Jan 092014
 

To the Editor:
It must be God’s time for a new “rights movement” when we all lock arms and march down every street and into the nation’s capital and put an end to discrimination against our most basic protected right to freedom of religion.
The fact that we even need to have this conversation in our America screams loudly of the slippery slope we are on — a slope greased with twisted phrases defying logic.
It must be time for justified civil disobedience. We will need to say we are willing to be imprisoned. Maybe we need a Martin Luther King Jr. to lead us peacefully, with passion and determination. Perhaps it is time to forget about our money and think about not only getting dirty feet, but getting bloody as we follow our Savior in following our conscience.
We have much to learn from David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers with more than 500 locations in 41 states. He lives his faith, which has been the driving force of his business practices. Just for starters, he pays 80 percent above minimum wage for beginning employees. They do not work during family time in the evenings and on God’s time on Sundays. He refuses to pay the mandated insurance to cover abortion-producing drugs and will face over $1 million in fines as a result. If need be, he will close all of his stores. He is truly stepping out in faith — he truly has his vision fixed on the real prize.
Are we not as brave? Are we not as faithful and faith-filled? This kind of determined commitment to our rights and our faith will restore our freedom of religion. Together we can do this. Who will lead us?
Charlene Merritt
Bettendorf

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