HolyCoast: There Is Apparently a New Right to T-Shirt Production

Monday, April 02, 2012

There Is Apparently a New Right to T-Shirt Production

This is what happens when you start inventing rights:
A Lexington, KY t-shirt company is under investigation by the city’s Human Rights Commission after they refused to print t-shirts for a local gay rights organization.

The owner of “Hands On Originals,” a well-known t-shirt company in the region, declined to print the shirts for the city’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) because it would conflict with their Christian convictions.

The privately owned company is now accused of violating Lexington’s Fairness Act – which protects people and organizations from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The attacks are out of line, said Jim Campbell, an attorney with Alliance Defense Fund, the organization representing “Hands On Originals.”

“No business owner should be forced to violate his conscience simply because someone demands it,” he said. “The Constitution absolutely supports the rights of business owners to decline a request to support a message that conflicts with their deeply held convictions.”

Raymond Sexton, the executive director of the Human Rights Commission told Fox News that “Hands On Originals” will be “required by law to participate in the investigation.”

“We have subpoena power and have the backing of the law,” he said. “We are a law enforcement agency and people have to comply.”

Should the company be found guilty of discriminating against the homosexuals Sexton said they could be subjected to fines.
I hope the legal team has the financial wherewithal to take this case all the way, because there's no way it's constitutional to compel a business to perform duties that violate their conscience. What's going on with this Human Rights Commission is a lesser version of the mania that has taken over Canada where even a comment or writing can cause someone to be dragged before the court system to explain themselves.


Sam L. said...

I see it as the "individual mandate"--"You musssst do az Ve Zay!"

Larry said...

The city of Lexington, KY has a Human Rights Commission? I didn't even get started into the article to see what the HRC was up to before I was stunned that it existed at all.

They even have their own website at http://kchr.ky.gov/

They have eleven commissioners -here's an example:

"Commissioner Milly Hudson Diehl

"Mildred “Milly” Hudson Diehl is a resident of Ft. Mitchell in Kenton County and represents the state at large.

"A community activist, Diehl graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in History & Political Science. She served as a Ft. Mitchell Councilwoman from 1994 to 1997.

"Diehl has served on the board of Directors of Kenton County CASA (Court Appointed Special Assistants); the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission; the NAACP Northern Kentucky Branch; the Kentucky Democratic Party State Central Executive Committee; the Kentucky Women’s Network; and the Kentucky Commission on Women under Governor Martha Layne Collins from 1984 to 1988."

My God! You can't find qualifications like that just around the corner. She's spent her whole life sitting on committees and commissions.