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People wait in line to enter the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. The Supreme Court is embarking on a new term that could be as consequential as the last one with the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Updated: February 2, 2013 6:16AM

Steven Strauss’ piece comparing today’s America to the Rome of the past was spot on [“America resembling the Roman Republic,” Saturday].

At least the Romans couldn’t give corporations a voice in elections, as our Supreme Court has done. Lincoln must be turning over in his grave. His “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has truly perished from the Earth. It’s now government of the people, by the rich, and for the wealthy.

Jim Riley, Homer Glen

Hostile columnist

Bonnie Erbe’s column, “U.S. Christian dominance fading” [Saturday], was a poorly written anti-Catholic rant. She doesn’t even try to justify her views on the abortion and contraception mandate in ObamaCare, which is clearly an unconstitutional mandate. She just uses the Sun-Times as a source for her clear hostility to Christians and Catholics.

Peter Donnelly, Edgewater

The right to resist

Guest columnist Bonnie Erbe is wrong in her claim that the Catholic Church’s objection to the ObamaCare contraception and abortificant mandate is an attempt to impose its religious views on an unwilling America. It has nothing to do with others.

The objection is based on the right to resist the government when it would compel believers to violate their consciences. To illustrate that depth of conviction, consider what is at stake for Catholics and other Christians. The Church has over a century built a system of universities, hospitals and charities out of a dedication to serve others. All this may be wiped away by the confiscatory penalties imposed by ObamaCare if the required contraception and abortificant services are not provided in Catholic health plans.

It’s not just the Church with moral objections. Christian-owned Hobby Lobby faces fines of $1.3 million a day starting Jan. 1 for refusing to comply with the mandate on conscience grounds. Does it make any sense to believe that Catholics and other Christians would risk destruction of their institutions and businesses to make a point to non-believers? No, the point is serving God as our consciences demand. That’s not about you, it’s about us.

Ronald Cobb, North Barrington

Misplaced blame

In the editorial page’s fervor to blame the Republicans for going over the cliff because they are resistant to increasing taxes on higher incomes (a measure that is only symbolic and would have no effect on reversing this country’s financial woes), it completely ignores the infinitely more important role of spending cuts, which the Democrats are loathe to put forth and support. Of course, with the media so comfortably nestled in the Dems’ pockets, this plays nicely right into their hands. They know they can’t lose. Thus, their strategy of sitting back and doing nothing is allowed to continue, to the peril of the working class.

Pamela Lopez, Alsip

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