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Foundation of our nation

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I was very pleased to see Hobby Lobby place in various media outlets the “In God we Trust” advertisement July 4.

This declarative ad reminded us of the timeless beliefs and principles that are the foundation of our nation. Many of our ancestors have paid dearly with their lives and many others with a lifetime of sacrifice to secure and maintain our freedoms.

The mantra today in civil discourse is tolerance, but there can be tolerance only if there are differences in opinion. We have seen strong reaction to the June 30 Supreme Court opinion protecting the owners of closely held companies to abide by their religious beliefs. I am dismayed at the lack of sense of proportion of those who disagree with this decision.

It is nonsensical to think that paying $200 per year for contraception is a denial to health care access any more so than paying hundreds of dollars per month for insurance with thousands in deductibles for the essential treatment of a broken leg or coronary bypass.

We can only be the United States if we are willing to respect others’ deeply held beliefs and not impose sanctions or costs upon others for that which we could quite easily provide for ourselves.

We need a disciplined and temperate debate of our nation’s moral standards for our common civil life. Liberty requires that government only can expect that the individual accede to the most essential laws and standards guided by Constitutional principles.

Mike McKay


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