No religion, no flower delivery?

Lawsuit launched against several Rhode Island florists

Lawsuit launched against several Rhode Island florists

In January 2013, a lawsuit was launched because several florists in Rhode Island refused to deliver flowers to an atheist.


The event occurred in January 2012, when the group Freedom from Religion Foundation tried to have flowers delivered to student Jessica Ahlquist, but several flower shops refused the order.

The group ended up having to use an out-of-state florist to deliver the flowers.

Why?

Well probably because the group was sending her the flowers to celebrate her successful challenge to her school's use of a banner saying "Our heavenly father".

Words that, as Alter.net writer Laura Gottesdiener succinctly put it, "text that clearly violates the 1962 Supreme Court decision that prohibits mandatory religious prayer in public schools."

The case brings raises more than a few questions.

Why isn't it obvious and widely accepted that the idea of freedom of religion in America also include freedom from religion?

Why does it take a 16-year old student in 2010 to point out a problem that should have been obvious to school administrators back in 1962? Didn't school officials review their school property and activities to ensure that they complied with the ruling? Why were they in non-compliance for 48 years?

Why should anyone have to go out of state to find a florist who will deliver flowers when there are plenty of local florists?

Does FTD not require their member florists to deliver to any customer willing to pay?
If not, why not?

Does any business have the right to refuse to serve a client that does not share their views on religion?

Why is it necessary to have to launch a lawsuit in order to resolve what should be a basic issue?

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