Letter: Minding our own business

In Alan Choate's column (July 6) he writes there is a rule we should all follow: "Employers, an employee's sex life and reproductive decisions are none of your business. And for the most part, their health care choices are none of your beeswax either."

That is correct but it must go much further. That sentence should also read, "Government, an employee's sex life and reproductive decisions are none of your business."

The argument is regarding the First Amendment, which forbids the government from creating any law "... respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...".

That is the central point of the issue, the abomination that is the Democrats' and Obama's Affordable Care Act. The argument has been narrowed to a question of religion and the rights of an employer to refuse to pay for insurance for abortion pills. In the latest Supreme Court decision - and Alan is correct to state, there will be more challenges to follow - the right of an employer, because of religious beliefs, to refuse to pay for insurance that provides free abortion pills, is maintained. This Supreme Court ruling does not prevent a woman from acquiring abortion pills - they may be purchased over the counter at their local drug store.

And although that is the principle involved in this court decision, it is not the entire issue. It overlooks that part of the First Amendment about abridging the freedom of speech, which allows a citizen to "just say no." The issue goes to the rights of a citizen to decide what they may do and when they may do it (within constraints of criminal law) and what they may refuse to do.

It is not the business of the government to force citizens to purchase something they do not want, Justice Roberts' "tax" ruling be damned. Now citizens can be forced to purchase anything, from curly-que light bulbs to Chevy Volts, or face a very costly penalty, and their only acceptable reason for refusal must be for constitutionally recognized religious reasons.

D.B. Mitchell

Valle Vista