Ken Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. ah you don’t want to do that.first off, let's be clear, this exchange contains a fair number of non-sequiters, i.e. Pittman's two statements are necessarily connected since birth control is not generally dispensed in the emergency room. But Coakley could have still simply agreed with Pittman and said yes, in the emergency room you still have your freedom of religion.
Martha Coakley: No we have a seperation of church and state Ken, lets be clear.
Ken Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.
Martha Coakley: (……uh, eh…um..) The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.
But saying that having devout religious beliefs conflicts with being an emergency room worker is ludicrous. Indeed, I would think that giving the suffering often present in emergency rooms, a health care worker either becomes incredibly cynical about human nature or develops a deep belief in the divine. There doesn't seem to be much room for anything in the middle.
Given that nearly 2 out of 5 voters in Massachussets is Catholic and it is not unreasonable to believe that there are emergency room workers who are devoutly religious in other faiths, this simply doesn't strike me as wise politics.