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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

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