Regarding the Dec. 8 reprinted opinion piece, "Do corporations have religious rights, too?" we note that corporations have long been recognized as persons in the legal sense. Moreover, corporations are owned and run by individuals.
The First Amendment's guarantee of the free exercise of religion permits individuals to run their businesses in accord with their moral and religious beliefs. The Obama administration is seeking to impose its moral and religious values on large employers by requiring them to cover the costs of contraceptives, abortifacient drugs and devices, and sterilization.
The opinion's author states, "...these owners seek indirectly to impose their own religious beliefs on their employees by dictating which legal family planning methods they can use." Nonsense. Employees are free to use any family planning method they choose. Employers are simply asking them to pay for those methods that violate the employer's conscience.
Individuals are free to work for whichever employer they choose and to buy whatever family planning materials and services they believe to be morally acceptable. Employers should not be forced to pay for things that violate their consciences and to suffer bankrupting financial penalties if they fail to do so.
Raymond J. Adamek, Kent