Carroll County Times Opinion

Court decision in Hobby Lobby case correct [Letter]

Mitch Edelman's recent opinion column, "Ruling tramples Constitution," was an obvious attempt persuade Carroll County citizens that the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case should be "... regarded as one of its worst."

Despite similar public outcries from bleeding-heart liberals, anyone with a basic knowledge of the U.S. constitutional law realizes such dissent will change nothing. Such opposition is strictly personal opinion. As such, it will in no way alter this court ruling. Our Supreme Court serves as the final authority and interpreter of constitutional law. It did its job in the Hobby Lobby case. This column is little more than a liberal-activist's attempt to stir up public anger and public resentment to this decision.


Let me add that I, and probably many other citizens, were particularly annoyed see that Edelman labeled the majority-vote justices "the Court's extremist bloc." This was a very uncalled for and totally disrespectful remark. A check of the 9-0 and 5-4 voting records of the justices reveals no consistent "extremist bloc" exists in the Court. They often all agree or switch sides in the various cases.

This column also indicates the Court's decision upset our nation's "religious pluralism" principle. As proof, we find a long quote by The Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance and a person who obviously agrees with Edelman. The fact remains that other Court justices, clergy, legal experts and citizens disagree with the assertion of these two and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. This issue remains in the personal opinion arena, where we can agree to disagree.


I do, however, like the Gaddy's remark that the Court's decision was a recalibration of our laws. Also, that the First Amendment is at its best when it protects the rights of minorities, such as the owners of Hobby Lobby. The periodic recalibration of laws is a good thing, especially when the Court rulings reflect sensitivity toward religious freedom.

Finally, one gets tired of reading the usual liberal scare-themes in opinion columns: namely, the "forcing religious beliefs on others" and "threats to women's health and contraception." This is pure nonsense. In America, nobody can force religious beliefs on others. Similarly, women can easily acquire health and contraceptive aid from many no-cost or low-cost sources other than those funded by their employers. This includes the employees of Hobby Lobby and similar faith-based firms, schools, hospitals and non-profits.

Richard Nicolaus