Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

1. Last week,  a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York ordered that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration make the morning after pill available without a prescription to women of all ages. This includes girls under the age of 17. I’m not going to get into the discussion over whether abortion should be legal or not because this isn’t about abortion, this is about preventing a pregnancy before it occurs. However, I will get into the discussion over whether or not children under the age of 17 should be allowed to get medication, any medication, without a prescription or parental knowledge. You can read the story here.

There is something fundamentally flawed with that way of thinking. Anyone under the age of 17 is still a minor. They can’t even go see certain movies without their parents’ permission, but they’re allowed to self medicate? There are people under the age of 17 who commit heinous crimes but are not allowed to be tried as adults because society says they’re too young to know right from wrong, yet they can buy pills to end a life? Without a prescription and without parental consent?

The courts have essentially usurped the rights and responsibilities of the parents and bypassed the medical opinions of doctors. Parents and medical professionals should be helping young girls to make these decisions for the sake of their physical, mental, and emotional health.

2. And speaking of pregnancy, when I was with child(ren), there were a lot of things that I wanted to do: breastfeed, snuggle, sleep, bathe, but preserving my breast milk to make jewelry was not one of them. Seriously, you can do that! But my question is why?????

3. What would you do if your teacher told you to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper and then step on it as part of an assignment? Students at Florida Atlantic University were faced with that decision a few weeks ago. One student refused to participate in the activity and was brought up on academic charges. You can read the full story here.

I’m not sure of the resolution of this issue but I do know that this young man stood by his convictions and for that I applaud him. I look at what’s going on in so many different countries (and, to an extent, right here in our own country) and I see people being vilified for their belief in Christ and it breaks my heart. There are people who are being thrown in jail or having their lives taken because they refuse to renounce their faith. People are being called haters because they hold true to their convictions…

I wonder would this exercise have been performed using the name of any other religious leader? For that matter, would this exercise have been done using the names of “protected groups”? I don’t think so. The Associate Press just recently announced that it would no longer use the term “illegal immigrant” to describe undocumented workers. Read that here. There is this general fear of offending everyone except Christians. Why?

The Bible says in Philippians 2:9~11:

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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