Don't oversimplify

Published: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 - 11:03 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 - 10:39 am

Re "Hobby Lobby case about coercion" (Another View, March 28): Although The Bee was right to publish Margaret Bengs' response to editorial criticism of Hobby Lobby, I doubt Bee editors got the message.

We know that editorial cartoons are hyperbole, distortion and misinformation. They are, after all, only cartoons. However, there is no excuse for Bee editors simplifying the Hobby position so as to suggest the owners object to all contraception, not just the four or 20 they consider to be post-conception and therefore contrary to their religious beliefs concerning abortion. Regardless of the merits of the Hobby Lobby case, the only reasons I can imagine for such simplification are that editors think their readers are not capable of managing complete information or that exculpatory information might weaken the editorial position. Both are unsupportable.

-- Harvey Swenson, Sacramento

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