I’m sure what seemed a brilliant idea to the Arkansas Legislative Council will get a hard second look when an atheist or agnostic counselor refuses to accept a good Baptist as a client. The resultant Internet Outrage on Facebook alone will have them rewriting the bill . . . to make it even more insane, no doubt.
the so-called “conscience clause” will permit those in the mental health profession to bar their doors against any potential client who they find objectionable on “ethical, moral or religious principles.”
Needless to say, this move by the Men With Bad Haircuts in the state legislature has been roundly condemned by those who don’t recognize the deep sensitivities of those involved in such issues in Arkansas.
Naturally, many suspect that gay potential clients may be the chief targets of t6his bill. But the wider reality is that this regulation - which is being sold as a way to protect both practitioner and client - is just an excuse to let bigotry run rampant.
Don’t like interracial marriages? Refer this couple to another therapist.
Don’t like liberals/conservatives/Rosicrucians? Refer away!
Don’t like Muslims? Roman Catholics? Slam Poets? Get thee behind me, Satan!
Yeah, this will blow up pretty badly in the faces of those who thought it was such a damned good idea.
“Oh, what a joy it is to see the engineer hoist on his own petard . . .”
Sarah Brightman was instrumental in writing today’s blog, with her CD “La Luna.”
Now on YouTube: Richard S. Drake and C.F. Roberts! Two for the price of one!
My director and I were interviewed recently by Dan Robinson
on the 25th anniversary of “On the Air with Richard S. Drake.”
It’s a great profession, so long as nobody ever catches you at it. - Spencer Tracy, on acting