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)
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KIRSTEN CRIPPEN, Kennewick