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Gazette turns its back on religious freedom

Editor:

I write in regard to the Gazette editorial defending the Obama health-care policy. This policy now forces Catholic hospitals and schools to provide contraceptive and abortion benefits in employees' health insurance plans.

With this decree, thus ends the American tradition of respect for the spiritual conscience of citizens. Government edicts now replace individual decisions concerning the most personal moral aspects of our lives.

Religious freedom dies when the state usurps the moral code of your freely chosen faith. A person may choose to use contraception pills or have an abortion, but that person should not force fellow citizens to pay for it.

Catholics should not have their religious rights violated because they reach out to help sick people with nonprofit loving care. Soon every church will be controlled by government mandates.

Sadly, our Charleston Gazette abandons the free-press tradition of vigilantly guarding the constitutional right of religious freedom. The remaining rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights will not long endure. Rule of the state, for the state, by the state will quickly follow.

Father Patrick McDonough

St. Albans

Where can glass be recycled near Sutton?

Editor:

I would like to know where one can recycle glass jars. I used to take my plastics to Sutton, which is six miles from my home. Now they quit taking recyclables, so I will have to take things to Gassaway, which is about twice as far. No one close takes glass.

Bonnie M. Westfall

Sutton

Ringling Bros. Circus abuses elephants

Editor:

Ringling Bros. was fined $270,000 by the USDA on Nov. 23 for noncompliance with the Animal Welfare Act - the largest such fine ever!

Ringling's "training" tools are a terrifying combination of ropes, chains, bull hooks, electric shock prods, maternal deprivation and corporal punishment. Animals only "perform" because of punishment or threat of more punishment. They remember the pain inflicted upon them.

During "training," baby elephants are bound by ropes and wrestled by several adult men into confusing and physically difficult positions, they scream, cry and struggle as they are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gorged with bull hooks and shocked with electric prods. …

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