Soapbox Time

Only one political post a year, I swear. I think. I used to be a Target shopper. They treat their employees better than Wal-Mart does, they have more responsible policies regarding community involvement/investment. But not anymore. Target is allowing its pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception, a.k.a. Plan B, if they object on religious grounds. I freely admit that I'm heading straight for the nuclear option here, but here's how it is: if you or someone you know is the victim of rape, and you want the option, apparently you're better off looking for it somewhere else. Their weak-ass rationale is that they are thereby complying with the equal opportunity employment provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which they say requires them to accomodate their employee's religious beliefs. Sorry, kids, but that won't wash: 1. Target only applies this policy to Plan B. Nothing else. What if my religion prohibits the dispensation of antibiotics on the Flying Spaghetti Monster's Day Of Just Dealing With Whatever You've Got Going On? The "accomodation" discriminates against other employees and against Target's customers, Q.E.Fucking.D. 2.The act itself says it's not illegal to hire people "on the basis of his religion, sex, or national origin in those certain instances where religion, sex, or national origin is a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operation of that particular business or enterprise." Having no religious beliefs that preclude the dispensation of legally prescribed medication would seem to be a pretty reasonably necessary qualification for running a pharmacy. If you tell your employer that you won't work on Saturdays/Sundays/Fridays after sundown/The Feast Of Maximum Occupancy, that's a situation that requires an accomodation. Telling your employer that in certain cases you have a moral objection to doing your job, that's a situation that requires you look for a new line of work. I swear this country gets crazier even when it seems to be getting better. If you need me I'll be over in the corner, murmuring "eppur si muove" to myself over and over again.


Blogger StudioGlyphic said...

Costco is still good, I hear.

11/15/2005 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's like my hindu brother working at target and selectively refusing to ring-up slim jims and leather products, because he's morally opposed to killing animals.

would target be willing to let him slide on that? probably not...

so why something so damn necessary?

11/17/2005 08:47:00 AM  

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