The Supreme Court of the United States is about to take up a so-called religious freedom issue with corporations on the Affordable Care Act and contraceptives. The idea that a company's owner's religious freedom will be more important than the workers they hire should not be hard to figure out. There is, or rather should be, separation of religious freedom from being applied in this case and many like it, such as with abortion.
To have ANY religious value be allowed exemption from a law governing the workplace, and this means any workplace, including churches, would make the church the state or governing body over the people. We would no longer be a democracy in a republican form. Churches could go back to stoning women for adultery under religious freedom. They could kill people under religious freedom and claim it as their right.
To make one person have the power of their religious convictions trump those of many others forces religious persecution upon others. When it comes to exercising religious convictions the workplace is not the area or market in which to do it forcibly by the boss. The contraceptive law is not a law that makes a religious judgment, religious leaders are making a judgment on the law. There is a separation between religious law and government law.
Government law should always be supreme in a secular state. You don't believe in contraceptive use, you do not have to use it as an individual. You do not have the right to force that upon others whom you employ - allowing or even requiring the option is a neutral position and a stand for the individual's rights.
Corporations are using this "idea" that religious freedom applies to them for only one reason, their own profit motive. By being able to deny coverages and services required by law, they are able to simply pocket the money and corporations will do ANYTHING to simply get more money in their pocket and use any means in which to do so.
Denying contraceptive coverage can also lead to the deaths of individuals who need it. This is a fact that cannot be denied, especially in abortion where a woman's life is at risk. The pill is used for many other treatments other than contraception. It's time for the religious right and corporations to seriously look at themselves if they want to be considered moral.
-- Leif P. Damstoft Sr., Warren