Hobby Lobby fallout

Posted Thursday, Jul. 03, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Many Christians are celebrating Monday’s Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby, supporting for-profit employers with religious objections to opt out of providing contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Not this Christian pastor nor the members of the congregation I serve, First Congregational Church, Fort Worth.

It is an outrage and an affront to religious liberty that, as a result of Monday’s ruling, more women will not be free to make decisions about reproductive choice, about their own bodies, based on their moral conscience and religious beliefs.

The decision is not about religious liberty at all, rather permission for a conservative, evangelical brand of Christianity to broadly assert its views. Once again, the healthcare needs, particularly of low-income and working women who may well have no other means to access birth control, are disregarded and restricted.

It is a discouraging time for the many progressive Christians who support women’s reproductive choice.

— Rev. Lee Ann Bryce, Fort Worth

Regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court proclaims, corporations are not persons. They have special laws by which they must abide and laws that benefit only them.

No corporation or person gets to choose which laws they will obey and which they will ignore, regardless of any religious or political slant of any corporation or person. Many cases, from Ruby Ridge to tax protestors, have made this clear.

What is next? Christian Scientists, individuals and CS business leaders will not subscribe to any health insurance? No religious entity will obey any law in which they do not believe? No person will pay taxes in which they do not believe or dislike the way the tax dollar is spent? None of this is fair or reasonable for the good of our country as a whole.

We need to be pulling together, working together for the good of all. I pray we do not let the U.S. become like the Middle East with fanatical groups pulling our country apart.

— Marjorie Putnam, Weatherford

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