I find it deplorable that any employer would require a "profession of Christian faith" when interviewing prospective employees, but apparently it has become an all-too-common demand in these days when the "separation of the church and the state" grows smaller and smaller every day.
I can arrive at no other conclusion when I hear statements from the owner of a car dealership in the Kanawha Valley. Apparently, in his concept of righteous indignation, he assumes he has the moral right to impose his beliefs on those subordinate to him, especially those of the female gender.
The hypocrisy of his indignation is further exemplified by the fact that he failed to recognize that his current health care plan for his employees already provides the "morning-after pill." I assume this common error of classifying the morning-after pill as no different from the standard abortion procedure made the coverage repulsive to him. Actually, the pill is a totally different process which prevents the sperm and the egg from fertilization -- but I digress.
One shocking characteristic of fundamentalist church organizations is their "intolerance of those who are tolerant" and therefore they condemn and demonize anyone who thinks differently. They feel quite justified in spreading the wrath and anger of God toward infidels. The idea of "freedom of choice" is foreign to them.
They assume a woman is not only incapable of making her own reproductive choices but also should have no ambitions except to raise children and attend to families. Raising children is an awesome challenge, and I applaud those make this choice freely. But in today's world, unfortunately, families fortunate enough to sustain themselves with only one income are few.
This is not the same world it was at the beginning of America. There are more than 300 million people in America today. Our society has become very complex, and the days of farm life, where large families and also the death rate from childbirth were high, won't return.
Abortion is a tragedy for all concerned and exemplifies a failure of our current civilization -- but to impose our beliefs on others less fortunate than ourselves is also a tragedy. Women in today's world are well educated, informed, and capable of making their own reproductive choices. That choice should be made only by themselves, with the confidentiality of their personal physicians.
Merger (or taking over) of the government by the church is a dangerous movement. The days are coming closer every day when a call to prayer by your employer, your municipality, or your government will dictate your daily lives.
Surely, fundamentalist and dominionist believers rejoice at this thought, but I admonish you to think of the lives of millions of lost souls in countries like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan that are ruled by religious dictators.
You don't think that is a danger here in the United States? The thin veil of grouping the morning-after pill alongside abortion is a start at such a takeover. Imposing your religious beliefs on others is a very bad first step toward destruction of democracy.
Let women make their own reproductive choices. They deserve nothing less.
Smithson lives in Charleston.