Farmer’s Market Bans Farmer over Anti-Gay FB Post

When I was in retail management, we were reminded over and over that we were not allowed to discriminate against anyone because of their ethnicity (I refuse to use race since we are all ONE race – (human race), sex, age (except for tobacco, alcohol, firearms and ammunition), religion or sexual orientation. We were allowed to refuse to sell to people who used foul and vulgar language, were drunk or high on drugs or to people who we had busted for shoplifting.

The same applied with hiring employees. I could not discriminate against any job applicant due to the color of their skin, where they were from, their age, sex or religion. Whenever I passed on any applicant to hire another, I had to make sure and document why I hired the person I did and passed over the other ones, to make sure that I wasn’t discriminating against anyone illegally. The same was true when I had to fire employees, which I did. I had to have documented justification for firing them. On several occasions, I fired a person of color and they claimed they were fired due to their ethnicity. However, in every case, I had more than sufficient written documentation to justify the firing on grounds other than skin color or sex.

I was also licensed to sell life insurance and securities and along with brokering mortgages. In all of these capacities, I was not allowed to discriminate against anyone due to their ethnicity, sex, age, religion or sexual orientation. To do so would result in the loss of my licenses and job and possible lawsuit.

However, in today’s warped, twisted and upside-down America, it is okay if you are a liberal to discriminate against conservatives, Christians and Republicans. I personally have experienced this kind of discrimination. I was in the process of being hired as an online university biology instructor. I was told I had the job, until they realized that I was not only a Christian, but a young-earth creationist. Suddenly, I was told that they had offered the position to someone else and told me the problem was where I got my graduate degree from. I told them that the graduate school was fully accredited and that I actually attended classes, but they said they didn’t want to recognize my degree.

I knew a young man who was a straight A student in college. He was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Geology at a major university. He had successfully presented and defended his thesis, but before he was granted his well-earned degree, he was discharged from the program and told it was because of creationist views. It didn’t matter that he did everything they required of him, but because of his RELIGIOUS belief, he was refused his degree. Only when he filed a lawsuit, did the university confer his degree, but always gave him a very poor recommendation when asked.

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A similar thing recently happened to a Michigan farmer, Steve Tennes, owner of Country Mill Farm, located 22-miles from East Lansing city limits. His farm grows blueberries, organic apples, pumpkins and sweet corn. For the past seven years, they sold their fresh produce at a farmer’s market owned and operated by the city of East Lansing.

That is until they were booted from the Farmer’s Market because of their religious beliefs. The Tennes family are Catholic. When someone went to their Facebook page and asked if they allowed same-sex marriage ceremonies at their farm, Tennes responded saying that they were Catholic and believe that marriage is a sacramental union between one man and one woman and therefore, they do not allow such weddings on their property.

When East Lansing officials found out about Tennes Facebook response, they immediately took action to remove him from the farmer’s market, claiming he violated their anti-discrimination ordinance. The city sent Tennes a letter that read in part:

“It was brought to our attention that The Country Mill’s general business practices do not comply with East Lansing’s Civil Rights ordinances and public policy against discrimination as set forth in Chapter 22 of the City Code and outlined in the 2017 Market Vendor Guidelines, as such, The Country Mill’s presence as a vendor his prohibited by the City’s Farmer’s Market Vendor Guidelines.”

Tennes was shocked to receive the letter and told Todd Starnes of Fox News:

“We were surprised and we were shocked. My wife and I both volunteered to serve in the military – to protect freedom now we come home and the freedom that we worked to protect – we have to defend in our own backyard.”

“Whether you are a Jew, Muslim or Christian – people of faith should not be eradicated from the marketplace simply because they don’t share the same thoughts and ideas that the government is choosing to promote.”

Unlike many Christians who just roll over and allow liberals to trample on their constitutional rights, Tennes has decided to take legal action to fight the ruling of the East Lansing city officials. Working on his behalf, Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a federal lawsuit against East Lansing, claiming that the actions of city officials violated Tennes’ constitutional rights.

Kate Anderson, Legal Counsel with ADF stated:

“All Steve wants to do is sell his food to anyone who wants to buy it, but the city isn’t letting him. People of faith, like the Tennes family, should be free to live and work according to their deeply held beliefs without fear of losing their livelihood. If the government can shut down a family farmer just because of the religious views he expresses on Facebook—by denying him a license to do business and serve fresh produce to all people—then no American is free.”

Liberals, including Barack Obama, have been deliberately targeting Christians and trying to force them to give up their constitutional rights and to defy their religion and embrace their sinful, debauched and abominable agenda. Sadly, too many Christians have been allowing them to do just that.

Everyone needs to join Starnes in his request that everyone pray for the Tennes family and their attorneys who are fighting for his and your constitutional First Amendment right of freedom of religion.

 

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