Maria Goldstein, a Roman Catholic, asked employees at an Office Depot location in Schaumburg, Ill., to make 500 copies of “A Prayer for Planned Parenthood”, the Associated Press reported. The prayer was composed by the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of the anti-abortion group Priest for Life. It calls on 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.”
The prayer also includes statistics about abortion in the U.S. and decries “the evil that has been exposed in Planned Parenthood and in the entire abortion industry.”
Company spokeswoman Karen Denning tells the Chicago Tribune that Office Depot prohibits the copying of material that advocates “the persecution of certain groups of people,” among other criteria. She says the flier “contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights.”
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Expect traditional orthodox positions on abortion and homosexuality to increasingly be viewed as hate crimes. Once that mindset is firmly established within the culture, the real persecution of Christians who choose not to remain silent and shine the light of Biblical truth, will set in.
UPDATE: Office Depot has apologized. See here.
“We are grateful that Office Depot has apologized for discriminating against Maria Goldstein based on the content of her religious, pro-life flyers,” said Olp in a statement in response to Office Depot’s apology. “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.”
“Thanks to the help of the Thomas More Society, I was able to stand up for my rights as a Christian, and I hope other people are empowered to stand up for their religious freedom, as well,” said Goldstein. “I am grateful that God has used this situation to unite countless people in prayer for the conversion of Planned Parenthood.”