An Illinois woman says her religious freedoms were violated after an Office Depot refused to make copies of her pro-life flyers.
Maria Goldstein was looking to make 500 copies of an anti-abortion flyer, critical of Planned Parenthood, WGN-TV reported. But when she visited an Office Depot in Rolling Meadows, the request for her copies was politely declined.
“I returned the call and was told by somebody else that my content was restricted by corporate policy,” Goldstein told the news station. “ I asked ‘What is that policy? Can you tell me?’ And they said ‘We don’t know. I didn’t see your flyer.’”
Goldstein said the flyer was designed to encourage prayer and turn some hearts. It includes the headline, “The evil that has been exposed” along with some “Quick Facts” on Planned Parenthood.
The flyer was written by a Catholic priest and was meant to be given out during church on Sunday.
Despite pleading her case, Goldstein reportedly got nowhere with Office Depot. She decided to hire a lawyer from public interest law firm the Thomas More Society.
“In my legal opinion, there’s pretty much an open and shut violation of the public accommodation law in Cook County, which provides that a company open to the public has to serve the public without unlawful discrimination based on issues of race, of religion, of national origin,” said Thomas Olp.
Goldstein echoed her attorney’s statement.
“Office Depot is discriminating against me based on my religion,” Goldstein told Life News. “If the store can pick and choose what orders it fills based on religious content, it is refusing to treat people of faith equally. In America where we value freedom of religion, this is simply unacceptable.”
Goldstein was able to make copies of her flyer at another printing shop but said she won’t be satisfied until Office Depot issues an apology to her.
Office Depot claims they could not fulfill the print order for the flyers because it advocated the persecution of people who support abortion, according to a company spokeswoman who spoke with the Chicago Tribune.