Jeebus loves homophobes, Barronelle Stutzman.
We note with a jaundiced eye that Barronelle Stuzman, the latest (Washington state) florist to come afoul of the Lavender Menace has been found guilty of discrimination. But what makes this case so damning, is that she was offered to settle:
“Before this case began, my office wrote to Ms. Stutzman, asking her to comply with state law,” said [Washington state Attorney General Bob ] Ferguson. “Had she agreed to no longer discriminate, my office would not have filed suit, and Ms. Stutzman would not have paid any costs, fees or penalties.”
But of course we have the martyr complex. Say it with me, Scissorheads: “Get off the cross, we need the wood.”
So for your amusement, here’s the full stupid:
￼Attorney General Bob Ferguson 1125 Washington St. SE
P.O. Box 40100
Olympia, WA 98504
Re: State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers and Barronelle Stutzman
Dear Mr. Ferguson,
Thank you for reaching out and making an offer to settle your case against me.
As you may imagine, it has been mentally and emotionally exhausting to be at the center of this controversy for nearly two years. I never imagined that using my God-given talents and abilities, and doing what I love to do for over three decades, would become illegal. Our state would be a better place if we respected each other’s differences, and our leaders protected the freedom to have those differences. Since 2012, same-sex couples all over the state have been free to act on their beliefs about marriage, but because I follow the Bible’s teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, I am no longer free to act on my beliefs.
Your offer reveals that you don’t really understand me or what this conflict is all about. It’s about freedom, not money. I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honor God in doing what I do best is more important. Washington’s constitution guarantees us “freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.” I cannot sell that precious freedom. You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do.
I pray that you reconsider your position. I kindly served Rob for nearly a decade and would gladly continue to do so. I truly want the best for my friend. I’ve also employed and served many members of the LGBT community, and I will continue to do so regardless of what happens with this case. You chose to attack my faith and pursue this not simply as a matter of law, but to threaten my very means of working, eating, and having a home. If you are serious about clarifying the law, then I urge you to drop your claims against my home, business, and other assets and pursue the legal claims through the appeal process. Thanks again for writing and I hope you will consider my offer.
Sincerely, Barronelle Stutzman
Phone: (TG – REDACTED, don’t want to tempt anyone to call her)
So… the plaintifs (the gay couple) orignally sued for the cost of gasoline to go find another florists ($7.97), the State offered a deal that would cost nothing, she lost the case and was fined $2000 + $1 court fee, and now she’s going win-lose with everything.
It’s like that joke about the guy sitting on his roof during a flood waiting for God to save him, not understanding that God sent the wood, the boat, and helicopter. But you know, 30 pieces of silver to have her pride left intact and 15 minutes of Fox Fame trumps it all.
- The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
- Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.