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Letter: Freedom of religion also includes freedom from religion

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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:57 am

In her letter defending the right of employers to withhold certain health insurance benefits, Charlotte Ralstin (April 1) states: “The idea that any employer would be forced to pay for something that goes against his moral objections is not only reprehensible but goes against the very fiber of this country.”

Really? If this is true then a Christian Scientist employer would be able to deny employees coverage for most medical care, including blood transfusions, because these go against that religion’s beliefs. Or Mormon business owners would be able to deny coverage for tobacco or alcohol related diseases. Or Islamic and Jewish employers would deny coverage for illnesses from eating diseased pork. Or an employer who is a Jehovah’s Witness could deny coverage to veterans because they don’t believe in military service. The list goes on and on.

Ms. Ralstin obviously has not given much thought to the ramifications of her position. She apparently does not understand that freedom of religion also means freedom from religion. No one’s religious beliefs should be forced on another, in any way. That is also an inherent First Amendment right.

Much insight into Ms. Ralstin is evident in her statement that, “Never under any other president have our constitutional rights been so in jeopardy.” Again, really? Has she never heard of Abraham Lincoln or George W. Bush? Apparently not.

Edward F. Murphy


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