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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Printing Shop Horrors:


A Kentucky printing/embroidery shop (who identify themselves as Christian) is under fire for declining to print a gay pride T-shirt. From TheNewAmerican.com:

A T-shirt company in Lexington, Kentucky, is facing the wrath of a local homosexual activist contingent after the business politely passed on producing T-shirts for the city’s “gay pride” festival. On March 26, Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) filed a discrimination complaint against the family-owned company, Hands On Originals, alleging that the firm had bid on producing the shirts, but when it was selected its owners changed their minds, explaining that their Christian values made them unable to fill the order for the “gay”-themed apparel.

“This wouldn’t be acceptable to do to a black group,” Paul Brown, chairman of Lexington’s Pride Festival, told the community’s local NBC news affiliate. “This wouldn’t be acceptable to do to a Jewish group, and because of the fairness ordinance it’s unacceptable to do it to a gay group.”

The official discrimination complaint filed with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission reads: “On or about March 8, 2012, members of the GLSO were told that our Pride Festival t-shirt printing quote would not be honored due to the fact that the t-shirt company is a Christian organization. We were told that our t-shirts would not be printed. We believe that we have been discriminated against in violation of Local Ordinance 201-99, based on sexual orientation.”

Kent Ostrander, executive director of the Family Foundation of Kentucky, explained that the owners of Hands On Originals were not immediately aware that they were bidding on a project that violated their values. What they told the homosexual group “in a very kind way was, ‘This is against our conscience. We don’t want to be a part of the gay-pride parade.’” Ostrander added that the business owners had located another T-shirt business that would honor their low quote, so no one was harmed.

As the result of this, a number of things occurred:
  • A complaint was filed with the Lexington human rights commission;
  • 60 homosexual activists picketed the business;
  • The Lexington School District has stopped purchasing from the business;
  • The City of Lexington and University of Kentucky are considering pulling business;
  • Lexington Mayor Jim Gray publicly stated "people don't have patience for this sort of attitude today";
  • Local comments have indicated they simply want to bankrupt or eliminate the business wholesale;
  • One group is trying to buy the company's mortgage for the purpose of evicting them;
So there you have it: the peace, understanding and kind tolerance of today's Leftists.

Kind of reminds me a tad bit of my last post.

Continuing:
Focus on the Family president Jim Daly has warned of the danger of labeling an individual, group, or business as hateful and intolerant just because “they think differently about some issues than you do. Believing what the Bible says about human sexuality is a personal conviction, not an act of persecution.” But homosexual activists have made it clear that their intent is to damage and destroy those who insist on taking a firm stand against efforts to normalize homosexual behavior and force it upon the culture at large.

Because here is how the transition regarding homosexuality has progressed:
  • From Tolerance;
  • To Acceptance;
  • To ADVOCACY
Meaning, now, that if you aren't an absolute ADVOCATE for homosexuality and the LGBTQ minions (that last initial now means "Questioning"), you are unalterably homophobic and subject to excoriation, suit and possible criminal prosecution.

That is where this is leading in our country: to criminal prosecution.

With this one notation: why is it then, perhaps, that Mr Obama -- for example -- hasn't come out clearly and unequivocally FOR homosexual marriage?

Because the bulk of voting blacks in this country do not condone homosexuality. Plain and simple. See the The Atlantic article by Josh Kraushaar here. Mr Obama needs the votes. There are more black than homosexual voters. Numbers. And race. Mr Obama is black. And Victimhood. Apparently blacks still trump homosexuals in the loving consideration of Mr Obama. Take the back of the Obama Leftist Bus, homosexuals.

But moreover, let's do what I call the "Logical Extension," shall we? How about a bit of substitution? Let's swap the shop owners' religion of Christianity with that of Islam.

They are now Muslim business owners.

Do you think the City of Lexington and gay advocates would have a bit of a go with that business?

You and I both know the answer: not just no, but hell no. GOWPs won't touch Islam in this country and, further, they have in the backs of their minds (And they will never, NEVER admit it!): those crazy fuckers could come back at me, you, us, and try to kill us. Fear on many levels has now entered into the equation. A "racist" and "judgmental" fear, as they would quantify.

Which is why I just step back and let Bill Maher speak for the situation now, from his OpEd article in the New York Times:
If it weren’t for throwing conniption fits, we wouldn’t get any exercise at all.

I have a better idea. Let’s have an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let’s make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize.

If that doesn’t work, what about this: If you see or hear something you don’t like in the media, just go on with your life. Turn the page or flip the dial or pick up your roll of quarters and leave the booth.

I don’t want to live in a country where no one ever says anything that offends anyone. That’s why we have Canada.

Now apply Mr Maher to this situation. The gay union didn't have a T-shirt printed by one business. No one was hurt. No one got a nosebleed. No one's ass was kicked.

Yet, that's how far we've sunk from tolerance to ADVOCACY.

BZ

13 Comments:

Blogger Z said...

Bill Maher just wants more free speech so he can swear and slam Christians even more than he has before!

Any shop ought to be able to print anything they damned well please..and nothing more.

And yes, were they muslims, the gay groups wouldn't have even ASKED.

We are SO losing it in this country.

Hey, BZ, remember I used to whine that I couldn't back out of your sight and always had to close the window? It's working really well lately, no more trouble.. just so's you know. It used to drive me NUTS trying and trying to click on the back arrow and nothing happening till I had to close the whole window!

Wed Apr 04, 07:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Z: okay, well, glad it's working out for you. Blogger just forced me to upgrade my dashboard and stuff. Maybe that was it.

BZ

Wed Apr 04, 10:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ∞ ≠ ø said...

Huge error. Not knowing the nature of the image to be printed and bidding on the contract is really dumb. They should have fired the blind bidder, printed the damn shirts and lived to fight another day. Now their company is screwed.

Related reading here:

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/fischer/080515

Thu Apr 05, 08:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Average American said...

Oh how I long for the days of yore when they hid in the closet. They didn't get beaten up and the rest of us weren't slapped with foolish lawsuits. I'd call that a win-win situation.

Thu Apr 05, 03:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

∞ ≠ ø is right, a BLIND BID is a pig in a poke... People never investigate anything any more, they hit *accept* and just go along with the results..

Thu Apr 05, 03:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Yep, pretty F'ing disgusting... sigh

Thu Apr 05, 03:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ron Russell said...

Seems like when you crack the door all the nutcases flood in. I've seen this time and time again in my many years. "Give an inch and .....mile!"

Thu Apr 05, 10:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger sdkar said...

If he changes his printing shop's name to "Muhommed's Sharia Printing Shop" and under it print..."Death to infidels, adulterers, and homos". His shop would grow. It would get all the govt contracts, plus every special interest groups printing needs, and he could charge double, they would gladly pay it, and say how brave he is to have a minority owned cultural business in an evil white man's christian world. Maybe given a nobel peace prize on top of it.

Thu Apr 05, 11:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Right Truth said...

The Muslim angle is a very interesting one, and we know exactly how that would go as you point out.

A private business no longer has the right apparently to choose who they will do business with. What a shame.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Fri Apr 06, 09:01:00 AM PDT  
Blogger C M said...

This is not a 'conservative' blog, but an uneducated, regressive blog. It's level of stupidity would be humourous exceptfor the idiots who believe this fallacy laden garbage. Stupid is as stupid does.

Sat Apr 07, 07:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Average American said...

There's the village idiot weighing in. No blog, no "about me" info, and no fu@@@@@ clue!

Sun Apr 08, 03:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

CM: and, ma'am, what an incredibly STELLAR job you've done on convincing us all, with clarity, with FACTS, with incontrovertible evidence that this is true.

Okay! You win! I give! Your logic and factual backup has done us ALL in. I guess, folks, I am NOT a Conservative!

Thanks, CM, for the comic relief!

BZ

Sun Apr 08, 12:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Catherine Moore-Barry said...

Wow... I never thought I'd see a Bill Maher comment that made sense... you blew my mind. And yes, you are correct... the outrage vanishes like a fart in the wind if Muslims refuse to do business with gays, etc.

C M with a space... You just proved your last sentence true. Now post some facts that demonstrate that BZ posts "fallacy laden garbage". What a joke you are. LOL!!!

Sun Apr 08, 01:32:00 PM PDT  

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