Things We All Want To 'Morally Object To' In Malta But Can't
Cos that's not how it works.
Earlier this morning Times of Malta ran a story in which Malta Chamber of Pharmacists president, and defender of 'conscientious objectors' Mary Ann Sant Fournier claimed that 'pharmacists have right to refuse to sell the morning-after pill’.
Following the Medicines Authority's decision to allow sale of the morning-after pill over the counter, Ms Sant Fournier explained that the non-prescription nature of the pill allows pharmacists to 'moderate' medicines sold to their clients.
On that (ridiculous) note, here are a few other things we want to morally object to, but can't cause we obey the law:
1. Seeing Gordon Manche on TV
Hearing this man preach is a burden on most people's souls - should we (morally speaking) allow him to broadcast his homophobic views into Maltese homes?
Please take a moment to appreciate that this is the Rev. Dr. himself.
2. Paying taxes while politicians hide their money
It's only fair right? And yet here we are losing a percentage of each pay cheque each month.
3. The concept of green and blue parking bays in Valletta
Why should we bother with green and blue lines in Valletta? It's confusing and the city is always packed. Plus I feel a moral obligation to be there, buying a new pair of shoes this afternoon. I shall choose to ignore the parking laws.
4. Government entities forgetting to check the name tag on a €75,000 painting
We'd love to object to taxpayer slipups such as these, and morally speaking we're probably entitled to do so. So do I get my 2c back or...?
5. Pretending children aged 12 are old enough to 'confirm' their religion
Sure, they raised the age from 10 to 12 just over 5 years ago, but the list of moral objections to pretending children are old enough to confirm the colour they want their shoes to be - let alone a life-long commitment to religion - is insanely long.
6. Receiving any form of junk mail
Currently there's no real law against it, but morally speaking the odds are not in your favour, dear useless pieces of paper. It's my conscientious objection to no longer receive this crap henceforth. Thanks in advance.
7. Having dodgy dealings with dealers
Until the legalisation of marijuana, the continual struggle to meet your dealer will persist - and (morally speaking of course) this doesn't sit well with us.
8. Allowing the priest in for tberik
Sure, legally you can say no. But this one screams 'social standing in the village' suicide. The qualms are real, but the choice is not. It's always gonna be yes, or 'tista tgħaddi għada?'.