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With Hobby Lobby decision, extremist views are now mainstream [Letter]

About 25 years ago, when I was a Republican, there were many responsible Republicans in Maryland whom I admired. This was about the time people with more extreme views were beginning to get involved in the party. They actually thought there was no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution.

Yet many of the responsible Republicans would say to me: "Don't worry Mel, we only give those people lip service. We need them but they have no chance of directing policy."

Well, this latest decision by the Supreme Court and the acquiescence by responsible people to the implications of this decision have stood those assurances on their heads ("Court sides with employers in contraception case," June 30).

Here is what the Constitution says: "Congress shall make no laws regarding the establishment of religion."

That means none. Government shall take no action favoring religion. That has been agreed upon by the overwhelming majority of people, elected officials and judges for 200 years. But no more.

What the Supreme Court did was start the process of implementing the once extreme position that there is no separation of church and state. So when your daughter, sister, niece or grand daughter decides she wants to use an IUD as a form of birth control and has to ask her boss' permission, you can tell her that's no big deal.

Or when publicly held corporations decide to tie onto the same decision that the Supreme Court has now exempted privately held companies from this health care provision, you can say no big deal.

And when companies headed by a person or board whose religious beliefs prohibit blood transfusion, you can say, no big deal. We were just giving lip service, weren't we?

Mel Mintz, Pikesville

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