Office Depot in Illinois Accused of Refusing to Print Christian Anti-Planned Parenthood Flyer

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Office Depot is being accused of refusing to print a flyer for an Illinois woman because of its Christian content.

“We suggest that you consider what your position would be if our client were black and your employees refused service because of her race,” said a letter to Office Depot Chairman Roland C. Smith from Thomas Olp of the Thomas More Society, which is representing the woman.

“In that case it would not be hard to see how unreasonable that refusal of service would be. The public accommodation laws do not give any greater leeway for refusal of service when a customer’s religious expression motivates the refusal. … Our laws welcome religion and religious expression, treat it fairly and equally, and do not permit its marginalization or silencing.”

Multiple WND telephone calls and emails to Office Depot headquarters were not returned.

Thomas More said the dispute arose when Maria Goldstein placed an order last month for a print job at the Office Depot in Schaumburg, Illinois.

It included details of videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s baby body-parts trade.

She was told, however, by an Office Depot employee that the printing of her flyer was “restricted by corporate policy” and that her order would not be filled.

When she contacted the office of the chairman multiple times to discuss the company’s refusal to fill her order, staffer Diane Demma defended the refusal and offered no alternatives, the letter said.

“Office Depot is discriminating against me based on my religion,” Goldstein said in a statement released by her lawyers. “If the store can pick and choose what orders it fills based on religious content, it is refusing to treat people of faith equally. In America where we value freedom of religion, this is simply unacceptable.”

Olp told WND the company has not responded to him. An Office Depot representative told the local newspaper that the prayer advocated “persecution” of people who support Planned Parenthood.

He said if there is an employee with some sort of religious objection to the Christian statements, the company should accommodate that employee and find someone else to do the print job.

“That’s the enlightened way of doing things,” he said.

The flyer she had prepared noted that during fiscal year 2013-2014 “Planned Parenthood received more than $1,400,000 per day in the form of government grants, contracts and Medicaid reimbursements.”

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SOURCE: BOB UNRUH
WND

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