No, I don’t mean in everyday situations, just in this letter I sent. I wrote an email to the head of a midwifery school in my state asking if you were permitted to “opt-out” of learning treatments you found religiously objectionable, because a term used in a course description raised a red flag. She responded with “We’ve never had this situation come up before, let’s talk about your specific situation”, and she’s supposed to call me tomorrow afternoon. This is what I wrote back.
"I was asking this question because I was not sure about what exactly the practical aspects of your course in Female Sexuality for Midwives involve. I don’t know much about applied sexology, so I have no idea what the exam mentioned in the course description would entail. I wanted to investigate it first.
The reason I put my question in religious terms is that my particular Christian tradition believes that all sexual expression must be potentially life-giving. The women I will be assisting once I become certified are of that same tradition. Therefore, treatments for their psychosexual health which would involve non-generative sexual activity on their part would be off-limits. I would also object to prescribing these during my training period or in the course of classroom exams and would attempt to find alternative treatments.
Again, I don’t know what the course entails or what kind of treatments are considered generally appropriate for sexual health, so I can’t make a judgment as yet. I just had asked because I wanted to know what would happen if I found myself in a situation where I was going to be expected to do something objectionable. We can talk about this some more on Thursday."
So… do I sound like a religious whackjob?