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Letter: Hobby Lobby can’t force its beliefs on others
First Published Mar 21 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 21 2014 01:01 am

Luke Goodrich ("Hobby Lobby owners deserve religious rights," Opinion, March 15), couldn’t be more incorrect in his assessment and arguments.

First off, no one is infringing upon the owners religious rights. They remain free to believe and practice their religion as they see fit. However, that does not mean they have a right to force their religious beliefs on others.

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Following Goodrich’s faulty logic, a business owned by a fundamentalist Christian group that promotes only faith healing should be able to offer health insurance that consists of a promise to pray for any employee ill or injured. Ridiculous.

Similarly, Mormon business owners could fire employees for drinking coffee before coming to work, or enjoying a glass of wine with their dinner, as these things violate their religious beliefs.

The owners of Hobby Lobby should not be allowed to determine what medical procedures are required for any individual. That is a matter left up to the individual patient and his or her physician. Nor should they be allowed to determine what behaviors their employees are allowed to engage in during their time away from work. Their position as business owners should not permit them to force their beliefs upon others.

Larry LaCroix


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