Letters to the Editor

Readers speak out on Supreme Court ruling

Hobby Lobby deserves our applause

Such a “catchy” attention-getter is “A company’s beliefs supersede those of workers” (Opinions, July 2). Your opinion writer would lead us to believe that 100 percent of Hobby Lobby’s female employees either need an abortion now, will in the near future or are planning on one sometime during their tenure as an employee. What you neglect to print is that Hobby Lobby currently provides a choice of 15 or 16 options for birth control.

More ridiculous is the statement that this employer is accused of choosing the morals of “those who have no say.” Whether the employees are moral or amoral, this employer is hopefully preventing their employees from committing murder. Yes, murder. A fetus has a heartbeat at 22 days. Using abortion as a form of birth control is abhorrent.

I hope that in the future, your editorial staff will applaud the courage and integrity of a “closely held company,” group or individual who stands tall in opposition to controlling bodies that are contrary to beliefs and traditional values.

Verna Hutter, Groveland

Thanks for telling us how to believe

As a lifelong Christian, I look forward to Sunday church. Like many churchgoers, I have a favorite place to sit. Arriving, I found Hobby Lobby sitting in my seat. It was holding a book and appeared lost in prayer. I couldn’t tell if the book was the Bible, a copy of the new revised Constitution, or one of the religious textbooks it wants to impose on public schools.

Members of the Republican branch of the Supreme Court were in attendance, wearing judicial robes similar to the clergy and choir. However, their robes had no religious symbols like fish or crosses. Their robes were covered with colorful corporate logos ranging from investment firms to coal companies. The justices and Hobby Lobby stayed for the entire service, even though the pastor gave an old-fashioned sermon about the original Constitution and its guarantees of freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion.

Other corporations waited in the parking lot, asking the justices about exemption from laws violating their religious beliefs, like those pesky anti-discrimination statutes.

The Founding Fathers assured us not to worry about maintaining our freedoms. Recent Supreme Court opinions indicate that we do need to worry.

Michael A. Clarke, Salida

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