Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Perkins produces a Florida "victim" of the gay horde

Lana Rusev - Simply Elegant Events
Note: I am researching this matter and will update this post when I find out more. Meanwhile, Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, is waving a flag and thumping a bible over some idiotic wedding planner who thinks that she is doing God's work renting out banquet furniture:
When Lana Rusev fled Ukraine, she was trying to avoid the religious persecution she’s now experiencing in Florida! The wedding planner, the latest in a long string of Christian targets, is watching with horror as the hostility she had once seen in Eastern Europe followed her to America, courtesy of Jacksonville’s radical LGBT community. Obviously when she saw the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your yearning to violate your conscience’ wasn’t what the Ukranian had in mind.

According to the CIA Factbook “Ukraine's population is overwhelmingly Christian” So exactly what religious persecution was Ms. Rusev trying to “avoid?” And those nasty gays are always ”radicals” for seeking equality. Perkins goes on to say (I'm editing out much of the fluff):
In a polite letter to Melissa McCord and her partner, Rusev explained that not only was there a conflict with the dates -- but with her conscience. “After checking our booked events I have discovered that we are booked on the 30th and 31st and unfortunately are not able to take additional events for the weekend. Also, due to my strong personal belief, I do not feel comfortable planning a wedding for lesbian couples. I hope you understand and do not take this personally. I am really sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.”
First of all there is no "polite" way to say "we don't serve your kind here." Furthermore, the very fact that she had to add her homophobia to the calendar conflict (which would have sufficed) demonstrates harmful intentions. And exactly how is the couple not to "take it personally?" Rusev cannot help herself:
That enraged the couple, who took familiar revenge: launching a full-scale social media assault against the company. Within hours, Lana was inundated with threats and negative business reviews. But it’ll take a lot more than harassment to scare off Rusev. “I understand that they may be hurt, but there are other wedding planners who are okay with doing this,” she told the local newspaper. “Take your business elsewhere.”
Bigots always claim that they do no harm because others will serve the customer that they declined. It's nonsense. People deserve to be served by the public accommodation of their choice. Perkins continues:
Although she isn’t sorry, she is disappointed in her new country. Being bullied for her faith isn’t exactly what she envisioned when she immigrated to the “free world.” “This takes me back to about 26 years ago when my family and I fled from a country that persecuted people for their belief.” 
Unfortunately Jacksonville does not have an inclusive non-discrimination ordinance or she would be even more "disappointed." She is just going to have to live with terrible reviews.

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