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July 3, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Contraception ruling: The church and the state don’t mix

The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case should have all Americans concerned [“Justices put mistaken faith in Hobby Lobby contraceptives ruling,” Opinion, July 1]. It further erodes the separation between church and state that serves as the foundation of our government.

The Founding Fathers were students of history and knew the threat entangling church and state posed to life, liberty and happiness. The nation’s more than 200 years of progress is due in large part to our steadfast commitment to that separation.

The majority opinion stretches credibility when it asserts that this decision does not shield employers who cloak illegal discrimination under the guise of religious practice. It’s a paper-thin shield, as it will be this Supreme Court that determines what constitutes illegal discrimination. The Seattle Times is correct in pointing out the giant Pandora’s Box created by the court.

I call upon all those concerned about this ruling to contact their members of Congress and encourage them to take whatever legislative actions are appropriate to undo this decision or limit its boundaries.

Sean Smith, Covington

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