Office Depot is in some hot water this week after refused service to a Christian woman.
It all started when Maria Goldstein, 42, ordered 500 copies of an anti-Planned Parenthood handout related to abortion from an Office Depot in Schaumburg, Illinois. According to Mad World News, the handout was called “A Prayer for the Conversion of Planned Parenthood,” and Goldstein had planned to use it at her Roman Catholic parish’s Masses on Sunday.
Unfortunately, Office Depot refused to print the handout for Goldstein, saying it advocated for the persecution of people who support abortion rights.
The prayer on the handout asked God to “Bring an end to the killing of children in the womb, and bring an end to the sale of their body parts. Bring conversion to all who do this, and enlightenment to all who advocate it.” It also included statistics on abortion in the U.S., and how Planned Parenthood is cashing in on it.
Yeah, Office Depot, this handout sounds VERY “offensive…”
Karen Denning, a spokeswoman for Office Depot, said that the pamphlet violated their corporate policy because they do not participate in, “the copying of any type of material that advocates any form of racial or religious discrimination or the persecution of certain groups of people.”
Goldstein, however, has accused Office Depot of discriminating against her for being Christian.
“The intention of the prayer is to ask for conversion,” Goldstein said. “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.”
After receiving tons of backlash, Office Depot told Goldstein she could use their printers after all, but she still felt that her first amendment right had been violated. After she launched a lawsuit against the store, Office Depot came out with a public apology to Goldstein.
“We sincerely apologize to Ms. Goldstein for her experience and our initial reaction was not at all related to her religious beliefs,” they said. “We invite her to return to Office Depot if she still wishes to print the flier.”
Goldstein’s attorney, Thomas Olp, then released a statement of his own.
“We are grateful that Office Depot has apologized for discriminating against Maria Goldstein based on the content of her religious, pro-life flyers, this situation is a reminder that religious liberty is increasingly under attack today, but it is a fundamental American right that every one of us should value and defend,” he said.
Sadly for Office Depot, their apology came a little too late. Now, conservatives are calling for a nationwide boycott of Office Depot to pay them pack for persecuting Christians.
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