Letter: Arlene's Flowers appears to put one principle ahead of another

May 20, 2013 

Supporters of Baronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers, portray her refusal to supply flowers to a gay wedding as being a matter of principle.

It might be more accurate to say this is a matter of elevating one of her principles over another. That is, I assume she believes in the Golden Rule, since it or its equivalent is a fundamental teaching of every major religion on Earth. Whether it's expressed as, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," or a succinct, "Be kind," it seems to me that this principle got ignored, for refusal of service is an intrinsically unkind act.

So, by all means, let's put principles in the forefront of this discussion, but let's not get so focused on one that we don't notice we're relegating another to the back of the bus.


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