Discrimination via Conscientious Objection

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Date published 2021-08-19
Curation date 2021-08-19
Curator Dr. Victoria A. Stuart, Ph.D.
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Background

Conscience clauses are legal clauses attached to laws in some parts of the United States and other countries which permit pharmacists, physicians, and/or other providers of health care not to provide certain medical services for reasons of religion or conscience. It can also involve parents withholding consenting for particular treatments for their children.

Tactics

Presuppositional Apologetics ["Presuppositional Truths"]

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  • Misgendering

    Included in the 2019-09-18 article Internet Accountability Project launches to take on big tech's 'bad acts' is a discussion of misgendering - a conscientious objection to an individuals right to self-determination. Conscientious objection is a common tactic among alt-right, conservative, and Christian right in support of ideological attacks on access to services, including abortion and transgender health care.

    Wedge Strategy

    A wedge issue is a political or social issue, often of a controversial or divisive nature, which splits apart a demographic or population group. ...

    The "wedge" tactic involves an anti-LGBTQ+ attack that attempts to pit members of a group or coalition against one another; for example, in transphobic attacks that attempt to separate and vilify the "T" from the remaining groups in the "LGBTQ+" community.


  • In internal memos dating to 2009, the homophobic and transphobic organization National Organization for Marriage" employed a wedge tactic, advocating strategies of pitting the African-American and homosexual communities against each other.

  • The internal NOM documents stated that NOM would seek "to drive a wedge between gays and blacks" by promoting "African American spokespeople for marriage," thus provoking same-sex marriage supporters into "denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots," and to interrupt the assimilation of Latinos into "dominant Anglo culture" by making the stance against same-sex marriage "a key badge of Latino identity." The documents also showed a goal to "sideswipe" U.S. President Barack Obama by depicting him as a "social radical," via issues including child protection and pornography.

    The revealed NOM tactics were described as "one of the most cynical things I've ever heard" and "scary" by Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP. The National Black Justice Coalition said that the "documents expose N.O.M. for what it really is - a hate group determined to use African American faith leaders as pawns to push their damaging agenda."

    The Christian right, intelligent design-spouting disinformation group Center for Science and Culture - part of the so-called "Discovery Institute" - has also employed the wedge strategy in an attempt to push their agenda.

  • See also: Christian Right Tips to Fight Transgender Rights: Separate the T from the LGB

  • Issues & Consequences

    Access to Health Care

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  • [Canada] [CTVNews.ca, 2021-08-19] O'Toole says pro-choice position can square with pledge to protect health workers' conscience rights.

  • Conscientious Objection to Abortion

  • Main article: Conscientious Objection to Abortion, 2021-12-01.

  • Access to Shelter & Housing

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  • Employment discrimination

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  • Trans Women in Sports

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  • Proponents against the participation of transgender women in gender-segregated sports include Joe Rogan, and Republican and Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner (who herself is transgender).

    ... In 2021, Caitlyn Jenner's decision to run for governor of California was met with pushback from many LGBT activists and trans people, with activists criticizing Jenner for her views on transgender issues and support for the Republican Party. Katelyn Burns of Vox said "Jenner's politics and controversial existence as a self-professed trans advocate has long put trans Americans in a double bind, forcing them to defend her from transphobic attacks while deploring her political views." This decision became even more controversial following Jenner's opposition to trans girls in girls' sports, with some advocates saying that Jenner "did not represent the broader LGBT community." ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caitlyn_Jenner

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  • Additional Reading

  • [📌 pinned article] Wikipedia; Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

  • The Discrimination Administration: Trump's Record of Action Against Transgender People

  • Family Research Council: Trump picks anti-LGBT hate group to run domestic policy transition

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  • [Thomson Reuters: Trust.org, 2021-11-08] U.S. proposes rescinding expansion of religious exemption for contractors.  U.S. Department of Labor may axe law put in place under Trump which expanded a religious exemption from anti-discrimination laws for federal contractors. Some cite protections under the law as "unnecessary and problematic."


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