Responding today to my piece on Equality Promotions is Philip Frank, the co-founder of the company. I had asked for an answer to Senator Santorum’s question from the weekend, which was this:
“Tolerance is a two-way street. If you’re a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print ‘God hates fags’ for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those signs up?”
Mr. Frank’s response is as sent to me, in full:
Sorry I couldn’t get back to you yesterday. We were out of town helping our mother move.
We will print for anyone, as we don’t discriminate. However, it appears your story was going to be written as you intended regardless. We expect you will correctly represent our response promptly in an updated version of your article.
All our best.
Budget Signs & Specialties
2225 Industrial Drive
Madison, WI 53713
Good for Phil Frank. A direct answer to Senator Santorum’s question.
Suffice to say, I am no fan of the hate-mongers in the Westboro Baptist Church. But in fact I had no idea what the response from Mr. Frank would be, which is why I asked the question. But in the current witch-hunting atmosphere ginned up by the media, the silence from the company raised concerns. Particularly from a company co-founded by a U.S. Congressman. The issue in Indiana is forcing religious believers to violate their faith, which is different than — as the owners of Memories understand — serving the public. All the public regardless of race, creed or gender. That is the same job of Equal Promotions — serving the public. And Mr. Frank assures his company and that of co-owner and congressman Mark Pocan would not refuse anyone, regardless of their views. Bravo.
It is safe to say there is a considerable sense abroad in the land that religion is under attack by the American Left. As the Wall Street Journal referred to it the other day, you could call what we are seeing in Indiana an example of “the New Intolerance.” It is a mistake, as the WSJ notes, to not understand there are Americans aplenty who believe in “a good-faith effort to help society compromise on contentious moral disputes.” But there is a reason for the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment protections for religion, a free press and free speech. To wit: protecting all Americans, even those with whom we disagree.
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