- - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Demonstrating the wisdom of a modern-day King Solomon must either be a great gift or a great burden.

As Tammy Bruce correctly predicted, my knee-jerk reaction was to join the faceless, naysaying chorus. Then I realized that she is right (“Why the veto of Arizona’s religious-freedom bill is alarming,” Web, Feb. 28).

It is valid for Christians to act in accordance with their religious convictions, and we must respect such actions even when we disagree with them. Indeed, no one would force a Jewish organization to serve pork or a Muslim organization to produce images of the Prophet Muhammad.

Politicizing the issue by using the mechanisms of progressive government or the force of law to mandate some artificial, one-size-fits-all, politically correct, Orwellian utopia won’t work. That’s splitting the baby in half — nobody wins.

When two sets of competing values with equal validity exist, the marketplace should determine the results. Simply put, if you don’t like the vendor, take your business elsewhere. Nobody is harmed, and everyone’s needs are met.

No doubt King Solomon would approve. However, I suspect Ms. Bruce knew that already.

DAVID L. HUNTER

Germantown

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