Imposing Our Beliefs on Others

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in neuroscience from Yale and had done post-doctoral work at Harvard. He is a Catholic priest of the diocese of Fall River, MA, and serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. Here is an interesting response that he gave from an accusation of imposing our beliefs on others made by a senator. Considering the society that we live in now, we can all learn from his response that will help us in refuting such baseless claim whenever we try to defend the importance of protecting human life from the moment of conception to natural death. I found the article from the Catholic Education website. Read on.

A lot of hot-button topics are being debated in our state legislatures these days, topics of great ethical and bioethical importance, ranging from emergency contraception to gay marriage. These debates address important issues for the future of our society. Lawmakers face the daunting task of making decisions about what should or should not be permitted by law within a reasonable society. Recently I was asked to speak in Virginia at legislative hearings about embryonic stem cell research. After I gave my testimony, one of the senators asked a pointed question. “Father Tad, by arguing against embryonic stem cell research, don’t you see how you are trying to impose your beliefs on others, and shouldn’t we as elected lawmakers avoid imposing a narrow religious view on the rest of society?” The senator’s question was an example of the fuzzy thinking that has become commonplace in recent years within many state legislatures and among many lawmakers.

Two major errors were incorporated into the senator’s question.  Continue reading here.

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