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Letter: Letter on court ruling misses several points

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From: Charles Doup


A reply to Doug Logan’s “betrayal” letter of July 12.

Logan made a number of factual errors which must be pointed out.

First, Logan does not note that the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case was restricted to “closely held” for-profit corporations. This means that the corporation is held by one family. Cummins Engine Co. was such a corporation at one time.

Logan substitutes feelings for principles. The Green family, who holds the controlling interest in Hobby Lobby, believes in the principle of “life begins at conception.” Therefore, their principles would not allow them to provide a means of killing the fertilized egg to their employees regardless of the gender of the employee.


Logan contends that by failing to provide this form of contraception discriminates against the female employees of Hobby Lobby. This is not true as demonstrated.

Logan makes the accusation that the Supreme Court violates the First Amendment which says, in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion.”

The Supreme Court used The Religious Freedom Restoration Act as the basis for its ruling, saying that it “... does not address whether such corporations are protected by the free-exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution.”

Logan asserts that “Christian bigotry” is now the law of the land. Webster’s dictionary defines a bigot as: “A person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas.”

This writer doesn’t know the mind of Logan. However, when someone uses the word “bigotry” to describe his or her feelings about the subject, this writer believes it is fair to describe Logan’s positions as unfair and without logic.

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