Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Your letters: Hobby Lobby's beliefs imposed on employees

Hobby Lobby's religious convictions aren't for sale | Jan. 12

What about the employees?

Hobby Lobby has filed suit against provisions in the Affordable Care Act that they indicate go against their religious convictions just like the Catholic Church, as well as other "religious" organizations or companies whose owners have certain beliefs. They all state that they do not want the big bad government imposing on their freedoms at the same time they want to impose their beliefs on their employees' freedoms who may or may not have their same beliefs.

If that is their contention, then maybe Hobby Lobby, the Catholic Church and other such organizations and companies should limit their hiring of employees to only those of their same religion and religious beliefs. They are all hypocrites who do not practice what they preach.

Dale Gottschalk, Hudson

Seems like pinching pennies

The article on Hobby Lobby seems to be quite one-sided. For example, it has been reported that Hobby Lobby provided contraception coverage in the past, but only recently (after coverage became mandatory under the ACA) did they decide it was against their beliefs. If true, this would seem to cast doubt on Hobby Lobby's quest to "operate their business the way they have been."

What about corporations created by an owner with differing religious beliefs? Should a corporation run by a Jehovah's Witness be able to provide health care for everything except blood transfusions? Seems quite ludicrous to me. So why is providing health care for everything except contraception okay?

Corporations cannot control how and where an employee's paycheck is spent; why should they be able to control how and where an employee's health care is spent? These topics (and others) were not covered, and we are left with the impression that Hobby Lobby is on some noble mission to right a wrong. To me, it appears to be another company trying to pinch pennies and control the lives of its employees.

Todd Piersall, Dade City

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