This is in response to the article in the Herald on April 9 about the state Attorney General suing Arlene's Flower Shop in Richland
I believe that every individual and business has the right to follow their religious beliefs. The Bible tells us, as Christians, homosexuality is a sin. As Christians, we should not enter into a business dealing that we believe in our heart is a sin.
I am not telling anyone how to lead his or her life, but only how a Christian must. What you believe is between you and your God. Or you may have no beliefs. Our government -- state, federal or local -- does not have the right to dictate our beliefs.
The First Amendment to the Constitution provides that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
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I am sure many individuals and organizations will disagree with my beliefs. That is their right. However, allow Christians the same rights that you wish to have -- "Freedom of choice."
We have the right to conduct a business according to our own standards. I support the owner of Arlene's Flower Shop in the decision she has made.
CARL SHEPHERD, Richland