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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Hobby Lobby ruling: Correctly labeled a Taliban-like decision

The editorial board at The Seattle Times nailed it when it labeled the recent Supreme Court decision a “Taliban” decision [“Justices put mistaken faith in Hobby Lobby contraceptives ruling,” Opinion, July 1].

The Supreme Court has ruled that members of a particular religious sect have the right to dictate their employees under their direct economic control what they can and cannot do in their lives outside of work. Even worse, they can inject themselves into the private decisions being made between a patient and their doctor, which have emotional, health and financial impacts outside of work.

This kind of decision is the very kind we would expect from the Taliban. Thank you, Seattle Times, for correctly identifying it.

As we prepare to celebrate our birth as a free country, all freedom-loving citizens should be outraged at this loss of freedom handed down by this Supreme Court ruling.

This ruling needs to be nullified and corrected by laws passed by our duly elected representatives. All freedom-loving citizens should contact their legislators and urge them to do so promptly.

Randall Karstetter, Kirkland

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