Letters to the Editor 7/10/14
I am writing in response to Chris Britt’s cartoon (“Church of Hobby Lobby”) in the July 3 edition of Illinois Times. I enjoy editorial cartoons as much as anyone does. Should not the facts be straight even in a cartoon?
Britt shows a sign that says, “Trampling of Women’s Reproductive Rights.” The case, which Hobby Lobby presented, was not designed to “trample women’s reproductive rights.” It was based on the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act.
The law states that the government cannot place “undue burden” on an individual for the exercise of his or her religious freedom. The government was forcing Hobby Lobby to violate the religious beliefs of the owners forcing them to provide abortion pills. (Hobby Lobby provides for 16 of the 20 contraceptive pills.)
This was not a “war against women.” It was standing up for their religious beliefs and rights. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; . . .” The Constitution does not guarantee the right of any gender to free medical care of a certain kind. The woman in the cartoon has a choice, to boycott Hobby Lobby. The owners of Hobby Lobby have the right to free exercise of their religion. The exercise of religion does not end where commerce begins.
Dan Hillard, pastor
East Keys Baptist Church
CONTROL YOUR BODY NOT MY BELIEF
Please stop with the Chris Britt cartoons bashing Hobby Lobby. They are not denying anyone birth control; they are refusing to pay for it. They are not calling anyone names or wanting to burn anyone at the stake. So lay off. They want to live out their beliefs as promised by the Founding Fathers. These women screaming about wanting to control their own bodies should do just that – stop expecting someone to pay for your decisions and take the responsibility yourselves!
KEEPING CLAYVILLE ALIVE
Thank you for your wonderful coverage of Prairie Dreams (“Prairie Dreams: A play tells the story of pioneers at Clayville,” Tom Irwin, June 26). The Pleasant Plains Historical Society is a nonprofit, supported only through events, donations and the labor of members and friends.
Our Clayville Historic Site will continue to thrive only through help from the coverage the media provides. Your past and continued support of our efforts is much appreciated.
Jerry Smith, PPHS vice president
BARK FOR OUR PARK
Springfield made it to the finals in Petsafe’s Bark for Your Park Contest. We are one of 15 communities competing for a chance to win up to $100,000 for a dog park. Any winnings would go to the Springfield Parks Foundation in support of Barker Dog Park. Please help us by voting twice each day both on Petsafe.net and Facebook through July 31. Voting links can also be found on springfielddogpark.com.
We are in third place for the $25,000 prize and hope that this video will encourage people to vote for Springfield. youtube.com/watch?v=j1sPErezlS4.