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Saturday, 23 June 2018

23 June 2018. This is Why I Oppose “Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs” Outside of a Purely Religious Venue

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This post isn’t something I generally do, but last night I experienced something no woman should ever have to go through, especially under these circumstances or any other circumstances. I hadn’t planned on telling anyone outside our immediate family, but two months ago we were surprised to find that I was pregnant. After a previous miscarriage, the doctor was monitoring me weekly. Unfortunately, on Tuesday, we found out the baby’s development had stopped and I ultimately would have a miscarriage. My doctor gave me two options… D and C or a prescription medication. I opted for a prescription. Last night, I went to pick up my medication at my local Walgreens only to be denied the prescription I need. I stood at the mercy of this pharmacist explaining my situation in front of my 7-year-old and five customers standing behind only to be denied because of his ethical beliefs. I get it we all have our beliefs. However, what he failed to understand is this isn’t the situation I had hoped for; this isn’t something I wanted. This is something I have zero control over. He has no idea what it’s like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so. If you have gone through a miscarriage, you know the pain and emotional roller-coaster it can be. I left Walgreens in tears, ashamed and feeling humiliated by a man who knows nothing of my struggles but feels it’s his right to deny medication prescribed to me by my doctor. I’m unsure where Walgreens draws the lines with their pharmacists, but does this mean he denies women the right to birth control and the morning after pill? What’s the stance with fertility drugs? I share this story because I wish no other women to have to go through something like this at a time when you’re vulnerable and already suffering. I’m left in disbelief on how this can happen. How is this okay? I can’t be the only one who has gone through this.

22 June 2018

Nicole Mone

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In Peoria AZ? Visit this moron and give him a dose of your “ethical beliefs” about his self-righteous control-freak fascist ass… torturing another woman for Republican Jesus in this mighty “land of the free”.    Walgreens: you no longer have my business… apparently, it’s time to research drug-store chain medical harassment of women policies.  

23 June 2018

Rebecca Hosford

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Editor:

This posturing motherfucker loves humiliating people in public:

Brian Hreniuc, PharmD

Walgreens

9040 W Peoria Ave

Peoria AZ 85345-6406

“Sincerely held religious beliefs” only goes so far. I’m a believer; no one can accuse me of hating religion. I’m a Russian Orthodox Christian; I try my best to live a moral and upright life. However, I can’t force my beliefs on others. Not only is this immoral in the secular ethical sense, Our Lord Christ would condemn such a stance, for He never once used coercion or humiliation.

Let me give an example. If a religious body wishes to ban “gay marriages”, well, you might not like it, but that’s within not only their natural right as human beings, it’s their right under the US Constitution. That’s a “sincerely held religious belief”. If you want to roll on the floor or handle snakes, it’s the same thing. However, if you rent out your parish hall to all comers as a banqueting space, well, that’s not “religious”… it’s secular, so, all normal legal standards apply. That is, you can oppose homosexuality from the pulpit… that’s a function of your religion. On the other hand, you can’t deny a gay couple the right to rent your hall for a reception if you rent it to others outside of your parish. The one is a protected religious belief; the other is a normal secular financial transaction, making your hall a venue for celebrations of those outside your group. I find the distinction clear. If you don’t want gays to use your space, you’d have to ban the use of your parish hall as a paid banqueting or meeting venue. I actually would like to see parishes get out of the banqueting/meeting space business. Let’s go back to letting groups such as the Boy/Girl Scouts and the Little League use our space free. That’s being good neighbours. It also protects the parish’s rights under the law.

In this case, the pharmacist was shabby and beyond the pale. If he didn’t want to dispense such drugs, he should’ve never chosen that profession. He didn’t prescribe the drugs nor is he going to use them. He’s only a dispenser. All legitimate ethicists would say that his moral responsibility in this is nil. Dispensing drugs is his job. Full stop. If he doesn’t want to do that, he should find another job. I find this episode disgusting and without any warrant. It totally floors me that such a person expects his employer to defend his action.

WALGREENS DELENDA EST… if they back this poseur. Give ‘em a reasonable chance, but if they support this POS… Kaufft nicht bei Walgreens.

BMD

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Bishop Lazar: What IS Romans 13?

THIS is what the Evangelicals have become… have a care that we don’t follow them into the abyss

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This is another example of the crookedness of Evangelicalism. If one must be subject to the authority without question, then, when the authority permits abortion and the rights of groups you don’t agree with, you must passively accept it. Where were the Romans 13ers during Mr Obama’s government? It’s of no avail to claim that you shouldn’t be subject to corrupt governments (or even perverse governments) since Apostle St Paul spoke these words when Nero was the authority, and one also had Caligula, Heliogabalus, Tiberius and the like in absolute authority. Therefore, one had to be completely subject and obedient to these authorities. However, you see now the American Christian is supposed to be subject and obedient to Mr Trump, perhaps in the same way that the Roman Catholic Church supported Mr Mussolini, and in return, the Vatican received the status of an independent nation. Romans 13 appears to be all or none if one takes it in any way as a literal command, rather than an effort to stave off government persecution of Christians. After all, St Paul had to demonstrate that Christianity wasn’t some subversive organisation. That’s the real meaning of Romans 13… at least, the first half of it.

15 June 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Bishop Lazar: “There’s No Reason Why the Taxpayer Should Finance a Religion That They Don’t Belong To”

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Recently, someone asked me if I think the government should in any way, including school vouchers, support sectarian schools. The answer is absolutely not. There’s no reason why the taxpayer should finance a religion that they don’t belong to, or in fact be coerced to support any religion at all. Vouchers or any form of forced taxpayer support is coercive since the taxpayer has no choice.

Most sectarian schools shouldn’t even have accreditation. There’s a separation between church and state and it should be a firewall. There’s absolutely no excuse for the state to be involved in religion at all. If a sectarian school isn’t teaching pure science, genuine science, and unadulterated history, then, it shouldn’t even have accreditation, and we should inspect it regularly to maintain its accreditation. If that sectarian school teaches so-called “creation science” even as if it were an alternative to real science, we should absolutely not even accredit it, and anyone who completed its course should have to take an alternative education before being admitted to higher education.

It’s time to end the fraud of sectarian education and the government absolutely shouldn’t in any way support it. It isn’t education, it’s mental programming, and it’s child abuse when they teach fraudulent science. Betsy De Vos doesn’t even want these schools to be accountable for what they teach. This is mental abuse of children, we commonly call it brainwashing, but it isn’t education, and the government has no business in any form involving itself in religion. Each religion should support its own agencies, and not turn to the government for bailouts. The government is responsible for valid public education and not for some form of religious propaganda. If you want to send your child to a special school you should pay for it yourself, the taxpayer shouldn’t do it for you.

7 June 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

26 May 2018. Bishop Lazar On Allowing Politics to Trump Faith (Pun Intended)

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As followers of Christ, we shouldn’t expect the secular authorities to do for us what we can’t accomplish through our faith and moral leadership. Too often, instead of being moral leaders, we Christians become nagging moralists, with a skewed concept of what constitutes true morality, as we compartmentalise our moral concepts and precepts into “people we’re for” and “people we’re against” without stopping to think that we’re against no one and for everyone. We don’t recall that the only people Jesus spoke harshly to and about where the political moralists of His day. We also forget that the moral leaders of the secular world and the religious leaders compromised themselves with the secular world who finally crucified Christ. The religious leaders used the political leaders and system in order to accomplish the execution of Christ.

Apostle St Paul wished to make it clear that one can’t do evil hoping that good will come of it. Yet, that’s precisely what so many Christians in America are doing today. Primarily, the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists support wickedness and immorality, hoping that thereby the American Supreme Court will be loaded with fanatical rightwing people who’d place religious ideology above the rule of law and the US Constitution. They’re willing to fall into a political idea and political idolatry for the purpose of accomplishing an agenda that has itself become idolatry. This idolatry is surely based in the heresies of raptureism, chiliasm, and apocalypticism. These heresies are based in egotism.

Christ redeemed us as members of the Bride of Christ, the Church, which is in the world, but not of the world. We’re saved by faith, not by political power. As the Desert Fathers said, ”One Christian is no Christian”. We’re a community, but we’re not a community which is here to persecute other people. We aren’t here to support one nation against another, as is done in the Middle East, but there are Christians willing to sell their souls in order to accomplish this. It isn’t a moral act or a Christian act to sell your soul to wickedness in order to accomplish an agenda. We’re here to proclaim the Gospel to those who’d hear it and to continue to love those who won’t hear it and to desire even their salvation. We aren’t here to load the political system with our doctrines. We must remember that when you dance with Caesar, Caesar always leads. Let’s not partake of evil hoping that some good would come of it.

24 May 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo

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