Last month, Maria Goldstein tried to make copies of a flyer entitled “A Prayer for the Conversion of Planned Parenthood.” It contained facts about Planned Parenthood’s practices and included a prayer written by Rev. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. Staff at an Office Depot near Chicago refused to make the copies, due to the nature of the flier’s content. Goldstein said the episode left her feeling discriminated against.
Office Depot corporate officials initially stood by the decision. Company spokeswoman Karen Denning said Office Depot prohibits “the copying of any type of material that advocates any form of racial or religious discrimination or the persecution of certain groups of people.” Denning said Goldstein’s flier “contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights.”
After some noted outrage from conservative and pro-life activists, Office Depot Chairman and CEO Roland Smith issued a statement apologizing for the incident. “We sincerely apologize to Ms. Goldstein for her experience, and our initial reaction was not at all related to her religious beliefs,” Smith’s statement said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We invite her to return to Office Depot if she still wishes to print the flier.”
While the media and the liberal left expresses outrage over a baker refusing to provide a service because they disagree with a customer’s gay lifestyle, there has been little talk about a company refusing to provide a service because they disagree with a customer’s conservative politics.
Despite the apology, there is an issue that remains unresolved. There has been no assurances from Office Depot that this incident wouldn’t happen again. Those individuals at Office Depot responsible for this discrimination still have their jobs. That includes Karen Denning (pictured at left), who actually said a flier with a prayer persecuted abortion supporters. She can be contacted by email at Karen.Denning@officedepot.com.
Office Depot CEO Roland Smith should be pressed to make changes in the corporate structure and culture that ensures the equal treatment of people of faith. Smith does not have a public email address, but he can be reached by regular mail at this corporate address: Office Depot Inc., 6600 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33496.
Source: The Blaze