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Bigoted cartoon

To the Editor:

The cartoon published in the 12/20 edition of the North Countryman was unusually ignorant and stupid. The point of the First Amendment protection of the free exercise of religion is precisely to prevent governmental interference with our religious beliefs. The Obamacare mandate, by curtailing religious freedom, is a threat to ALL religions, which is why the plaintiffs in the suits against the government represent other religions besides Catholicism.

I had thought that the long and shameful history of anti-Catholic bigotry had died out in America, but the Valley News, I see, is reviving it.

John I. Gardner

Essex

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