flipping out, and the American Family Association has got his back. According to them, this new rule amounts to special homosexual rights and Christian-affiliated hospitals will be forced to practice grace and charity to sinners; something Jesus Christ apparently preached against during his 30 year ministry:
Barber considers the new rules political theater in trying to create the disingenuous idea that people based on their so-called "sexual orientation" are roundly discriminated against. Faith-based hospitals are not exempt from the rule.I'm not even sure how to respond to Barber. Does this new rule violate the "liberty of conscience" of Christian doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators? Are their religious beliefs being violated if folks like Pond and Langbehn have a chance to say goodbye to each other before one dies?
"Certainly there are Catholic hospitals and Baptist hospitals that recognize homosexual behavior as sinful behavior," he points, "and they do not want to take part in affirming homosexual sin under the strong arm of the government."
Some religious hospitals may have to make a decision as to whether to conform to the rules or not accept Medicare patients. Barber says what the Obama administration is doing is casting liberty of conscience aside and forcing acceptance of homosexuality.