Letter: Selling flowers not a religious decision

May 5, 2013 

Carl Shepherd (Letters April 22) says, "every individual and business has the right to follow their religious beliefs ... we should not enter into a business dealing that we believe in our heart is a sin." I have no issue with those statements.

However, Arlene's Flowers' refusal to sell flowers to two men who planned to marry has nothing to do with religion. The flower shop is in business to sell flowers. That is all their business does. These men wanted to buy flowers, and Arlene's is a fool not to take their business. They sell flowers to people and receive revenues from those sales.

The flower shop does not participate in any way with how the buyers use the flowers after Arlene's delivers them. Whether the buyers are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or nonbelievers has nothing to do with Arlene's business. She just sells flowers and delivers them to the buyer.

The flower shop has totally lost sight of what they are in business to do. They sell flowers and that is all there is to it. It's as simple as that.

JERRY GREENFIELD, Richland

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