Letter: Arlene's Flowers controversy illustrates danger of aggressive secularism

June 25, 2013 

In the beginning, God made man in his own image and likeness. Man is free to choose right from wrong and to make moral choices informed by conscience. Our Constitution has always protected our right to religious freedom but now aggressive secularism is trying to destroy religious freedom.

Mankind's purpose, as the book of Genesis described it, includes God's first commandment that man and woman are meant to join in a lifelong, fruitful union. It is a violation of this commandment to be forced to celebrate -- or decorate -- same-sex weddings.

Florists should be free to refuse to sell flowers to anyone. The refusal of the owner of Arlene's Flowers to decorate a same-sex wedding is based on the Christian understanding of the divine meaning of marriage. Her freedom to live her beliefs about the inherent meaning of marriage must be upheld.

The fact that our culture permits divorce and winks at adultery diminishes our understanding of marriage, but does not alter what marriage is meant to be. We must stand up against aggressive secularism or we will lose all freedom.

D.P. DILLON, Kennewick

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