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RELIGION: No one forced to work for church

Letter by Doug Hamilton, Puyallup on June 14, 2012 at 11:42 am | 4 Comments »
June 14, 2012 1:39 pm

Re: “Crusade by the conservatives” (letter, 6-14).

Where do the rights of the writer stop and the rights of the Roman Catholic Church begin?

The Roman Catholic Church has been steadfast in its standards for hundreds of years longer than the writer has been alive. As a religious organization, that church has the moral right and constitutional protection from being ordered to violate a core belief. This isn’t about a woman’s right to contraceptive insurance coverage; it’s about a government action interfering in that church’s protected right to free practice without the federal government interfering or taking over.

The writer is not compelled to work at a Catholic hospital or for the Catholic Church. The federal government (and that includes our president) is expressly forbidden by the Constitution from interfering with the established practices of a religion.

There is no violation of law here. If you want contraceptive coverage, go out and buy it. Don’t tell a religious organization it has to provide a type of insurance coverage that clearly violates its moral core, just to satisfy a choice.

This isn’t a conservative or a liberal issue. It’s a moral and a freedom of religion issue.

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