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Letter: Risky to let companies refuse to obey law based on religion
First Published Mar 19 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 19 2014 05:56 am

Luke Goodrich’s Hobby Lobby argument ("Hobby Lobby owners deserve their religious rights," Opinion, March 15) fails in at least two ways. First, his analogy is specious: An African-American company denied a license by a town government because of some individuals’ race does not equate with the federal government requiring all companies to comply with a law. No individuals are being required to use contraceptives.

Religious freedom for individuals cannot be conflated to give companies license to demand all employees and customers comply with the companies owners’ religious constraints or our country could end up a theocracy.

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Imagine major corporations demanding the same; for example, Ford refusing to sell a car to anyone having sex that ensures against procreation. That leads to the second weakness: If Hobby Lobby wins, companies could refuse to pay taxes because some of that money will go to programs, such as contraception for the poor or funding for schools that teach evolution, claiming such taxation violates their religions tenets.

Michael M. Geer

Salt Lake City

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