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Published On: Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017

Wisconsin Office Max refuses the printing of Peter LaBarbera poster for talk on homosexuality

A manager at the Marshfield, Wisconsin, branch of OfficeMax rejected the printing of a poster promoting a talk by LifeSiteNews’ Peter LaBarbera. The response stated that the “poster falls under the prohibited guidelines of our company’s Duplication procedures.”

Rob Pue, the publisher of Wisconsin Christian News, who has used the services since July to print the advertising LaBarbera’s November 16 talk, “The Homosexual Agenda Exposed.”

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Pue was notified, but was informed via email by Jeffry Costigan that “Unfortunately we will not be able to print the contents of the poster for Peter Labarbera…The contents of the poster falls under the prohibited guidelines of our company’s Duplication procedures.”

Pue told Costigan to go ahead with the second poster and asked for a copy of the “prohibited guidelines.”

Costigan wrote that he stood by “the decision not to duplicate” Pue’s material.

“Please CANCEL my order for the other poster,” Pue wrote in response. “Our attorneys have already been notified as well as national and international media. In fact, we have a British TV network coming to our event TODAY, so we will be sharing this situation with ALL the Media.

“Our attorneys have stated this is a clear-cut case of blatant discrimination and an open and shut case. There will be protests and a national rallying cry over this decision.

“We are closely affiliated with a national radio network and international media organization. We will spread the word about your policies and refusal of service.

“If Christian bakers, photographers, florists, etc. are not allowed to refuse service, neither is OfficeMax.”

Office Max is a Office Depot subsidiary and Office Depot made headlines in 2015 when it refused to make 500 copies of a flyer featuring a pro-life prayer by Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life.

Peter LaBarbara told LifeSiteNews, “The pro-LGBTQ non-discrimination laws are essentially corrupt, but they must be enforced equally. If Christian businesses can be forced to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual ‘marriage,’ then you cannot allow corporations like OfficeMax to refuse to do business with pro-family Christians and conservatives.”

Here’s the full email posted at Life Site News:

Good morning Rob,

Unfortunately we will not be able to print the contents of the poster for Peter Labarbera.

The contents of the poster falls under the prohibited guidelines of our company’s Duplication procedures. We will be able to print the second request for the Veterans poster.

“Thank you for your understanding and let me know if you would like for me to proceed with your second request.

Jeffry A. Costigan

Print Supervisor|Office Depot, INC.

1629 N. Central Ave, Marshfield, WI. 54449

[phone number and email redacted]

 

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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  1. Mike says:

    We conservatives don’t want to erode OfficeMax’s right as a private company to choose what it will print, just like we think the Christian baker should have the right to decline to bake cakes which he finds offensive. We want to be consistent and not hypocrites as the liberals are.

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