Letter to the Editor: Court cases threaten religious freedom


The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday for Zubik v. Burwell, a set of cases that could threaten religious freedom in this country.

The plaintiffs want the court to say that it’s OK for an employer who opposes contraception to stop an employee from getting it through her insurance. This bogus claim of religious liberty is offensive. Real religious liberty is not using one’s religious beliefs to determine what health care services someone else should use. It’s about protecting the freedom of every individual to make the right decision for themselves and their health.

As a humanist, I stand with the majority of Catholics in the United States who believe that birth control is a moral choice. Like the general public, according to the organization Catholics for Choice, 99 percent of sexually active Catholic women in the U.S. have used a modern contraceptive method at some point in their lives.

This is simply a matter of social justice. It’s high time for Americans to stand up for real religious liberty and everyone’s right to make conscience-based decisions about their reproductive health care, including a woman’s right to choose when it comes to the contentious issue of abortion.

Gene Rigelon, Front Royal