolical acts that were like this.”

AFA Michigan Opposes Anti-Bullying Measure

Citing “segregated, protected class categories, including homosexual behavior and cross-dressing.”

AFA Claims Anti-Gay Boycott Hurting Ford

2008: Right Excited over Fred Thompson

Weyrich: actor would “unite both the economic and social conservative wings of the party.” Vetting is tough, though.

Stem Cell Research Opponents Warn of Egg 'Harvest'

As the Senate once again debates funding for embryonic stem cell research, many right-wing groups are reminding us of their fervent opposition. Focus on the Family’s Carrie Gordon Earll, who says embryos discarded from fertility treatments can be adopted, says “”We oppose destroying these embryos or any young humans for research.” Joseph Cella of Fidelis, Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, and Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee similarly voice their objections, and Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition claims that the bill constitutes persecution of “people of faith”:

This shows utter contempt and disdain by the United States Senate for people of faith.  And let it be made very clear, supporters of this legislation can no longer consider themselves friends to historic Christianity.

Meanwhile, the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ warns that “the potential of the emergence of a market for the sale and harvesting of eggs would be immense,” a scenario grimly predicted by Cathy Ruse of the Family Research Council in a Washington Times op-ed as mass “exploitation” of “the bodies of young women” as “human hens”: “If embryonic stem cell researchers have their way, young women will soon be paid to lay eggs on demand like chickens in a factory farm, but with more pain and personal risk.”

Schiavo Lawyer Sets Sights on Gay Students

Florida lawyer David C. Gibbs III, general counsel for the Christian Law Association (and son of its founder David Gibbs Jr.), received national attention for his role representing Terri Schiavo’s parents. Where is he now? Trying to prevent students at Okeechobee High School from convening a gay-straight alliance (GSA) club.

While passed to allow student-led Bible groups to meet where other non-curricular clubs have access, the federal Equal Access Act protects against any discrimination “on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meetings” – and, as courts have found, that includes GSAs. Gibbs, who is representing Okeechobee High, offers a “For me and not for thee” argument for discriminating against the club based on his claim that the “real motive” of GSAs is to promote sex, as he explained to the American Family Association’s news service:

Gibbs contends the club is not being honest about its real motives when it uses vague arguments about fairness and non-discrimination. "[T]he reality is they want to encourage sexual activity," he says. "They want to encourage sexual experimentation, they want to encourage even experimentation with homosexuality and bisexuality and different things -- and they believe this is good."

Ousted Alabama Judge Sees Work as Continuation of Nuremburg Trials

Roy Moore – who was removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing a federal court’s order that he take a two-ton “Ten Commandments” monument out of his courtroom, and who later took the monument on tour to launch his new career as a religious-right activist – used his column to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day by alluding to his own campaign against church-state separation and other religious-right wedge issues:

Ironically, all the other nations which joined to prosecute the Nazi regime based on the law of nations given by God now reject the sovereignty of that God over law and government, the defunct Soviet Union being the first and most obvious example. As it was in the days of David, "the kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying 'let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us'" (Psalm 2:2-3). The United Nations, which purports to make and enforce modern international law, routinely undermines God's laws concerning life, liberty and property and openly rejects any connection between God and the law of nations.

As America and other nations try to "set themselves" against the laws of God, we increase the risk of repeating the lessons of history. When our thoughts turn toward the horrors of the Holocaust this weekend, let us not forget that the Nazis at Nuremberg were held accountable because of the higher law of God to which all nations, at all times, are subject.

Alliance for Marriage Warns Massachusetts to 'Dump the Toxic Waste'

… of gay marriage “across state lines.”

D’Souza: Muslims Hate 'Blue America'

Author: Fight Bin Ladin’s appeal by opposing “homosexual marriage.”

Right Hits Giuliani on Abortion

NR: position “makes neither logical, moral, nor political sense.” Catholic League: “incoherent.” Cal Thomas: “twists him and the law into a pretzel.”