Letter: Religious freedom

March 27, 2014 

In response to Kathy Simpson (Letters, March 7): If you don't like the answer, don't ask the question. It is hypocritical of our society to respect some First Amendment decisions and not others. Some examples:

"Hi, can you please perform an abortion for me? "... "We don't perform abortions at our practice."

"Hi, can you please assist me in ending my life using your medical expertise?" ... "We don't engage in assisted suicide at our facility."

"Hi, can you please prescribe me some medical marijuana?" ... "I don't prescribe marijuana for my patients, but I can prescribe some alternative pain medication."

"Hi, can you please assist me in suing my parents? "... "We do not provide that kind of legal counsel in our office. Here is a referral."

"Hi, can you help me marry a person of my same gender?" ... "Our business provides wedding services for opposite gender wedding ceremonies. Here is a referral."

"Hi, you must participate in our war." ... "I cannot participate in good conscience. I need to file for conscientious objector status."

Either we have First Amendment protections against violating deeply held religious beliefs or we are violating our Constitution. It is not strange, racist or illogical. It is called integrity and is a foundational protection in our democracy.

SHELLY HANSEN, West Richland

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