Contrary to the letter by John Ashman, the owners of Hobby Lobby are not forcing their views on anyone. (“Are owners of business forcing views on workers?” 2/12/2014) Only governments have the legal right to use force against peaceful people. No one is being forced to work for or patronize Hobby Lobby. Although I disagree completely with their religious beliefs, I do agree that they have the right to use their own private property, including their business which is open to the public, in their own peaceful, honest way. Similarly, individuals and groups have freedom of speech, assembly and association rights which allow them to organize protests and boycotts against businesses that they think operate unfairly. Government’s proper role is to protect the lives, liberty and property of peaceful people against those who would use force or fraud to take what they want . It is not proper to for government to take sides when there are differences of opinions between peaceful and honest people.
Link to Register article: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140213/OPINION04/302130029/1038/opinion04/Letter-editor-owners-business-forcing-views-workers-