Wow. The headline below pretty much says it all:
Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan House.
The bill allows health care workers to refuse service to anyone on moral, ethical or religious grounds.
The Republican dominated House passed the measure as dozens of Catholics looked on from the gallery. The Michigan Catholic Conference, which pushed for the bills, hosted a legislative day for Catholics on Wednesday at the state Capitol.
The bills now go the Senate, which also is controlled by Republicans.
…Paul A. Long, vice president for public policy for the Michigan Catholic Conference, said the bills promote the constitutional right to religious freedom.
“Individual and institutional health care providers can and should maintain their mission and their services without compromising faith-based teaching,” he said in a written statement.
This makes me absolutely sick. Well, thank goodness I don’t live in Michigan, then.
And this was pushed by a religious organization? A so-called Christian religious organization? It almost makes me wish there really were a god and heaven so these hate-filled fanatics would get their just reward in the end, when Jesus meets them at the barred Pearly Gates to remind them that they believe that he had healed lepers, eaten with prostitutes, and praised the good Samaritan over the pious but uncharitable Pharisees and exhorted his followers to do no less. Since when does “faith-based teaching” suggest that the faithful aren’t supposed to help others, even if not especially those with whom they disagree, or suggest that the faithful, in fact, are to let others die while they stand idly by secure in their hateful, smug false piety?
What has happened to America? I don’t need to be told by “Christians” that I’m going to hell; I think I already live there.
[Via Tin Man]