This may have happened in Canada, but expect to see these types of stories pop up here in the States in the coming months and years.
A Christian man named Esau Jardon runs a jewelry business in Toronto. A lesbian couple, Nicole White and Pam Renouf, came in looking for engagement rings. Despite the jeweler’s beliefs, he treated them as he did every other customer he had. He was kind, polite, and he gave them the jewelry they were looking for. The couple were so satisfied with the service, the products, and the prices that they recommended the jeweler to their friends.
When one of their friends entered the business looking for a ring for his girlfriend, he noticed a sign posted in the store. It read: “The sanctity of marriage is under attack. Let’s keep marriage between a man and a woman.” The friend asked his lesbian friends who had recommended the place to him if this was the actual place they recommended. They said that it was, and the friend told them that the business was “anti-gay.” The lesbian couple didn’t know about the sign that was posted. But that’s all they needed to know in order to be enraged enough to go back to the store and demand a refund.
Keep in mind that they weren’t dissatisfied with the service, their rings, or the prices. In fact, they were so happy with those things that they recommended the business to others. But because they found out the owner’s beliefs, they demanded a refund.
Initially, the owner did not agree to refund the money, because he didn’t see any real reason to. His beliefs about marriage had nothing to do with the service he provided them. His beliefs had nothing to do with the jewelry he prepared for them, nor the prices he negotiated.
But after being bullied and threatened online by outraged people, he relented and gave the couple their money back. CBC and The American Conservative reported:
Jardon said he won’t apologize for his beliefs.
“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.”
But, after dealing with online bullying and threats, Jardon decided this week to refund the deposit to the couple:
“One of the reasons my family chose to move to Canada was the rights that it offered, the freedom of religion and freedom of speech, both of which at the time seemed to be very limited in Mexico,” he said.
“However, due to posting our religious beliefs, many people in Newfoundland want us to shut down business — that’s what they’ve been telling us.”
He said some threats came with names and others were anonymous.
“One of them states that ‘you better give them the money back or you will be very, very sorry,’” he said.
We’re expected to heap loads of praise on homosexuals and their demand for “equal rights” and “equal treatment.” But they don’t want equal treatment. They want special treatment. They’re not going to change their beliefs or their actions for anyone else, but they demand that everyone else change everything for their sake.