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Will Shulstad, Moorhead, Published April 10 2014

Letter: Focus on core of Hobby Lobby suit

In response to Jane Ahlin’s April 6 column about the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, I would like to point out that there seems to be some confusion concerning what this lawsuit is about.

Contrary to what Ahlin claims, the issue is not whether a for-profit corporation has religious beliefs greater than those of their employees. The religious beliefs of the employees are not in question at all. That is unless their religious beliefs include thinking that they need their employer to pay for their birth control.

The owners of Hobby Lobby are not trying to stop their employees from purchasing birth control, they are only trying to stop the government from forcing them to pay for it. The issue is also not about whether using certain types of birth control is right or wrong. The fact is that paying for products that have the designed effect of causing an abortion is against the religious beliefs of the owners of Hobby Lobby.

The real issue is whether the U.S. government is allowed to force a group of people, in this case the owners of a corporation, to pay for a product that violates their religious beliefs. Everything else, including perceived hypocrisy and corporate entitlement, is a distraction.