Summer Sale Extended! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Readers Respond
News Opinion Readers Respond

Religion no excuse to ignore ACA [Letter]

Religion should never be allowed to be used as an excuse to opt out of civic and legal responsibilities that are required of society as a whole. Property taxes should be paid by those who own "houses of worship" exactly is required by personal house owners. Religious institutions should be just as responsible for the upkeep of the Chesapeake Bay, for example, as the general public. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the United States and religious beliefs should not be allowed to trump this.

Basing responsible participation in modern society on an Old Testament quip of rendering unto Caesar is anachronistic and certainly handy. Religious groups now feel perfectly free to participate in all aspects of secular and civic society, effectively ignoring the separation of church and state written into the Constitution, so they should be expected to fully participate in the responsibilities, too.

Nancy Spies, Jarrettsville

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Don't open Pandora's box [Editorial]

    Don't open Pandora's box [Editorial]

    Our view: Should the Supreme Court rule that religious 'rights' of corporations hold sway, discrimination is likely to extend far beyond simple access to contraception

  • Summer break was too short

    Summer break was too short

    When Baltimore County students went back to school more than two weeks before Labor Day this fall, everyone talked about how short the summer seemed. That's because it was shorter this year — a total of only nine weeks.

  • Green energy won't create jobs

    Green energy won't create jobs

    Letter writer Shilpa Shenvi recently claimed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act should be renewed because it will add $1.6 billion to the state's economy and generate 37,000 jobs ("Green energy = jobs," Aug. 22).

  • Trump the demagogue

    Trump the demagogue

    I was extremely pleased to read Armin Mruck's letter regarding Donald Trump ("Triumph of the Trump," Aug. 27).

  • Towson U's leading man

    Towson U's leading man

    The recent Sun photo spread of Towson University's most famous celebrities left out one of its most famous graduates.

  • A gift for friendship

    A gift for friendship

    Fred Rasmussen's fine obituary of Peter W. Culman highlighted Peter's outstanding career in the theater ("Peter W. Culman, former Center Stage managing director, dies," Aug. 24).

Comments
Loading
72°