In order to further Pasco’s economic growth and preserve the dignity of the Tri-City community, the Pasco City Council should oppose the religious freedom resolution. (“Pasco considers religious freedom resolution for Arlene’s Flowers case,” TCH, Nov. 16).
The freedom of an individual to practice their religion is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. That freedom is indisputable. However, a consumer should not be turned away from a business due to the beliefs of an individual acting as an agent of that business. This would be an act of outright discrimination.
This resolution drives a wedge into an already divided community. The values espoused in this resolution only serve to cut off consumers from businesses. Stores, restaurants, or even landlords would be emboldened to turn away individuals and families for their “undesirable” qualities. It is hard to see what good this would do for the Tri-Cities.
This resolution would be a stain on Pasco’s reputation, stunting economic development. Its regressive posture puts forth the perception that Pasco is not for everyone, driving away businesses looking to set up shop in Pasco.
Please support the well-being of your community by opposing the religious freedom resolution.
Martin McBriarty, Richland