OfficeMax can conscientiously object, but Christians can’t?
From coast to coast, people of faith who own businesses are being forced to choose between servicing and participating in same-sex weddings or facing massive fines and loss of business. But, apparently, OfficeMax can conscientiously object to participating in events championing traditional marriage.
Recently, an anti-same-sex marriage group asked OfficeMax to print posters for their event. The posters would have stated a message opposed to same-sex marriage. OfficeMax refused.
There is a complete double standard in this country. If a company wants to refuse to service a group championing traditional marriage, the culture says, ‘how brave!’ If a small business owner politely declines to bake a cake for a gay wedding, the culture says, ‘we’ll shut you down for discrimination.’
This must end. Please sign a petition to OfficeMax pointing out this double standard and asking them to either print the posters or stand up for the rights of Christians to conscientiously object to participating in same-sex wedding ceremonies.
Here’s what happened. Rob Pue asked the Marshfield Wisconsin OfficeMax to print posters for an event titled, “The Homosexual Agenda Exposed.” An employee told him his posters would be printed by 10 am the next day. However, the next day Pue received an email from the store manager saying they would not print the posters because the company prohibited the contents of the poster.
“If Christian bakers, photographers, florists, etc. are not allowed to refuse service, neither is OfficeMax,” said Pue.
Consider Jack Phillips.
Jack Phillips is a Christian baker in Colorado who has been fined, harassed and defamed for his Christian conviction. He creates magnificent cakes that can only accurately be described as works of art. He declined to create a cake for a gay wedding ceremony because, as a Christian, he believes that marriage is only between one man and one woman. He was found guilty of discrimination by the state court in Colorado. The Supreme Court is hearing his case in June.
Philips isn’t alone. Across the country, Christian business owners are being told by courts and the culture to participate in celebrating same-sex marriages or else. Basically, a Christian business owner cannot conscientiously object to same-sex marriage and continue to operate their store. Jack Phillips is a man of integrity and will not violate his faith -but as a result, he is no longer about to create wedding cakes. It should be noted that Jack Phillips, and many others, have refused to give into the culture and have paid a very heavy price.
This is simply religious expression –which is protected by the United States Constitution. It is unbelievable that we live in an age where Jack could be so strongly persecuted for his sincere religious convictions. However, no one seems too upset that OfficeMax could refuse service to a Christian group trying to promote an event opposed to same-sex marriage.
Let’s stand up to OfficeMax and oppose the double standard. Either they come out publically in support of Christians like Jack Philips, or they agree to print the posters for Rob Pue. They can’t have it both ways.
Please sign this petition to OfficeMax now.
Sign this petition now!