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Religious beliefs, Hobby Lobby and federal law | Letters

April 19, 2013 · 1:49 PM

In a recent letter to the editor, Paul Levy claims that “Hobby Lobby discriminates against women because the owner has decided that his religious beliefs trump federal law.”

David Green’s lawsuit that the federal government cannot repeal the First Amendment and deprive him of religious liberty by forcing his company, Hobby Lobby, to pay for contraceptives — including the morning-after pill, which Green and many others believe is a form of abortion — does not “impose his family’s religious beliefs on his employees” or on anyone else.

The women who work for him can buy as many contraceptives as they want; he should not have to violate his conscience by being forced to pay for them.

As a woman who is not opposed to the use of contraceptives, I do not want my First Amendment rights of freedom of religion, or freedom of speech, or any others, taken away by some federal law, and I’m sure Mr. Levy would not want that for himself, either.  During the time of slavery in this country, the Quakers and others, in violation of the federal Fugitive Slave Law, helped escaping slaves move through the Underground Railroad and make it to freedom.

Is Mr. Levy also indignant at them, that they decided that their religious beliefs that slavery was wrong trumped federal law?

Sonja West, Auburn


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