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Category: Religion
February 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Religion shouldn’t dictate health care; don’t impose beliefs on others

Religion shouldn’t dictate health care

Kathleen Parker, like many religious people, seems to believe that “religious liberty” means the freedom of those who are religious to impose their beliefs on everyone else with whom they interact, especially those people over whom they have some control, such as employees and also customers [“Obama, practice what you preach,” Opinion, Feb. 9].

This interpretation of “religious liberty” fails to acknowledge that religion should be private and every person should have the right to her or his own religious beliefs and practices. I believe that any state or country that imposes, legalizes or allows the imposition of any religious belief of one person onto another is taking away the “religious liberty” of the other person.

With that reasoning, when employers are allowed to not provide contraceptive health coverage because of their own religious beliefs, they are taking away their employees’ religious freedom. To borrow an observation by Jon Stewart, religious employers are already providing the means to obtain contraception — it is called a paycheck. Why do so few people talk about this other side of religious liberty?

Margaret Garber, Seattle

Don’t impose beliefs on others

Kathleen Parker seems to intentionally ignore that President Obama does “practice what he preaches” in regard to religious freedom. She just doesn’t want to acknowledge what he is actually preaching.

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February 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Science vs. creationism: Losing the math and science race

Now that the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham is completed [“Bill Nye: Bible doesn’t tell Earth’s true history," Nation & World, Feb. 4], I find myself disturbed. I am not disturbed by the outcome and who won the debate, but rather due to Bill Nye’s inference based on a fictional narrative,…

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November 14, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Remove all government prayer

Atheists are treated like second-class citizens The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Greece v. Galloway, which involved Christian prayers at City Council meetings [“Supreme Court hears case on public prayer,” News, Nov. 7]. Nondenominational prayers would be better than sectarian prayers, but it’s not acceptable to atheists, who don’t pray. If the court were consistent…

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October 28, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Mars Hill Church is not convincing

Relocation is based on money, not God’s will So let me get this straight, the Mars Hill congregation of 2,500 people believe that God is monitoring and telling them where their church should relocate? [“Mars Hill eyes Sound Transit land in Bellevue for church,” page one, Oct. 25]. God has so many issues facing our planet, for…

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September 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Pope Francis encourages Catholic Church to be more inclusive

GOP should learn from pope If it’s good enough for the pope, it should be good enough for the GOP. [“Pope calls for church to be inclusive, less dogmatic,” page one, Sept. 20.] Casting aside three decades of looking back, Pope Francis is taking his church on a journey that embraces the spirit of the law,…

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September 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican hierarchy, dogma

A welcome change I find it extraordinarily refreshing that Pope Francis has articulated and emphasized the core values of the Catholic faith — service to the poor and marginalized that acknowledges the divine in all individuals — by de-emphasizing the rigid dogma that has pitted Catholics on opposite sides of the religious spectrum for the past…

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September 7, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Death with dignity in Catholic-run medical facilities

Beliefs of few shouldn’t govern treatment of many Thanks to Dr. Tom Preston for clarifying some implications of the impending Catholic takeover of half of the hospitals and major medical systems in Washington state, a state which is less than 12 percent Catholic. [“Guest column: Defend death with dignity in Catholic-run medical facilities,” Opinion, Sept....

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May 28, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Catholic health-care systems in state hospitals

Hospitals should remain separate from religious institutions I have been concerned for some time about the mergers of public hospitals with Catholic hospitals [“Catholic health system, UW Medicine sign pact,” NWTuesday, May 21]. Now the University of Washington hospital has made such an arrangement. I believe that hospitals that receive public tax support must remain separate from…

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March 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Pope Francis: Conservative theology, generous public persona

Francis provides hope for humanity Although I’m not a Roman Catholic, I am a believer and I was deeply offended that the editorial in The Times not only denigrated and disparaged the entire process of Pope Francis’ election but seemed written to play to a supposed gallery of nonbelievers (chuckle, chuckle) [“Pople Francis and the...

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