Jim Rabideau (Letters, Aug. 19) quotes the Bible to support the position of the Washington State Attorney General and the ACLU in their actions against Arlene's Flowers. But he misses the mark on two points.
First, the quote "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's" is from Jesus, not from the Apostle Paul.
More importantly, the letter misses the point of Jesus' statement. He was not saying that the government trumps God's rule. He was simply saying that in areas where the government has authority, we should support that authority, and where God has authority, we should support that authority.
A more appropriate passage for the situation where the authority of God and the authority of the government conflict would be when the Apostle Peter was commanded by the authorities to stop preaching in the name of Jesus. His response was, "We must obey God rather than men." Clearly, when authorities try to force us to do what we believe to be against God's teaching, God expects us to obey Him, not the earthly leaders.
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When the founders of our nation wrote the Declaration of Independence, they recognized this. Even though they were subjects of the King of England, when God's law conflicted with the king's rule, they recognized that they had a higher obligation.
If our government now insists on compelling citizens to take actions that violate their consciences, then we are headed for deep trouble.
LEWIS LOMMERS, Kennewickx