Regarding the Jan. 29 news article “ Legislators return with gusto”: It’s understandable, I suppose, that Phil Berger, Paul Stam and Tami Fitzgerald want to protect the religious freedom of those whose religious beliefs are the same as theirs – magistrates who refuse to officiate at wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples and pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth-control pills.
But what about protecting those whose religious beliefs are different from theirs? What about exempting Rastafarians from the laws criminalizing the possession and use of marijuana? What about allowing those who, on religious or moral grounds, oppose the death penalty to serve on juries in death penalty cases or to refuse to pay taxes to support a government that kills others in their name? Just asking.
John L. Saxon, Raleigh