April 6th, 2005

Edge

Freedom of choice and morality.

After reading a passage of a book earlier today, I became intrigued in an article I saw crossposted on Interference from the Washington Post website in late March. The article (you need to sign up to read it) relates to how some pharmacists refuse to fill out prescriptions for birth control due to personal beliefs. The quote that brought this article back to my mind was from Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, and while he is discussing marriage and divorce, you will clearly see the connection:

"... I would like to distinguish two things which are very often confused. The Christian conception of marriage is one; the other is the quite different question - how far Christians, if they are voters or Members of Parliament, ought to try to force their views of marriage on the rest of the community by embodying them in the divorce laws. A great many people seem to think that if you are a Christian yourself you should try to make divorce difficult for everyone. I do not think that. At least I know I should be very angry if the Mohammedans tried to prevent the rest of us from drinking wine. My own view is that the churches should frankly recognise that the majority of the British people are not Christians and, therefore, cannot be expected to live Christian lives."

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