So, I was looking over at another blog, Skepchick (www.skepchick.org), and saw that they had linked to stories regarding an attempt to organize a day of protest against the birth control pill.
No, really, check it out: http://thepillkills.com/index.html
At first I thought this was a joke (and, perhaps this site is a well-concealed joke, though it increasingly looks unlikely), but then I started thinking about the pharmacists who refuse to dispense birth control pills based on the belief that they cause spontaneous abortions (my understanding, while this claim may not be completely unfounded, it is rather spurious, but ask your doctor for more information, really, you should).
An amusing dissection of the matter can also be found here:
But, let's be realistic, the use of contraceptives, including the birth control, realistically create less opportunities for abortion, and therefore, probably results in less abortions, not more. This is not about preventing abortion (if it was, folks such as those who oppose the birth control pill would be in favor of contraceptives and comprehensive sex education, not the abstinence-only travesty that they tend to push). Hell, I'm not even convinced that it's about "controlling women" - the accusation usually levelled at them. It seems much more likely that it is about a knee-jerk fear of sex coupled with scientific illiteracy which is fed by a denial of reality and a fear that maybe they don't know what the "way, truth, and light" is after all.
In other words, these folks are afraid of the world as it is, and so they're trying to force their beliefs down the throats of everyone else.
Oh, and also from Skepchick - how about a teacher who was fired for wizardry: http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=79533
I can't make things like this up...