I ran into an old friend at a local restaurant recently. After some idle discussion, she mentioned Arlene's Flowers. She apparently reads all letters to the Herald on this subject. I commented that I thought Barronelle Stutzman should be within her rights to refuse to participate in a ceremony that went sharply against her religious convictions.
My friend's reaction appalled me. Her specific comment was, "Oh please!" It was obvious that she thought Stutzman's position was "intolerant."
I understand Stutzman did not refuse to sell flowers to her long-time customer. Where she drew the line was in applying her creativity to enhance a ceremony she did not believe in. She was not uncivil. She simply refused to be involved in the ceremony itself.
There's a colossal paradox -- a monumental contradiction at work here. The gay community is saying, "If you show the slightest intolerance for our lifestyle, we will force you to change." Do you see it? They are saying "We do not tolerate the slightest degree of anyone's intolerance of us!" In that instant, they completely destroy their own argument about "tolerance." Tolerance means not imposing one's own views on others. It works both ways!
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GERALD WOODCOCK, Richland