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Sacrificing religious freedom should never be part of a comprimise

To the editor: Your editorial cleverly talks about the balance of two important values: freedom of conscience and freedom from discrimination. It does not frame the debate as a balancing of two rights. ("Discrimination ruling in same-sex-marriage case strikes right balance between freedoms," editorial, Dec. 30)

Is that because you know there are no constitutional rights for either conscience or to be free from gender discrimination?

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The 1st Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Why doesn't the state court ruling against a Massachusetts Catholic school that rescinded a job offer to a man it discovered was married to another man prohibit the school's free exercise of religion? Doesn't the U.S. Constitution trump state law?

The final sentence of your editorial — about extending Massachusetts' law on discrimination in hiring by religious organizations nationwide — concerned me. Do you really propose to eliminate the religious protection of the 1st Amendment?

Thank God our founding fathers required agreement of 75% of the states to amend the Constitution. Or would you like to eliminate that part of the Constitution too?

Casey Hamlin, Bell Canyon

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