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July 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Florist should follow law, compassion, not religious doctrine
Everyone is aware of the florist who refused to serve a same-sex couple because of her relationship with Jesus Christ. [“Florist seeks fourth recusal,” NW Friday, June 28.]
I fail to see the connection. Tina Turner has a song, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” and so I say, “What’s Jesus Christ Got to Do with It?”
I am a heterosexual male, so I have no dog in this fight. I simply try to maintain an open mind and be tolerant, compassionate and loving to people of all walks of life — just as Jesus of Nazareth did in his times as an example for all of us.
The law of the land here is the Constitution, not a religious text of one faith.
David Gooding, Normandy Park
July 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Florist’s right to choose should be protected
I am writing this letter in regards to the story about the gay couple who was turned away from their favorite florist due to religious beliefs. [“Florist seeks fourth recusal,” NW Friday, June 28.]
What is this country turning into? Yes, what this business has chosen as its morals is not the popular ideals of our ever-changing country, but it is their freedom of choice to do so.
Limitations on choice seems to be the answer for the people of today, people who think it’s their business to find what is wrong with society and pass laws to “fix” the problems. We pay Superior Court judges $148,832 each year in the state of Washington. That is how much we are paying each of these government employees to tell us if what this florist has chosen to do was legally right or wrong.
What would have been a better choice? Perhaps what the couple did do: tell their family and friends, maybe write a review of the business. From reading the story, you can see a huge show of support for the couple. I’m sure one of the many other florists in the area would welcome the couple’s business.
Choice is what defines a person; choosing right or wrong, good or bad, soda or water. What will we become as a country when we take choice out of the equation, if we reach a fork and continue down the path chosen for us by those long dead and gone?
Mickey Myers, Anacortes
April 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM
Sexual preference doesn’t mean age preference
Presumably, the Boy Scouts of America’s concern is that a gay adult male scout leader might have sexual relations with the boys [“Boy Scouts might accept gay youth, but not adults,” News, April 20].Most of us are (hopefully) aware that being heterosexual or homosexual has nothing to do with whether someone is attracted to those under the age of consent, i.e., pedophilia. And because pedophiles are attracted to “youth” and not necessarily a particular gender, whether a scout master is gay or straight seems immaterial.
However, a homosexual (or bisexual) boy may very possibly be attracted to other boys in the troop, so don’t the Scouts have it backward?
Tom Foster, Mill Creek
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