In another place, at another time, Moses, speaking for God, told a repressive government that refused to allow the Hebrew people to worship their God in truth, action and conscience, "Let my people go so they can worship me." (Ex. 9:1 NIV)
I speak only as a concerned citizen, a retired pastor and a Christian brother to the Stormans family, "Please, Mr. Attorney General, let God's people go."
Please do not drag them through yet another court and ultimately to the Supreme Court in order to suppress their religious objection to selling "Plan B," or what they and many believe to be "The Abortion Pill" in their pharmacy.
You and the state have said they must violate their conscience and religious beliefs and sell the pills in order "to provide timely access to medicines for people who need them."
Judge Leighton has ruled that in fact, "The state's true goal was to suppress religious objection by druggists---not promote timely access."
The Stormans have been publicly tried for their religious beliefs and the right to practice them in their own pharmacy. The personal cost to the Stormans family is nearly $500,000, stress and humiliation.
The Governor, Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Seattle Times editorial board are all urging that, "The state should appeal" and take it all the way if necessary.
Please don't do it.
However, should you yield to these forceful voices and continue to litigate against the Stormans family, please look up to the top of the eastern pediment of the US Supreme Court Building as you enter. You will note that Herman A. McNeil has carved the likeness of Moses in the center of the pediment.
Please know that he will likely be looking down on the proceedings---and so will a lot of people of faith and conscience in Washington State.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.