Church and State

To the Editor:
    The current pressure on the Catholic Church to comply with federal law is not unprecedented.  In 1895, in order to attain statehood, the Territory of Utah abandoned the Mormon Church’s sanction of polygamy, although it is still practiced by break-away sects.  If  the Catholic ban on insurance coverage for contraception falls under the umbrella of religious freedom, shouldn’t also Mormon polygamy, Evangelical refusal of inoculation against communicable diseases or medical care for sick children, or, for that matter, Islamic Sharia Law?  This is not an intrusion into religious belief.  Catholic women may act as they see fit, but insurance policy must meet federal standards.

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