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Lawsuit: Office Depot refused Christian print job

Lawsuit: Office Depot refused Christian print job

By Bob Unruh for WND

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.

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