This week a woman said she feels like Office Depot “discriminated against” her after they refused to make copies of her pro-life prayer she ordered back in August.
Maria Goldstein, 42, says she ordered 500 copies of “A Prayer for the Conversion of Planned Parenthood” from a Chicago-based Office Depot. She had plans to distribute these at her church the following Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Rev. Frank Pavone is the author of the pro-life prayer, and its focus is on Planned Parenthood.
But Office Depot refused to make the copies for Goldstein.
Wait. You mean to tell me that a national chain can refuse to service a Christian, but a Christian cannot refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples — or bake a cake for a same-sex wedding? Do you see what’s going on in this country? We’re being forced to live in a society that is obviously against the Christian faith.Am I wrong here? As reported in The Blaze:
A spokeswoman for the retail giant, Karen Denning, told the Chicago Tribune company policy prohibits “the copying of any type of material that advocates any form of racial or religious discrimination or the persecution of certain groups of people. It also prohibits copying any type of copyrighted material.”
“The flier contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights,” Denning reportedly added.
Goldstein, however, said the material wasn’t meant to persecute anyone, but instead change hearts.
“The intention of the prayer is to ask for conversion,” Goldstein told the Chicago Tribune. “The conversion of the staff, employees, everybody who is part of this at Planned Parenthood. It means they will recognize life has dignity and that it is valuable and not a commodity to be bought and sold.”
Sounds appropriate to me. Goldstein, understandably, said she felt “discriminated against.”
I have to wonder if we need to start making a list of left-leaning stores and encouraging our friends and family not to patronize them. Another store filled Goldstein’s order, and she now has an attorney asking Office Depot to reconsider its policy.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the lawyer said if Office Depot didn’t respond within five days, he would file a complaint with the Illinois Dept. of Human Rights and Cook County Human Rights Commission.
Goldstein is reported to have said, “The best resolution would be that they would say ‘This was unjust. You were discriminated against because of your religion’ and then admit this was wrong.”
“I’d appreciate them printing the flier. The statistics are still valid and the prayer is still valid.”
Turns out, Office Depot did come around on this, reversing its ban. As reported by WND:
Office Depot has reversed its ban on one of its stores making copies of a pro-life flyer for an Illinois woman who had complained she was turned away because of the Christian element, the company told WND in an email on Friday.
In a statement emailed from Karen Denning, a spokeswoman for Office Depot’s headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida, she said the company “has contacted Ms. Goldstein’s representative to explain that the store associate’s decision to decline a print order was in no way based on religious beliefs, but on the fact that it contained certain words and phrases that could be construed as graphic or advocates the persecution of groups of people, which is a violation of the company’s copy and print policy.”
However, she said, “Upon a more detailed review, we have determined that the content of Ms. Goldstein’s flyer is not a clear violation of the company’s policy.”
The statement included an invitation from company CEO Roland Smith to Maria Goldstein to return to have her work completed.
So the company has now backtracked, but is it too little too late? Why did this Christian have to hire an attorney just to get a simple flyer printed? Maybe she should get damages like the same-sex couple in Oregon who were refused a wedding cake by one bakery.
When we have to fight over a simple matter of what’s printed on a piece of paper, things have really gotten bad for this republic. This is just another case of our culture, led by our progressive left government, making it harder for Christians to simply live their faith. The problem here is that it seems immorality, in all of its forms, is becoming protected in this country. We can kill our unborn and sell their parts, make “real” girls have to share bathrooms with boys that simply wish they were a girl, and sanction the investigation of cops simply for doing their jobs.
And yet a Christian who wants a prayer flyer printed can’t be tolerated.
[Note: This article was written by Earl Hall]