During the Michigan legislature’s lame duck session last December, as you might recall, our elected representatives in the House passed something called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which, if signed into law, would give Michiganders of faith (whatever that means) the freedom to discriminate against those they feel to be unworthy in the eyes of their god. Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, in defense of the bill, said, “This is not a license to discriminate,” and then went on to contradict himself by explaining how good Christians shouldn’t be forced to bake wedding cakes for godless homosexuals. Bolger then added, “People simply want their government to allow them to practice their faith in peace.”
Well, this week, we’ve been given an opportunity to see how this new legal protection designed to protect our defenseless Christian majority may work in practice, when the six-day old child of a lesbian couple was denied service by a doctor in Roseville, Michigan.
Married lesbian couple, Krista and Jami Contreras, upon taking their newborn child in for a checkup at Eastlake Pediatrics, were told that the doctor they had planned to see, Vesna Roi, had decided to stay home that day, rather than attend to their child. The doctor, they were told, “had prayed on it, and she won’t be able to care for” their baby.
Here’s coverage from Fox 2 News in Detroit.
It should be noted that another, less bigoted doctor at Eastlake Pediatrics offered to take over for Dr. Roi and look at the six-day old Bay Contreras. It’s my understanding however, that Krista and Jami Contreras chose to take their terrifyingly gay-love-covered child elsewhere.
Clearly, I would think, this is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath, even if Governor Snyder has yet to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, giving us the right to treat the gay like people of color were treated in the South during the Jim Crow era. Leaving all of that aside, though, I’m hoping that maybe one of my more devout readers can help me to understand the Biblical justification for Dr. Roi’s actions.
My understanding is that Jesus consorted with all types of people, right? I mean, doesn’t it mention in the Bible that he washed the feet of prostitutes and the like? And, if that’s the case, I’m wondering what his modern day followers are basing their desire to have bigotry protected under law on. Is there a passage in the Bible that I’m not aware of where Jesus says, “Let’s not care for that faggot?” or “Let’s leave that child growing up in the household of lesbians to die?”
[note: I edited the post to make it more clear that that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, while having been passed by the Michigan House, has yet to be signed into law.]