I read with interest the article “Pa. Company at Center of Supreme Court Case on Contraceptive Coverage” published June 22 regarding a possible upcoming decision from the Supreme Court in the Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius case. Regardless of the outcome of this particular case, what really caught my attention was the defensive language used by the government in this instance.
The government position quoted in the article states: “To maintain an organized society that guarantees religious freedom to a great variety of faiths requires that some religious practices yield to the common good.” Think about the position they are taking in this case. It actually reflects common sense.
They are basically saying that the will of the majority of people benefiting from or agreeing to an action should be considered when making a decision. Alleluia!
If I were the attorneys for a municipality that wanted to put up a manger scene in front of its building, a valedictorian who wanted to mention God in a speech or a school board or city council that wanted to start their session with a prayer, I would save that quote and refer to it when a person objects to a scene being displayed or God being mentioned by a student or a prayer being used to open a meeting.
I’m sure that the aforementioned quote will apply only to this particular case, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could someday be able to replace the politically correct police with the common good police?
BARTLEY J. RAHUBA
First Published June 29, 2014 12:00 AM