Letter to the Editor: Hobby Lobby case is one more step toward change


There’s an old saying, “give them enough rope and they’ll hang themselves.” The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case that allows employers to deny affordable birth control to their employees is but another step, albeit a small one, in tightening the metaphorical noose that will eventually make religious fundamentalism irrelevant in the affairs of Americans.

The signs are unmistakable. The “nones,” those Americans who express no religious preference, have grown from 9-20 percent in the last decade.

Christians in large numbers are becoming members in what pundits have dubbed the “Church Alumni Association.” The largest group being former Catholics who can no longer swallow the derisive rhetoric coming from the bishops regarding social issues such as a women’s right to choose, birth control, and gay marriage.

No rational person wants to belong to an organization that looks upon women as second class citizens by denying them access to birth control and dehumanizes gay Americans by denying them the same right to marry the person they love like their heterosexual counterparts.

Perhaps it is wishful thinking on my part, but I am convinced that Christianity as we know it will die and the long sought rapprochement between the religious and secular communities will come to pass, allowing us to seek common ground in order to create a world in which peace, happiness and prosperity are enjoyed by all.

Gene Rigelon, Front Royal

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