Skip to comments.I’m a T-Shirt Maker With Gay Customers and Gay Employees. I Still Was Sued.
Posted on 09/21/2017 4:38:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
In 2012, my promotional printing company, Hands on Originals, was approached by a customer to print a message that conflicted with my conscience. When I said no, they sued me.
Hi, my name is Blaine Adamson.
I got into the T-shirt printing business because I wanted to create Christian shirts that people would want to wear. Christian T-shirts at the time were so cheesy, they were so bad.
For all the years that Ive been running my business, Hands on Originals, Ive happily served and employed people of all backgrounds, of all walks of life.
Thats why it was hard in 2012 when a customer sued us after I politely declined to make T-shirts promoting the local pride festival. I was surprised because I work with and serve gay people. But I cant print any message that goes against my faith, no matter who asks me to print it. And whenever I cant print something, I always offer them to another local print shop.
As is the custom for T-shirt makers of all kinds, Ive declined plenty of orders in the past. For example, I was once asked to make a shirt with Jesus on a bucket of chicken, with chicken coming out of the bucket. I didnt feel right making that one. Ive been asked to make a shirt promoting an adult film, one that promoted a strip club, and one or two that promoted violence. I couldnt in good conscience print any of those shirts.
Another shirt we declined was a simple black shirt with white text that read, Homosexuality is a sin. I didnt feel right making that one either. I dont think thats how Jesus would have handled the issue; Jesus would have balanced grace and truth.
I have gay customers and employ gay people. For example, we have printed materials for a local band called Mother Jane whose lead singer is a lesbian. That was never a problem for us because, as I said, well work with everyone, but we cant print all messages.
Shortly after our case started, two lesbian printers in New Jersey voiced their support for us because they didnt want to be forced to print messages that would violate their consciences.
Thats why I was glad when a judge ruled that I had the freedom to decide which messages I wanted to promote. An appeals court also agreed. Unfortunately, though, the government has appealed again, this time asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to hear the case.
The bottom line, for me? I love designing T-shirts, and Id be pretty crushed if I had to close down Hands On, especially after all the years of building the business, serving the community, and doing what I love.
All we are asking for is that the government not force us to promote messages against our convictions. Everyone should have that freedom.
The people who filed the lawsuit likely shopped until they found a Christian and went after him.
Mr. Adamson’s problem is that he believes there’s any semblance of an attempt at being fair with this forced speech against conscience. Name anyone else who is being forced to do so, other than fundamentalist Christians. Are atheists being forced to print Christian messages? No. Are Muslims being forced to print gay messages? No. Who else is being forced? Nobody. And therein lies your answer.
He naively thinks this was about T-shirts. T-shirts (and cakes) are just the tool. The Goal is forced acceptance of an abhorrent lifestyle.
Naaahhhh...ya’ think?? Tell me it ain’t so, Joe!
Freedom of the press means I have the right to print (you know, on a press) what *I* want; not what someone else wants.
A tee-shirt printing operation is a printing press by definition. This guy should be able to print what *he* wants, for whatever reason.
We should do the same...find the gay shirt maker. Ask them to print something anti-gay. When they decline wammo...they are discriminating against your religious beliefs. It will help if you say you’re muslim because then that will fracture the liberal crusaders.
Good point. If he eventually loses. Take out anti-gay ads in the local paper...when they refuse to run it then sue them.
Well, I agree with you D.O., but did you post this to the right thread?
I had two workups in my editing program.
Before posting these, I went back and copied a post that was in HTML. It was the wrong one.
I caught it, but not until Id posted it about ten times.
I contacted the Moderator and asked to have them all deleted.
Sorry. Folks reading this, I apologize.
It's more than that. It's all about forcing the denial of Christ. The lesbians are merely the useful idiot tools of the old adversary.
Anyone think he was deliberately targeted because he advertised he was Christian?
What the heck
did he get sued for?
Marriage - politicized
Dating - politicized
School - politicized
Military - politicized
Fraternities - politicized
Sports - politicized
T-shirt making - politicized
WHAT DID I MISS..?
It's all about the tyranny of the few over the many. And it's about who gets to define "normal."
Church politicized. Our local Presbyterian church has done same sex officiating on their turf. Sad for the fathers and builders of that church.
cafe cups (starbucks, a few times)
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