This Christian t-shirt business in Lexington, Kentucky is in hot water with the local civil rights commissioner for refusing to print a shirt that advertised for a gay pride parade.
The business is called Hands On Originals, and if you visit their website, it states right underneath their name that their “Christian outfitters.” Moreover, in their terms section, it states the following:
“Right to Refusal
Hands On Originals both employs and conducts business with people of all genders, races, religions, sexual preferences, and national origins. However, due to the promotional nature of our products, it is the prerogative of Hands On Originals to refuse any order that would endorse positions that conflict with the convictions of the ownership.”
This is not the first time this business has turned down orders from their customers. This is just the first time someone’s complained about it. And it’s no surprise that their first complaint of this nature is coming from someone in the homosexual community. The Blaze reported:
Greg Munson of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission announced last Tuesday that Hands on Originals, a T-shirt company based in Lexington, Kentucky, discriminated against the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington when it refused to print the shirts.
As TheBlaze previously reported, the gay rights group filed a complaint against Hands on Originals back in March 2012, alleging that it had been discriminated against due to sexual orientation.
Company owner Blaine Adamson has since argued that Hands on Originals is a Christian business and that the views espoused by the T-shirt — which advertised a gay pride festival — violated his religious beliefs.
“Blaine’s position is that he can’t print something if it conflicts with religious convictions,” Campbell [attorney representing t-shirt business] said. “Over the two years leading up to this case, Hands on Originals had denied at least 13 orders all for the reason [that] they didn’t want to print and convey the message they were being asked to convey.”
He said that one of these orders was actually from a Christian organization — a T-shirt that had a blood design on it; Adamson felt that it was too racy, so he declined it.
Yep, he even declined an offer from a Christian organization. And guess what? They didn’t go running to the civil rights commission crying about discrimination. I’m sure they were a bit frustrated, but that’s life. Life is rough, and we all have to deal with it sometimes.
I’m sure that particular Christian organization found another business to do what they wanted. The government hasn’t completely taken over the t-shirt industry just yet, which means people still have options and are free to choose from plethora of businesses.
The owner of Hands On Originals even referred the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization to another business that would’ve printed the shirts for the same price. But this group of homosexuals wasn’t interested in getting their shirts printed for a good deal. They got their feelings hurt, and so they wanted revenge. They want to bring this business down.
So far, the local commissioner is trying to force at least the owner of the business to take “diversity training” over the next 12 months.