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Health benefits belong to employees, not employers

Both Dwight G. Duncan and Kent Greenfield miss the key point (“Do companies have religious conscience?” Op-ed, March 2).

If your employer disapproves of same-sex marriage, abortion, drinking alcohol, gambling — the list is long — on religious grounds, should the employer be able to withhold wages if you would spend them for such activities? Should a company be able to avoid paying Social Security if their religion opposes the way its employees intend to live in their retirement years?

Funds paid for employees’ medical insurance is part of their earned income, just as are wages, Social Security, pensions, and other benefits. It is the “religious conscience” of the employee, not the employer, that should govern the appropriateness of the expenditures of such funds. Medical insurance is vested in and belongs to the employee, not the employer.


The Rev. Edwin A. Lane