Letter: Arlene's Flowers shouldn't discriminate against anyone

June 28, 2013 

Leon Howard's letter on June 17, written in response to David Feller's letter on the Arlene's Flowers controversy, ignored some basic points of this case.

First, last time I checked, Arlene's Flowers is a public business. That means the owner has contracted to sell to the public, not just people who share her religious/social beliefs. What would she do if she was against interracial or interfaith marriage? What if she didn't approve of Jews or Muslims? What if she considered Mormonism a cult? Would she refuse to prepare flowers for them?

Second, from what I understand of this case, the customer in question is a customer of longstanding. Mr. Howard's letter says there was no hatred. But is that true? After 25 years, you are no longer welcome. How does he feel about that?

Finally, I leave them with the Savior's words: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew)

KIRSTEN CRIPPEN, Kennewick

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