WEATHERFORD — Dear Editor:
“It’s a free country!”
How many times have you heard that statement? Too many times to count, probably. Consider this: It is now legal for a for-profit corporation to deny its female employees certain health insurance benefits concerning contraception for religious reasons per the SCOTUS findings for Hobby Lobby on Monday, June 30, 2014. It’s also legal for Hobby Lobby to buy much of its merchandise from China…known world-wide for its inhumane treatment of laborers (certainly not Christian treatment). Though China recently softened its stance on the 40-year-old “one child per family” rule, do you suppose abortion might be a reason why so many Chinese families are able to comply with this rule? Do you think Hobby Lobby cares what’s happening in China? Also, are you aware that nine investment funds in Hobby Lobby’s retirement plan (totaling $73 million which is ¾ of the retirement plan’s total assets) are with contraception manufacturers? (Info for this letter was gleaned from a Mother Jones article dated April 1, 2014, and a Huff Post Business article dated July 1, 2014.) Hypocrisy abounds in the Hobby Lobby world, but after all, it is a free country!
Judy B. Beeman
To Heaven and back
I would like to address a question that often arises about books written by people who say they have been to heaven and back. How do I respond to them? How do I respond to those who say they have been to heaven? When a Christian, or a person who claims to be a Christian, tells me that he has been to heaven, am I obliged to believe him or at least to give him the benefit of the doubt?
No, I am under no such obligation. I do not believe that Don Piper or Colton Burpo or Mary Neal or Bill Wiese visited the afterlife. They can tell me all the stories they want, and they can tell those stories in a sincere tone, but I do not believe them. I am not necessarily saying that these people are liars, just that I am under no obligation to believe another person’s experience. Here’s why.