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Letter to the editor: Response to “Freedom of the Market” article

January 24, 2014

The Jan. 16, 2014, edition of the Tech Talk contained an article by John Sadler titled “Freedom of the Market.” In this article, Sadler corrected the ignorance of the belief that Phil Robertson’s (now-retracted) dismissal from “Duck Dynasty” was a violation of the First Amendment.

 

I totally agree with Sadler and support his interpretation of the First Amendment. I would, however; like to suggest that while the First Amendment remained intact, A&E may have infringed upon the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It states that: “It shall be unlawful…to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual…because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”

 

Despite the current debate within Christian circles, some groups still believe homosexuality to be marked by God as sinful. Lifeway Christian Resources, a prominent Christian authority, has released research that states 37 percent of Americans still hold the belief that homosexuality is immoral. This minority population still maintains the rights allotted them in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this situation, religious views about the morality of a social issue is protected against discrimination in employment from both the government and private sector.

 

This response is made for the sole purpose of discussing the legal implications of this case, and is totally independent of my personal views of morality. The government has had controls such as these placed on the market for some time. Market restrictions have actually increased recently with the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. While you may make an argument for these limitations in the name of liberty, they leave the market a little less than “free.”

 

Robert Price,
senior psychology major

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