A fair amount of attention has been paid of late to efforts by Islamic groups to force Americans to bend over in the face of shariah law. The Wall Street Journal has a column detailing the situation in Minnesota, where not only do you have the "Flying Imams" suing airline and whistle-blowing passengers alike, but Muslim taxi drivers refusing to take passengers carrying alcohol, and even Muslim cashiers refusing to ring up pork products.
I've followed these developments--and especially the suggested solution that these Muslims should stop working as taxi drivers or cashiers--with a growing sense of unease. It's seemed all too familiar to me...and Brad at The Liberty Papers nails the reason: the argument against the Muslim cashiers and taxi drivers is pretty much identical to the argument against Christian pharmacists who don't want to dispense birth control.
Is there any way to justify a conscience clause for the pharmacists, but not for the cashiers and drivers?
I'm not sure there is.
And I'm worried that this is ultimately going to end up forcing the pharmacists to follow the lead of Catholic Charities of Boston, and abandon the field altogether.