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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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0 Comments | More in Religion | Topics: Kathleen Parker, Margaret Garber, Obama

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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0 Comments | More in government, Religion | Topics: government, religion

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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0 Comments | More in Religion | Topics: Mars Hill, religion

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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0 Comments | More in Catholic Church, Religion | Topics: Catholic, dogma, faith

September 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Death with dignity in Catholic hospitals

Catholic health care is dignified I read with stunned disbelief Tom Preston’s guest column. [“Defend death with dignity in Catholic-run medical facilities,” Opinion, Sept. 2.] I was particularly amazed at that last line: “A peaceful death, surrounded by loved ones, is a choice that should be respected, honored and treated with the dignity every person deserves.” That…

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0 Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: death, Death with Dignity, health care

July 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Advertisement from the Freedom From Religion Foundation

Editor’s note: On Thursday, July 4, there was a full-page advertisement in the news section, placed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Published in full color, the advertisement’s main message was “Celebrate our godless Constitution,” and it featured portraits and quotes from six of America’s Founding Fathers. The advertisement was paid for by the Freedom…

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June 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

UW Medicine alliance with PeaceHealth

Keep medicine and religion separate Medical issues addressed in a hospital require doctors and nurses. Clergy can be excellent supportive friends. Hospital chapels are OK too. [“Letter: Same care delivered,” Northwest Voices, June 11.] We must tell the boards of medical centers that the best medical opinions are from licensed physicians and nurses. Only a tiny…

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0 Comments | More in Seattle | Topics: clergy, hospital, Medicine

June 8, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Catholic health-care systems in state hospitals

PeaceHealth does not prohibit end-of-life care As medical director of the PeaceHealth hospice program in Bellingham, I was dismayed by your editorial statement that PeaceHealth “prohibits end-of-life services.” PeaceHealth has long been a leader in supporting patients at the end of life; this is central to our mission and values [“Editorial: Give PeaceHealth-UW partnership a…

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0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: assisted suicide, Catholic, Death with Dignity

June 7, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Forget race; fear extremism

State purpose, not religion I object to the overuse of the terms “Islamic extremist” and “Islamic terrorist.” These terms are misleading and inflammatory [“Extremism has no race,” Opinion, June 2]. The terms imply that the people who commit these acts of violence are actually following the ideals and teachings of Islam. This is not so. Islam…

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