Letter: Disagrees with letter writer's thoughts on Hobby Lobby issue

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The response

of Carl Kotheimer to the letter from Charles Marshall which appeared in the Aug. 3 Express is an ignorant tirade of the type of skewed perspective from a secularist, historically forgetful, morally corrupt culture.

First, Mr. Kotheimer misinterprets the Constitution, and then grants amnesty to Obamacare through fallacious reasoning, makes inadequate comparisons of our civic duties, misconstrues Jefferson's writing, and finally basically calls American Christians the "American Taliban."

The First Amendment indicates the government cannot prohibit the exercise of religion. The "wall" mentioned in the Danbury letter from Jefferson was, "not to limit religious activities in public; rather they were to limit the power of the government to prohibit or interfere with those expressions" (Original Intent, David Barton).

The bottom line in this Hobby Lobby issue is abortifacient drugs are presently a part of the package which Obamacare forces employers to provide; if a business owner does not believe abortion is acceptable, then what can they do to combat this infringement on their freedom? How can the government force any employer to knowingly provide drugs which cause the termination of life? How is this a "right" of an employee, to receive this type of "coverage"? Does someone's perceived right outweigh the freedom of life, and that of the religious convictions of another?

Mr. Kotheimer rightly understands that Christians do not want abortions to continue since there is innocent life being lost. Why try to stop this cause? It seems that all need to take account of the gift of life and understand when our God-given authentic liberties are being traded for our artificial "rights." "And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have lost the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?" (Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia).

John Marshall, Tallmadge

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