Should Obamacare's contraception mandate apply to for-profit businesses if their owners object because of religious beliefs? Letters to the editor:
Commentary writer Joshua Hawley's support for Hobby Lobby's conscientious objection to paying health benefits for certain kinds of birth control procedures makes me wonder how he would feel about employers whose religion makes them reluctant to pay for vaccines ("For-profit doesn't mean no conscience: Column").
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The company "conscience" he advocates should, in my view, include supporting their employees' right to all legal health care benefits.
Peter Frost; Oxford, Miss.
The Rev. Gene Robinson, like many liberals, misses the point in the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court ("Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column"). The issue is not whether Hobby Lobby employees are entitled to use birth control. The issue is who is to pay for it. And, more important, whether someone is to pay for it when it violates his or her sincerely held religious beliefs.
Ronald S. Moening; Toledo, Ohio
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I almost feel sorry for the Supreme Court justices who heard arguments in the case this week. Their decision could have tremendous ramifications, whichever way they rule.
However, the old adage about "if you give them an inch, then they'll take a mile" still applies. I doubt the Founding Fathers ever intended for government to tell private citizens and businesses what religious tenets they can/cannot practice.
That's why I'm not surprised that a majority on the bench Tuesday seemed highly skeptical of the government's arguments to the contrary.
— Skip Carlsen
We all pay taxes that fund things with which we might disagree. A for-profit business, in my mind, has no standing to get an exemption for religious reasons. If its owners don't personally want to use a certain kind of birth control, fine. But to force their workers to obey their religious beliefs is simply un-American and, quite probably, unconstitutional.
— William Bramblett
If an individual can be forced by the government to engage in what he considers a sin in order to engage in commerce, then it can no longer be said that the country has freedom of religion.
— Michael Craney
Their workers were made aware of the company's religious beliefs before they accepted the job. They don't have to work there.
The employees are free to leave Hobby Lobby and seek employment elsewhere.
— Jack Burton
A business does not have a conscience. Employees do. No one's employer should be allowed to impose his or her religious beliefs on another person.
— Catherine Switzer
Nobody is imposing religious beliefs on the employees. There is no lifestyle agreement that forbids the use of abortifacients or getting an abortion.
The company simply refuses to pay for it under its benefits package.
— James Oerichbauer