We Gladly Feast Upon Those Who Would Subdue Us. Not just pretty words… *bonus points if you can tell me what movie this is from.
This is going to be a A Strongly Worded Letter to Kim Evans of Petals and Promises Wedding Flowers, with a bit of commentary to bring the rest of you up to speed.
Source :: Florist refuses to outfit same-sex couple’s wedding – CBC
So as it appears, a florist in Riverview, New Brunswick has refused to provide the flowers for a marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple. Yes, I just heard the needle scratch across the record there!
The florist is quoted as saying in an email to the client;
I am choosing to decline your business. As a born-again Christian, I must respect my conscience before God and have no part in this matter.
Well sorry to tell you this and perhaps embarrass you in a public forum, oh you know what, NO I am not sorry to tell you this, Petals and Promises, YOU SCREWED UP!
See I am not sure what your background is or how long you have been in Canada but we have this handy-dandy piece of paper which is legal documentation called the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
While you are more than enabled to live your life the way you deem fit, within the law, the catch phrase there is “within the law”.
As a business person, in Canada, you can NOT choose who you will and will not do business with unless they break the law.
No one will force you to do business with someone that does not uphold and respect, what I hate to say here as it will sound like a cliché, the “law of the land.”
Here is the part that really adds the icing to the cake, my dear Kim Evans, you just broke the law!
We do not even have to take this to a Federal level, at the Provincial level in the province of New Brunswick there is this document you may not have heard of and it is called the New Brunswick Human Rights Act and it states clearly that; “anyone doing business in the province cannot refuse customers based on race, religion or sexual orientation.”
Regardless, here is the thing you need to realise, in Canada, the same rights that are afforded you, you must extend to your fellow citizens.
I have to commend this commentary in the article, as it follows not only the provincial as well as the federal statutes;
Eldon Hay, a United Church minister in Sackville and a well-known gay rights advocate, said he still sympathizes with the florist.
“The shopkeeper has every right to her own convictions as long as she is a private citizen in her own house,” Hay said.
“But if she opens her doors to sell flowers, then she must be prepared to meet and deal with the public.”
And there you have it folks.
So again I am inclined to say, “Get off the cross. Some one needs the wood!”
There are bigger issues to deal with, lets talk about and focus on um I don’t know, global literacy, clean drinking water for everyone, access to medical, education…and in this case stop worrying about who the fuck the roses are for. ((I really hope they weren’t roses, too blah))
The last time I looked, my money had the same; Prime Ministers and Queen on it, my VISA card and Mastercard had the same logos and when I went to shop with either I got the same tomatoes as the next person…funny how that works…EH?
Madame Evans, le Monsieur içi n’est pas content…
Madame Evans, ici, tu dois faire plus que “faites l’étoile”
I am so glad that here in Canada there is a recourse for this kind of behaviour, which, is not tolerated. I wish it was the same for all the people I care about, all around the world…
I find it a bit ironic that I am writing about this now today and last night I wrote about a couple desperate to get married in California.
Here Are the Foot Notes…
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