Letter to the editor published May 29, 2013 in the Tri-City Herald:
When recently discussing purchasing custom T-shirts for our secular nonprofit organization, the Tri-City Freethinkers, from a local screenprint shop, a question arose regarding whether we will now have to be concerned about the religious bias of any potential vendor.
We'd really prefer to buy local, but finding a shop to print "Good without God" or "God is a Myth" on a T-shirt may present a challenge with Christianity's renewed conscientiousness. I don't want anyone to be offended and I don't want a lawsuit, but how are we to patronize our local businesses freely without a Jesus fish on the door indicating their bias?
Wouldn't society be regressing if a business has to indicate they willfully discriminate? Personally, I would be embarrassed to ask if a vendor holds a religious bias, just as I would feel embarrassed for them having to answer the question.
If my group or any person is not advocating hate, violence or crime, why can't businesses just sell us their wares and let us be? Maybe we need a directory of local businesses that freely serve people regardless of their strongly held superstitions?