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January 20, 2014

All businesses must follow the rules

— — There is a limit to freedom. Your freedom ends where mine begins. If your religion calls for you to pray at a certain hour, fine, but it’s up to you to make sure that you are someplace that is not going to interfere with others.

The argument put forth in the Chicago Tribune editorial reprinted in the Telegraph puts me in mind of the argument of some during the civil rights era: “It’s my business, and I can serve who I want.” Religious organizations may have a right to their beliefs, but they do not have the right to inflict those beliefs on others. The rules in question apply to businesses, not churches.

If a church-owned business services only its members, allowances should be made for that, but if it is going to service the general public, it should get with the program, or get out.

Joe Hall


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