Paging the ‘tolerant’ lefties.
It was bound to happen.
Sooner or later, some Christian, somewhere, was bound to face a refusal of service by someone who was not comfortable fulfilling their order for something. And now it has happened, over the printing of a religious flier.
Maria Goldstein went online to Office Depot, and ordered the printing of a number of flyers listing “Quick Facts about Planned Parenthood” (pdf), and a prayer for the conversion of all connected to that organization, written by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life
According to this letter to Office Depot, written by The Thomas More Society, an employee of Office Depot informed Ms. Goldstein that her flyer would not be printed, as its content was “restricted by corporate policy.” A representative from the Office of the Chairman, confirmed it, saying, “if it makes employees feel uncomfortable they don’t have to print something,” and adding that the company was still formulating a policy for situations such as this.
Does this sound familiar? Once upon a time, a Christian baker refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, and in the midst of the ensuing high drama and media fixation, some sensible people said, “why didn’t the couple just leave the man to his conscience, and go find another baker? Plenty of bakers will bake their cake.”
The Thomas More Society is arguing that by refusing to print these religious flyers, Office Depot is violating Ms. Goldstein’s human rights.
Because printed flyers, like wedding cakes, are basic human rights now, and don’t you forget it.
This really is the Great Wedding Cake Debacle in reverse, and as with that story, the issue of racial discrimination is being used to make the plaintiff’s point. The attorneys did not make a full-throated “Jim Crow” accusation, but after taking great pains to spell out what is meant by “public accommodation”, “discrimination” and “religion” their letter hints that they might, if pushed: “…your employees refused to say why they were “uncomfortable” with printing the flyer, but its thoroughly religious nature, coupled with their reluctance to disclose why they wouldn’t print it, unmistakably suggests an invidious reason. We suggest that you consider what your position would be if our client were black and your employees refused service because of her race.”
Fortunately for Office Depot, Ms. Goldstein is not currently suing for damages; all she wants is a written document stating the company’s willingness to print her flyer, after she updates it.
Thank goodness. Ms. Goldstein is demonstrating that even while perhaps understandably aggravated, she can be reasonable. You know what would be even more reasonable? Going to another printer, preferably some small business happy to get the work.
Look, the loss of religious freedom is a serious issue, and in an increasingly secular age, one wherein a New York Times columnist can feel noble for suggesting that the practice of religion is fine, as long as it is kept indoors, and away from the public square, people of faith should be on their guard, and fight for their fundamental right to exercise their religion freely. Following one’s conscience ought not lead, for instance, to the loss of one’s business and livelihood, but that has happened, and some people have called it a good thing.
……a Christian baker has no choice but to bake a cake, and conscience be damned.
I’m agnostic and even I can clearly see that Christians are persecuted and discriminated against in America. They’re the new whipping post for cultural fascists. The LGBT militant fruitcakes don’t want to find another bakery. Harassing people for simply refusing to go along with their personal lives, feeds their agenda. The gaystapo/cultural fascists send death threats to Christians and people who disagree with them, because under the current trend, they can get away with it. Heterosexuals who try to order their own customized cakes from gay owned bakeries are met with expletive-laden tirades. So much for tolerance.
Like I said, the fucking sissies don’t have the guts to try that shit with a muslim bakery.