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March 31, 2014
Claims that corporations should be exempt from the health insurance law because their owners object to it on religious grounds are ludicrous ( "Don't open Pandora's box," March 24). By incorporating, the owners of Hobby Lobby receive valuable protections from the government: For example, the owners aren't personally liable for the debts of the corporation and can't be sued as individuals for injuries that occur due to the firm's negligence. Now the corporation claims to have a religion.
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NEWS
July 2, 2014
The Sun's editorial board really should read the Supreme Court decision, not just the dissent, before you write an editorial on it ( "Corporations v. People," July 1). First, this decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to hold that all insurance coverage mandates - vaccinations or blood transfusions, for example - must necessarily fall if they conflict with an employer's religious beliefs. Nor does it provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice.
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NEWS
February 23, 2012
I am among the estimated 10 to 15 percent of Americans who are atheist. We are just as moral as any other group of Americans. As I read or watch the news on TV, I am filled with horror as our elected representatives kowtow to the persistent pressure from "good Christians" trying to force their beliefs on us and make the country a "Christian nation. " They are trying to force their religion into laws covering everything from civil marriage to contraception to a woman's decision whether to have an abortion.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
A prospective student at the Community College of Baltimore County sued school officials in federal court this week, contending that he was denied admission to an academic program based on an expression of his religious beliefs. Brandon Jenkins, who is being represented by the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice, said in the lawsuit that when asked what was most important to him during an interview with CCBC officials as part of the application process last spring, he responded: "My God. " Shortly afterward, he was denied admission into the radiation therapy program, and he asked the program coordinator for an explanation in an email.
NEWS
By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | August 30, 1995
The former principal of Northeast High School claimed yesterday he was demoted to a desk job because of his religious beliefs, not his handling of a teacher-student sex scandal at his school or his job performance."
FEATURES
By Glenn McNatt | March 31, 1996
The voice seemed to fill the vast space of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, though the impression was not so much one of great volume as of a spiritual quality transfigured through sound into a palpable presence. The effect was uncanny: high notes to die for, a glorious middle register and creamy low notes that brought to mind the young Leontyne Price.It was one of the most magical moments of the brilliant concert that opened the 30th-anniversary season of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society last November.
NEWS
August 18, 2010
We are all accustomed to hypocritical politicians but state Sen. Andy Harris's comment about the proposed Ground Zero mosque ".....that does not mean you should practice your religion without a sense of respect for others" - truly takes the cake. Over the years Mr. Harris devoted a great deal of energy in Annapolis to trying to legislate the imposition of his religious beliefs, particularly his opposition to reproductive rights, on all of the rest of us. Vote Kratovil. Monica Brandes, Towson
NEWS
February 11, 2012
I would like to respond to the articles in The Sun regarding the gay marriage debate. The debate often centers around religious beliefs. I have religious beliefs that say we are to love God and our fellow man as ourselves. That seems to be universally accepted. However, The Bible also states in Corinthians 14:34, that "women shall not speak in church. " I do not believe that it is God's will that women not teach and speak in His church. Many verses in the Bible must be looked at with an understanding that some verses have been translated through the centuries in an incorrect way. For those who want to deny gay people the right to marry based on religious beliefs that come from Bible verses, they should reconsider based on the above mentioned verse that is one example of verses in question.
NEWS
November 11, 2011
So Maryland's Roman Catholic bishops are claiming that same-sex marriage threatens "religious liberty" are they? ("Bishops assail same-sex marriage," Nov. 10.) From where I sit the attack on religious freedom comes from the Catholic Church with its never ending war on everyone else's values and its constant battle to impose Catholic doctrine on every citizen regardless of his or her own religious beliefs.   Lisa Paschal Snyder, Owings Mills
NEWS
July 2, 2012
I feel compelled to write in response to Archbishop William Lori's commentary on religious freedom ("A fight for freedom," June 12). He claims an assault on religious freedom is under way in this country because the federal government refuses to finance his efforts and those of his fellow bishops to impose the religious beliefs of the Catholic Church on non-Catholics. That is what it has always been about over the many decades the Catholic Church has resisted recognizing American women's right to abortion and contraception.
NEWS
March 31, 2014
Claims that corporations should be exempt from the health insurance law because their owners object to it on religious grounds are ludicrous ( "Don't open Pandora's box," March 24). By incorporating, the owners of Hobby Lobby receive valuable protections from the government: For example, the owners aren't personally liable for the debts of the corporation and can't be sued as individuals for injuries that occur due to the firm's negligence. Now the corporation claims to have a religion.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
Leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People urged Maryland voters Monday to cast ballots in favor of same-sex marriage, saying it is a civil rights issue, not a theological one. Benjamin Jealous, national president the organization, drew on the history of civil rights, and that of his own family, to make the case for marriage equality. "This is a question of what side of history do you want to be on," he said. He referred to the marriage of his parents, an inter-racial couple.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
  Maryland atheists may soon have a lobbying group of their own. The Secular Coalition for America , a nonprofit that lobbies of behalf of atheists, agnostics, free thinkers and "other nontheistic Americans," announced plans Wednesday to organize a Maryland chapter to advocate in Annapolis for strong separation of church and state. The group put out a call for secular-minded Marylanders, regardless of religious beliefs, to take part in an organizational teleconference Sept.
NEWS
July 2, 2012
I feel compelled to write in response to Archbishop William Lori's commentary on religious freedom ("A fight for freedom," June 12). He claims an assault on religious freedom is under way in this country because the federal government refuses to finance his efforts and those of his fellow bishops to impose the religious beliefs of the Catholic Church on non-Catholics. That is what it has always been about over the many decades the Catholic Church has resisted recognizing American women's right to abortion and contraception.
EXPLORE
June 4, 2012
Kristian Feldstein (letter, May 17) asks if there is any harm in same-sex marriage. It is true that religious people believe marriage is between one man and one woman; a person entering into matrimony should work toward the good of his or her spouse and be open to the procreation of children. The very word "matrimony" comes from the Latin mater or "mother. " The trials of married life, usually involving children, forms a core bond of love over time that starts with the family and expands into a love of neighbor, benefiting society.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
In arguing the First Amendment right of employers to choose what coverage they should be exempt from providing based on conscience, the Republicans who supported the Blunt amendment (and the three Democrats who sided with them) are guilty of short-sightedness and an absence of humility. The essence of the First Amendment is the right of all to their own interpretation of religion, not just the right to their own convictions. To maintain that order of tolerance, the First Amendment mandates that the government must not establish religion, but rather allow the practices of all people.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
  Maryland atheists may soon have a lobbying group of their own. The Secular Coalition for America , a nonprofit that lobbies of behalf of atheists, agnostics, free thinkers and "other nontheistic Americans," announced plans Wednesday to organize a Maryland chapter to advocate in Annapolis for strong separation of church and state. The group put out a call for secular-minded Marylanders, regardless of religious beliefs, to take part in an organizational teleconference Sept.
NEWS
February 20, 2012
Susan Reimer 's moral indignation regarding the dearth of women's responses to the political furor over birth control is misplaced ("In birth control debate, where are the women's voices?" Feb. 16). Women are not speaking out because birth control availability is not the issue, religious freedom is. President Barack Obama reneged on a promise to faith-based organizations that they would not have to violate their religious beliefs when providing health care coverage for their employees.
NEWS
February 23, 2012
I am among the estimated 10 to 15 percent of Americans who are atheist. We are just as moral as any other group of Americans. As I read or watch the news on TV, I am filled with horror as our elected representatives kowtow to the persistent pressure from "good Christians" trying to force their beliefs on us and make the country a "Christian nation. " They are trying to force their religion into laws covering everything from civil marriage to contraception to a woman's decision whether to have an abortion.
NEWS
February 20, 2012
Susan Reimer 's moral indignation regarding the dearth of women's responses to the political furor over birth control is misplaced ("In birth control debate, where are the women's voices?" Feb. 16). Women are not speaking out because birth control availability is not the issue, religious freedom is. President Barack Obama reneged on a promise to faith-based organizations that they would not have to violate their religious beliefs when providing health care coverage for their employees.
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