Dear Mayor Meadows:
The beautiful thing about the United States is that every person is ensured the same rights, including the freedoms of religion and speech. These freedoms safeguard our right to live and work in accordance to our personal convictions. No one should be forced to abandon their beliefs as a requirement of doing business.
Yet that is exactly what East Lansing attempted to do when you banned Steve Tennes, owner of Country Mill Farms, from the East Lansing Farmer’s Market - in spite of the fact that Tennes happily sold his produce to anyone no matter their race, religion, or sexual orientation. As Steve Tennes so aptly stated: “Whether you are a Jew, Muslim or Christian – people of faith should not be eradicated from the marketplace simply because they don’t share the same thoughts and ideas that the government is choosing to promote.”
I urge you to rescind your coercive policy and embrace true tolerance – even for those who hold an opinion with which you disagree.