Dear Ms. Dupuy,
You began your recent article with the following statement: “Conservative Christians cheered when Hobby Lobby was able to deny working women of childbearing age birth control coverage through their company’s insurance plan.” An honest, responsible journalist would have both known and reported that Hobby Lobby is actually continuing to provide health insurance plans that cover 16 different preventative forms of birth control. President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” would have forced them to provide coverage for 4 means of birth control which could possibly act as abortifacients, terminating pregnancy in its initial stage. In other words, the owners of Hobby Lobby would be forced, by the federal government, against their free will, to provide insurance plans which would cover practices which, at least in their view, amount to the murder of an unborn child. On the other hand, none of Hobby Lobby’s female employees are being forced to do anything which would violate their consciences. They are free, both to procure their own means of birth control, as well as find a new place of employment. I would humbly suggest that in such a situation in which no citizen’s rights are being violated by another party, the federal government can mind its own business.
The issue of the use of Steve Green’s curriculum in public schools is another matter. The “Museum of the Bible Curriculum,” a four-year public school elective on different aspects of the Bible and its impact on history, is currently not mandatory, and this is a good thing, since no one should be forced by the state to have their children indoctrinated against their will. Ironically, this is exactly what happens when the state is given power to compel mandatory attendance in order to receive cookie-cutter instruction on how to best think and act in accordance with the state’s best interests.
The Green’s conflicting ideas of liberty aside, the Protestant Reformation did much to combat the control and abuses of the Roman Catholic Church against the conscience of the common person when it came to religious liberty. One need not be a Protestant to recognize the incalculable influence of Reformation principles upon the founding of this nation, down to its constitutionally based, representative form of government.
The ruling of the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case was indeed a victory, but not just for conservative Christians. It was a victory for all of us who value the liberty of all Americans, not just those who think the way we do. The freedom to pursue a life of happiness without encroachment upon the will or property of another is the right of every American, and our Constitution, when respected and embraced, protects that right.
Sincerely, respectfully, and freely yours,
P.S. The so-called holy grail isn’t mentioned in the Bible. And while I’m not a Roman Catholic, I know quite a few who’d strongly disagree with your assessment of their view of God’s Word. In the age of the Internet, a journalist’s accuracy about these details is not a particularly difficult goal to accomplish.
UPDATE: A shortened (by me) version of this reply was published by the same news source where I found Ms. Dupuy’s article (also shortened from its original length).