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|'Moral objection policy' cited by printer for not doing business with Atlanta gay-owned company|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|October 31, 2011 16:34|
A local company is refusing to print materials for Atlanta's gay-owned Carma Productions citing its "Moral Objection Policy" that includes a rule to reject "homosexual materials."
A woman who answered the phone this evening at Media Graphix said Malik was unavailable for comment because she was in a conference with other company officials discussing the email exchange with Carma Productions.
The "Moral Objection Policy" cited by Media Graphix states, among other things, to reject projects that "promote or advertise homosexuality such as Gay Pride."
While we fully understand organizations are entitled to create a 'Moral Objection Policy', we would expect such organizations to operate with a sense of integrity and honesty. The 'Moral Objection Policy' you enclosed for our review specifically states the effective date as February 13, 2002. However, you have printed projects for us in the past. To be more specific, you printed the exact same project included in our most recent bid in March 2010.
Ryan further states in the email:
Furthermore, our business does not "promote or advertise homosexuality". We are simply a reference resource guide dedicated to the equal treatment of the LGBTQ community. The owners of our company have been fighting for equal human rights for the last twenty-three years and consider ourselves to be a "legitimate business". Your business practices, while completely your right, are the exact reason why we have our directory and Smartphone applications.
The news of Media Graphix's "Moral Objection Policy" comes days after Shorter University made headlines for mandating its employees sign a "personal lifestyle statement" that includes stating they are not gay or face being fired.
Media Graphix also states in its Moral Objection Policy that it will not print materials for:
•"strip joints" or other materials used for erotic purposes that includes nudity or pornography, with the exception of some medical materials;
• alcohol, drugs, tobacco and pork, including companies such as Honey Baked Ham, Marlboro and Budweiser;
• abortion and abortion clinics "must be avoided totally";
• anti-religious, satanic or materials that promote racism;
• gambling, including materials for casinos and the lottery'
• "harm — any piece that may promote harming of fellow humans or the destruction of environment or be the cause of war and bloodshed."
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