When you hear the word “transparency,” what comes to mind? Maybe words like openness and honesty. But David French, Senior Writer for The National Review, shows how progressive activists, under the guise of “transparency,” are ruining the lives of many good Americans.
A lesbian couple, Nicole White and Pam Renouf, went to a jeweler’s store in Newfoundland for custom-made wedding rings.
White said, “They were great to work with. They seemed to have no issues. They knew the two of us were a same-sex couple. I referred some of my friends to them, just because I did get some good customer service and they had good prices.” CBC
No discrimination. Great Customer Service.
What is the issue? Fake diversity. Fake tolerance.
The co-owner, Esau Jardon, of the store posts signs about his beliefs. During Mother’s Day he posted a sign about families. It read: “The sanctity of marriage is under attack. Let’s keep marriage between a man and a woman.”
The lesbian couples friend took a picture of that sign, now the lesbian couple wants a refund for the custom-made rings they ordered. The store owners have received threats, hate messages, some want them to shut down their business, and they had to remove their Facebook page that promotes their business.
“I have been posting different aspects of my religious beliefs the last 11 years, and I’ve never had one single problem with any of my customers,” Jardon said…
“One of the reasons my family chose to come to Canada was the freedom of rights,” he said, noting the freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
“Nothing in that shop or in these posters is against the law… There’s nothing there that means to discriminate or to hate anybody else.”
“I feel really bad that [White] feels that we would in any way try to hurt or discriminate against her, but we will not retract from what we believe. I cannot say, ‘Well because you feel bad, I will stop believing what I believe,'” he said.
“When I walk on Church Street in Toronto, where I am right now, and I see [LGBT rainbow flags], and I see a lot of signs and a lot of things on public property, I don’t have a problem with them. I accept it. I chose to come to Canada… and we accept the whole package… I don’t discriminate against that, nor do I come and tell them to take them down. For the same reason, I ask to have the same respect in return, especially when it’s in my own business.”
Initially Jardon refused a refund on principle so he wouldn’t be seen as apologizing for his beliefs. He did the work they requested. They were happy with the work. There is no reason for a refund. After the threats and harassment, Jardon decided to issue a refund.
This isn’t about same sex marriage, it’s about people punishing those with whom they disagree. About demanding what our thoughts and opinions must be or else. The loss of freedom of thought and opinion.