I live by what I call the C.A.R.E. rule.
If anything, I try to provide information for alternatives that people may not know are available, and that may come in line with religious beliefs.
Unfortunately the options keep getting smaller because they are being deemed criminal.
I consider, appreciate, respect and empathize with someone else's point of view. It doesn't mean I have to agree with it, but neither will I bully
them into doing something against their belief simply because I (or the majority of society) don't agree. It's not a valid or (more importantly)
effective argument. To take it one step further, and make that belief or practice criminal, to make it the job of the government or a government
agency to make decisions regarding what type of medical treatment is deemed necesary, is opening the door to allow people to abuse their control. You
can see an example of that here
Guess what, in both of those cases it isn't the parent that got to make the decision, it was "the government" (social services). You may think that
these are isolated cases, but they aren't.
How long before you won't be able to choose your own medical treatment?
How long before
becomes the norm.
it is already
Once we hand over our children's medical decisions to someone else, and very specifically to the government, we open up the door to allow them to
make more decisions regarding how our children are educated, fed, housed, clothed and guided, along with the probability of corruption and abuse of
If we do that do we not also support this
Once we surrender the ability to make choices for our children how much more difficult will it be to have our own rights to make decisions for
ourselves taken away?
Attempting to outlaw religious practices, and specifically those that concern medical care, is only opening the door to more and more extreme and
bigoted response from those who wish to continue their practice at the cost of un-involved innocent lives, and one more precarious step towards
completely surrendering our basic freedoms and ultimately our free will.
That is my position. I will defend it with logic and reason, not with an emotional response, or a religious or political agenda. You don't have to
like it. You don't have to agree with it. You can call me names if it will make you feel better. It won't change my position in regards to whether
or not a parent has a right to choose what type of medical treatment, education, or spiritual upbringing their child receives regardless of whether or
not I would make those same decisions. I will not participate in anything that limits those choices for anyone or forces anyone into submission of
something that goes against their belief.