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posted: 7/17/2014 5:01 AM

Hobby Lobby decision is about respecting rights

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I was very pleased to see the "In God we Trust" advertisement in this paper on July Fourth sponsored by Hobby Lobby. This declarative ad reminded us of the timeless beliefs and principles which are the foundation of our nation.

Many of our ancestors have paid dearly with their lives and many others with a lifetime of sacrifice to secure and maintain our freedoms. The mantra today in civil discourse is tolerance, but there can be tolerance only if there are differences in opinion.

We have seen strong reaction to the June 30th Supreme Court opinion protecting the owners of closely held companies' right to abide by their religious beliefs. I am dismayed at the lack of sense of proportion of those who disagree with this decision.

It is nonsensical to think that paying two hundred dollars per year for contraception is denial to health care access any more so than paying hundreds of dollars per month for insurance with thousands in deductibles for the essential treatment of a broken leg or coronary bypass.

We can only be the UNITED States if we are willing to respect each other's deeply held beliefs and not impose sanctions or costs upon others for that which we could quite easily provide for ourselves.

We need a disciplined and temperate debate of our nation's moral standards for our common civil life. Liberty requires that government can only expect that the individual accede to the most essential laws and standards guided by constitutional principles.

Mike McKay


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