Re: “Exemptions shouldn’t be necessary” (letter, 2-7 12).
The writer says, “The mere fact that the law requires (religious) exemptions suggests that it is unconstitutional.” The letter also used the term, “the gospel of political correctness,” to refer to the gay marriage law.
Exemptions have always been necessary with reference to religious ideas because the United States is a secular country. We recognize the right of religions to exercise their beliefs even when that belief constitutes discrimination. If making such an exemption were unconstitutional then religious organizations would pay taxes or have female clergy, etc.
The author says that the state is making a law making an establishment of religion, and refers to it as the gospel of political correctness. I fail to see how recognizing the civil rights of a group of people by the state falls into that category, but I have long ago stopped trying to follow the tortured reasoning of those who are in favor of discrimination in the name of religion. I would remind this author that before the Civil War, Christians in the South used religion to justify slavery.
This law requires nothing from religious people other than that they mind their own business, which is religion, and to leave civil rights to the civil authorities and the Constitution.