Letter to the Editor: Lujan Grisham Wrongly Interjects Personal Beliefs in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Statement

Los Alamos

I was disappointed, but not surprised to read Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby. Rep. Lujan Grisham attempts to interject her personal beliefs, but she has it backwards. Privately held companies are owned by people, and these people have rights under our Constitution.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court affirmed our First Amendment Rights by limiting the power of government to tell us how we can practice our religious beliefs. Since Rep. Lujan Grisham seems to have forgotten the First Amendment and her oath of office, I present both as a reminder to her:

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Oath of Office: I, Michelle Lujan Grisham do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

I would also like to remind Rep. Lujan Grisham that no one is forcing employees who disagree with Hobby Lobby’s policy on abortion to work for Hobby Lobby. They are free at any time to seek work from a company who does provide abortion coverage.


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