Freedom of Conscience

The pharmacists who want “freedom of conscience” to refuse to fill legal prescriptions for women seeking contraceptive devices are no different from the diner owners who wanted “freedom of conscience” not to serve blacks.

Jon Carroll, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle April 25, 2005, requoted in What Liberals Believe, page 38, edited by William Martin

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P.S. From Jeneane Behme: In 2015, Kim Davis, a Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky, also used this same, tired, pathetic “freedom of conscience” as a reason to not do her job and issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.

People do not have a right to a job, and they do not have a right to use their job or position to force their personal religious beliefs onto others. Their customers, clients, patients, etc., have the greater right to expect the same professional service and products that would be given to the people who are of the same like mind as the ones who attempt to claim “freedom of conscience”.

People, it is SO simple! Whatever religious views you hold, whatever deity or godheads you worship and revere, that is great, you have the right to hold those views and worship whomever you want….BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE YOUR RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON OTHER PEOPLE!!!

Kim Davis needs to quit her job as county clerk since she cannot fulfill all of the duties she was elected to perform. The laws of the land have a higher merit than her personal religious beliefs and if her job and her beliefs clash, then either she gives up her beliefs or she gives up her job. Period. End of story.


Thank you.

About jeneanecommonplacebook

What Is a Commonplace Book? A commonplace book is someone’s personal collection of quotes, witticisms, observances, poems, and even graffiti that have inspired them, made them laugh or touched them in some way. Many famous people throughout history have had commonplace books, such as Thomas Jefferson, John Milton, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and the scientist, Carl Linnaeus. I began my commonplace books while I was in junior high school in the early 1970’s and so I have almost 50 years of quotes about such a wide variety of topics told in ways more eloquent, wise or humorous than anything I could ever come up with. And it’s wonderful that in this type of blog, I can also include some of my favorite artists and their artwork as well. I'm almost 60 years old with a daughter, 3 granddaughters, and a kitty-cat. I live in beautiful Bay City, MI. I have 2 associate degrees with additional college credits and hopefully I will be able to complete my goal of obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. (Life keeps getting in the way). I enjoy literature, horse racing, baseball, NFL football, The Olympics, astronomy, history (particularly Irish), art, old movies, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Unit One, science, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, U2, The Doors, oh and so much more! I have very eclectic and prolific interests. If you would like to check out my personal writings, please go to
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