Office Depot has refused to print a flyer critical of Planned Parenthood. (It’s Daily Caller link, so it’s like putting your screen in front of firehose of ads.)
Maria Goldstein, 42, of Illinois asked Office Depot on Aug. 20 to print 500 anti-Planned Parenthood fliers, but the employee refused. The flier had facts about Planned Parenthood from the organization’s annual report as well as a prayer calling for the “conversion” and “enlightenment” of those who support the organization.
“When I tell people they’re shocked because this is America,” Goldstein told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Office Depot is trying to silence my freedom of speech and my freedom of religion.”
I thoroughly disagree with Home Depot’s decision to do this.
However, as Office Depot a private business, I believe they are completely within their rights to refuse to do so. Just as a Christian bakery should have the right to refuse to bake a cake for a gay wedding. No one should have to forfeit their Constitutional Rights in order to open a business. (If you work for the Government like Kim Davis, however, that’s a different set of circumstances.)
Office Depot isn’t harming anyone by refusing to print this. Staples is a thing that exists. There are other private print shops who would be happy for the business.
And no one ever died because someone else wouldn’t bake them a wedding cake.
If you truly believe in liberty, you have to accept that sometimes people are going to make choices you disagree with. And unless their choices physically or economically harm someone else, they should be left alone to make them.
The alternative is tyranny.