Racism in the Tri-Cities? When I bought my first home, in a West Richland neighborhood, its covenants dictated that ownership was limited to members of the Caucasian race. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 stepped on this local preference.
Today, we have Baronnelle Stutzman (Arlene's Flowers) paradoxically claiming it is her "religious right" to discriminate against our gay family members. She would be among the first to claim that marriage is a sacred rite, filled with religious meaning, yet her actions disavow that right to religious communities celebrating same-sex weddings.
How ironic, yet typical of a certain stripe of "patriot" in this country, to claim civil benefits for themselves but deny them to others.
SB 5927 would protect "local preferences," allowing discrimination solely on the basis of "strongly held religious beliefs." It doesn't take much imagination to see how large this loophole is.
It is wrong to give privilege to religious belief, because it is, by social convention, immune from rational argument. You may claim to actually be eating the body of Christ on Sunday, and no one can refute you. Please act to preserve civil rights for all, not religious privilege. Support our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender family members!
IVAR HUSA. Richland