Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Religious Freedom Shouldn't Curtail Others' Rights

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Religious Freedom Shouldn't Curtail Others' Rights

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Bishop David Zubik and his co-plaintiffs' case in Zubik v. Burwell, which is going before the Supreme Court today, is based on overreaching ideas of religious liberty and presents a one-sided view of who should be allowed religious freedom in the workplace. One person's religious freedom should not curtail other people's personal, human and civil rights.

That businesses and organizations allow their employees to purchase, with their own money, health care plans that cover birth control does not infringe on anyone else's religious rights. If your religious beliefs oppose such life choices, then you are free not to use birth control or have an abortion.

Although the word freedom is mentioned 16 times in Bishop Zubik's Forum commentary ("Zubik v. Burwell," March 20), Bishop Zubik's concept of freedom does not apply to all individuals but espouses only the rights of religious employers, who are most certainly not medical experts, to choose what they think is best for the personal lives of their employees. …

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