‘Transgender’ Activist Reports Christian Printer to Police for Declining to Print Business Cards for Cause

SOUTHAMPTON, U.K. — A man in Great Britain who identifies as a woman has reported a Christian printer to the police after he declined to print business cards for the man’s transgender activist organization.

The man, who goes by the name Joanne Lockwood, recently approached Afford A Print in Southampton to request business cards for his diversity organization SEE Change Happen after meeting owner Nigel Williams at a networking event. The effort aims to counsel businesses about transgender inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Williams advised via email that while he would have been happy to serve Lockwood, he could not fulfill that particular order because SEE Change Happen’s mission could possibly have negative ramifications for Christians.

“The new model of diversity is used (or misused) to marginalize (or indeed discriminate against) Christians in their workplaces and other parts of society if they do not subscribe to it,” he wrote. “Although I’m quite sure you have no intention of marginalizing Christians, it would weigh heavily upon me if through my own work I was to make pressure worse for fellow Christians.”

Williams noted, however, in his correspondence that “[i]t is foundational to Christianity that every person must be respected, valued and loved because they are made in the image of God, irrespective of their economic status, religious belief, gender, sexuality, race, etc.”

Lockwood, who began presenting as a woman in January and changed his name in July, said that he was taken aback by the response.

“I was not expecting a lecture. I disbelieved this could happen in 2017. I have been distraught and cried, and my wife consoled me,” he told The Times.

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“I think a point of principle is at stake,” Lockwood stated. “He wanted to make a point to me deliberately for his own motives. I have been the victim of some discrimination.”

According to the Portsmouth News, Lockwood contacted the police and requested an investigation. He says he does not want Williams to be punished or vilified, but hopes the matter is “used as an example in society to show diversity and inclusion is important.”

However, the Christian Institute of Newcastle upon Tyne, which supports Williams, notes that the Christian printer would have been willing to create other material for Lockwood—just not business cards for transgender activism.

“Nigel Williams made it crystal clear that he would be prepared to do work for Joanne Lockwood. Indeed, his email said, ‘I am very happy to print for you,'” it noted in a statement. “However, he was not prepared to do work for a business that actively promoted a cause which might impact negatively on those with a Christian faith.”

“It is a fundamental tenet of free speech and freedom of belief that people should not be forced to help promote causes flatly contrary to their own deeply-held views,” the group said.


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  • Reason2012

    Does a black baker who has no problem selling cakes to white people have to use his business support the anti-black acts like a “the beliefs of black people do not matter” gathering? Would a black printer who has no problem serving white people have to make printings to support anti-black act like “the beliefs of black people do not matter” request? Does a mulsim baker who has no problem selling cakes to non-mulsimpeople have to use his business support the anti-muslim acts like a “lets draw muhammad” party?

    No. Those requests would be denied even if asked by another black person or another muslim.

    The only bigots in such a case are those who sought this black baker or black printer out to support this ACT. And so it goes with homosexual activists who seek out Christian bakers and Christian business owners to force them to support such anti-Christian acts no matter if it’s a homosexual who makes the request or not, whether a Christian makes the request or not, more so when such people have no problem serving those who declare they’re into homosexuality. 100% of their customers would be denied this request. They’d also be denied a request for a polygamous wedding cake.

    America is waking up to the deception from homosexual activists, and cases like this make it more obvious and make people more aware of what the real motive is of same-gender marriage and transgender bathrooms is: the offshoot criminalization of those who do not support these ACTS.

    And keep in mind, these same homosexual activists hate LGBT people. When 50 of them were_killed in Orlando, these same activists jumped to the defense of_islam as the “religion of peace”, while not saying a word to defend those who were_killed, but instead keep going after those “evil” Christians for not violating their Christian faith and perform anti-Christian acts.

    Keep in mind they are anti-Christian activists, not LGBT people in general, but activists that have proven they hate LGBT people and are just using them to push this anti-Christian agenda.

    • Recognizing_Truth

      Amazing that reason is so easy to come by – all we have to do is think about it a little – and yet our courts and our legislators have forsaken reason and inflicted on us the consequences of THEIR actions.

    • Cady555

      Equal treatment.

      If “I will not make cakes that contain hate speech” applies equally to anti christian and anti black and anti gay and anti immigrant and anti whatever, there is no discrimination. All customers are treated equally.

      However, “I will sell a pretty cake with no lettering to them, but I won’t sell the exact same cake to you” is discrimination. Customers are treated differently based on who they are not on what the product looks like.

      • Reason2012

        Please cite the “exact same cake” that some get and others do not. The Black backer does not sell “the beliefs of black people do not matter” cakes to some and not to others – he refuses that to all customers. And likewise the anti-Christian cakes that promote anti-Christian acts Christian bakers sell to no one.

        • Cady555

          A pretty decorated cake is just a pretty decorated cake. The baker is willing to sell the cake to one couple but will not sell it to a different couple. The baker obviously has no objection to making the pretty decorated cake. He objects to serving certain customers. That is discrimination.

  • Recognizing_Truth

    No problem. Just show them the video (or listen to the audio) of the coffee house owner kicking out Christians just for being Christians (they didn’t do anything specific like proselytize others or ask him to make them a Christian latte (if there is even such a thing). He just singled them out and told them they were despicable for being Christian and he didn’t want them in there anymore or ever again.

    No law was broken. No suit filed. Other cheek turned. The Christians are even praying for him (they promised so after they were kicked out) so they harbor no ill will and seek no vengeance. That’s just one example of the beauty of godliness in action.

    Think of it this way:
    This gay guy who dresses like a woman walks into a Christian bake shop… (Yes it sounds like an opening for a joke because it is a joke – but joke is on us for letting lust rule our society for so long)

    • Cady555

      If a place a business discriminated against anyone based on their religion (and not their behavior) as you have described here, a law was broken. It is against the law to discriminate based on religion.

    • Trilemma

      The Christians had been passing out libelous anti-gay pamphlets outside (not in the shop). After the coffee shop owner saw one of he pamphlets, he kicked them out.

      • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        They were not libelous. Where do you get this nonsense from?

        • Michael C

          What did the flyers say? I haven’t seen them.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            They were pro-life flyers.

          • Michael C

            No, I mean what did the flyers say on them? Do you know? I haven’t seen them. Have you?

          • Trilemma

            You can see the pamphlet here. (Delete the space after the dot.)

            theliberator. news/2017/homosexual-coffee-shop-owner-evicts-peaceful-christians/

          • Michael C

            The blood of dead babies is on the hands of gay people.

            Huh.

            That’s a new one.

            I really must be a monster.

            Thanks for sharing this information with me, Trilemma. I look forward to reading more about this situation.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Uh, no. Nice spin there, Michael, but the rainbow is a Genesis reference, you know, long before homosexuals culturally appropriated it.

          • Eldrida Urika

            You haven’t heard yet? The rainbow they use is not the rainbow of the bible. The colours are wrong. They were talking about adding brown and black to their rainbow. Before that there were only 6 colours and not ones that necessarily matched the one of the bible which is the one we still see today.
            Yes I know they know how it happens, I am aware enough to know that if the sun comes out and it’s still a light rain, I go to take a picture knowing there is one there.
            God never said we would only get rainbows at specific events from Him, but he said that it will be a covenant to not flood the world again. Creating the way the rainbows work with the refraction etc. is the way God intended them to be. A regular reminder to Christians that God is with us.

            But you don’t have to worry about God’s rainbow with regards to the LGBTQ as theirs is not the same as the one you are protecting.
            Thought you should know!
            Blessings!

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You seem confused.

          • Eldrida Urika

            No I am not confused. I felt the same way you did so I looked into it to see it was actually an offense or not. The Lord’s rainbow is specific colours in a specific order.
            The gay rainbow flag is different specific colours and include brown and black now. The Lord was not intending his rainbow to be about equality,
            Either way they are 2 different things. One is in the sky by natural means and the other is a flag someone has to sew.
            There were only 6 colours right from the beginning and now violet, brown and black are also on it. Either way it was made clear to me that there was no reason to think it has anything to do with our Lord + Savior’s covenant.
            I hope it settles the problem you have with a temporal thing like that anyways.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Why are you following me around?

          • Eldrida Urika

            I’m not. I reply to posts that I have something to say. I don’t look at who said it and pick you. Why would I? I guess you keep saying things I disagree with or want to explain to you.
            That’s the point of a comment board isn’t it? to comment?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Every time I address Michael C, you interject yourself as his defender. Are you his nanny?

          • Eldrida Urika

            Didn’t realize that actually. I know Michael C. as far as his posts go, so if you are saying anything to him that isn’t about him, I tend to correct it when it is wrong. I do that for anyone that is being talked to who does not deserve it because we are on a Christian Board and we as Christians have to act properly to draw others to Jesus. Any other behavior is not what Jesus asked us to do.
            Maybe next time I will interject when someone is rude to you next time.
            Just trying to do my Christian duty according to Jesus.

          • Eldrida Urika

            Michael C. you could never be a monster from every post I’ve read of yours.
            This pamphlet was disgusting and I don’t care what it was ‘supposed’ to be preventing or anything else. This has no love of God in it. It has nothing to say to non-believers that will encourage them to come to Jesus in them.
            It shows disgusting pictures that I personally would not even look inside of those pamphlets just because of the cover.
            Being against abortion is a Christian belief, but although they behaved properly when asked to remove themselves from the premises because they were Christian, the pamphlet itself was not. Gory pictures will not attract anyone to God or anyone else unless they ‘like’ pictures like that.
            Generally people don’t want to go further than a picture like that. God’s Word is being misused because they are not reaching out to people as Jesus would have. Jesus would not protest, he would not have condemned them either. Until Judgement Day, On earth he showed us not to condemn others. To treat each other with respect and love. This is not showing any respect for believers or non-believers. Christians have to learn that we can’t treat non-believers as if they are believers. They aren’t. And they aren’t necessarily unbelievers either since many do not know the Word of God. (which they can’t know without reading the bible or having the whole story of salvation explained).
            I don’t think that Jesus would appreciate the approach they are using. Yes we can tell these people what God’s Word says, but we should not expect them to follow someone who is unknown to them, or even previously refused to follow him.
            I don’t agree with the pamphlet, although I applaud them being well behaved instead of fighting back.
            Blessings!

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Thanks for proving your bigoted comment was a false one. You might want to read Genesis before you make up stuff. In fact, read the whole Bible.

          • Trilemma

            The pamphlet conveys the message that abortion is gay oppression and that the blood of aborted babies is on gay hands. That’s libel. The six colors are shown forming a flag and not a rainbow. If the ACLU sues this Christian group, the judge and jury are going to know it’s a gay flag on the pamphlet on not a Genesis rainbow.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Did you even read what you wrote? How do you come up with this kind of nonsense? Did you even see the explanation of the pamphlet long before the gaystapo decided to go all Nazi on the Christian missionaries?

            By the way, the ACLU is staying out of this because they know the real victims are the Christians who were kicked out in a bigoted, non-tolerant, vulgar way, but keep spinning.

          • Eldrida Urika

            Sorry Michael C. is right. there was a gay flag in the pamphlet and it did lay the blame on people who have little to nothing to do with the subject of abortion. You can’t blame gays for abortion.
            How do you righteously judge them as the criminals in this instance? Seriously I’d love to hear your explanation about how gays are put into the pamphlet as being responsible for abortion.

            Your ignorance is showing when you are not aware of what a LGBT flag looks like. It’s been a favorite complaint from Christians ever since they started to use it back in 1967. It was never the rainbow as told of from the bible – that we see in the skies today. It originally had 7 stripes but one colour was not going to be available for them to use, and they dropped it to the 6 stripes. I believe there is talk now about adding brown and black to their flag as well. They might have already started using those colours but I have not seen a flag with them yet.

            When there is a complaint made to the ACLU they will pursue it. Otherwise they do not start the cases on their own but by a complaint. So I guess no one had a valid complaint that would mean an investigation into it.
            I believe the Kicked out Christians would have made a reasonable complaint and so they haven’t.
            Blessings!

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Why are you interjecting yourself into every conversation?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            They were pro-life fliers with pictures of an aborted baby. That’s what the homosexual bigot was wigging out about – the picture of a dead baby.

          • Michael C

            That’s what the homosexual bigot was wigging out about – the picture of a dead baby.

            From the picture I just saw, there’s a pair of rainbow colored hands (representing the gay community) stained with the blood of a dead baby.

            How do you interpret that image?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Read Genesis. The rainbow was a Judeo-Christian symbol long before the homosexual community tried to culturally appropriate it.

            The image on the flyer represents the mercy of God holding onto the dead baby. You know, like “He’s got the whole world in His hands”. The hands are stained with blood – His and the dead baby’s. Stop trying to play the victim over every little thing. It’s not all about you.

          • Michael C

            The image on the flyer represents the mercy of God holding onto the dead baby.

            That’s a very *interesting* interpretation of the image. Personally, I would fire any graphic designer who created that image in the attempts of conveying that message.

            Your description doesn’t seem to match the actual image.Have you actually seen this pamphlet? Did you actually look at it and read it? You can easily find it by googling “love hasn’t won yet leaflet”

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I’m the one who told you that you could find it online.

            Since you are unfamiliar with the Bible and the original meaning of the rainbow, you are unable to properly interpret the image.

          • Eldrida Urika

            Funny I am a Christian and I do know the bible and as non-believers in the first place we have no control and as believers we must only tell them about the Salvation by repentance story. secondly How do you know what Michael C. knows? Are you aware that a lot of atheists who have researched the bible and other religions looking for answers know the bible than a good percentage of the Christians in the world? It’s true. It was their questions within their faiths that brought them to research it more than the average Christian.
            Also, instead of speaking to him like an imbecile, you should be teaching what you think he doesn’t know. Telling him he doesn’t know something and not teaching them is like saying ooo here’s some candy. oh but you can’t have any. you can’t even know what the candy looks like but boy it is SO GOOD!!
            If you know what you are saying he does not know, please teach unbelievers instead of mocking them for not believing. Many Christians started off as unbelievers and learned and believed because of all sorts of reasons. Without our help, how do you expect someone to know what you are trying to help them to turn to Jesus?
            Blessings!

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You’re making a lot of assumptions here. It’d probably be best to stay out of a conversation when you don’t know the particulars.

          • ppp777

            ” Love ” grrr

          • Eldrida Urika

            Life isn’t all about you or Christians vs non-believers either.
            As I told you above you are the one who is wrong about the flag being appropriated.
            Do you not understand the inference behind that image of the hands?
            Are you aware of the world full of LGBT now have equal rights the same as you do.
            There is no possible connection to gays and abortion. NONE.
            Show me where there is one. and don’t give me that baloney about the pamphlet because I have looked at it and I am an honest Christian who can not ignore the implication that the Christians who distributed the pamphlets were telling those who took them and read them that gays are responsible for abortion. That’s a Lie and the Lord does not like a Liar, no he surely does not.
            This is more than libel to the LGBTQ community. It’s a very definite SIN to lie and God will judge them for it at the end, so lying to try to stop anything there is a valid Christian scripture for, by implicating ANYONE of ANYTHING is a very bad sin.
            Too many Christians here seem to forget to apply the Word of God to their posts about things they find offensive.
            This board is to discuss the articles and anyone should be able to give their opinions. If there is any other discussion, it should not be the case of flinging names or descriptions of others that are critical of the person. Jesus would ever do that and Christians should not either. Jesus was only critical of the sin. Not the person, nor was he ever sarcastic, or humiliating anyone except believers going against the Word of God.
            We are supposed to reflect the character of Jesus and think before we do or say things so we don’t make Jesus look bad by our behavior.
            What I say is in the scriptures. why do others not recognize the behavior as not Christ-like?
            Michael C has been nothing but polite with his posts to you. He is treating you the way he wants you to treat him. Does that sound familiar? You have no reason to belittle him as he has not intentionally tried to make any references about you which are belittling to you. So as a Christian, I implore you, as a follower of Christ, to review your sins and find the ones you have not realized were sins and repent for them. Jesus told us to help our brethren to stay on the straight path, so that is what I am doing. Obeying the command of Jesus.
            Blessings!

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Why are you following me around?

        • ppp777

          Satan .

    • MCrow

      Then that man broke the law and should face penalties. Same as happened in the article. Laws must apply equally or they are meaningless.

      • Recognizing_Truth

        …that was the point…
        Liberals do NOT apply the laws equally. It is blatantly obvious, but few seem to take notice, or care.

        • MCrow

          I expect the owner will be sued in due time. Discriminating based on religion is against the law, so he’ll probably lose. However, this is also why anyone who owns a public business has to provide service, so a Christian can’t deny service based on who they serve either.

          The UK has a different understanding of religion and has far less tolerance for stuff like this, so I expect the owner is probably going to lose his case.

      • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Laws at one time said blacks were inhuman and mere property. Just because something is law doesn’t make it just.

        • MCrow

          Okaaaay…do you think that the guy who kicked out Christians shouldn’t be sued, then? Because that’s what you’re disagreeing with

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Actually, it isn’t, but I’m not surprised you are unaware of specifics of both cases.

          • ThePantomimePrincessMargaret

            And you are?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Obviously

  • Lydia Church

    Simply put, a Christian cannot do anything against the faith, like designing something that contradicts the message of Christianity. It is like signing a letter that says you renounce your faith, so we cannot do it; will not do it; period. The devil knows this and has his servants out singling out Christians for persecution in this way. A true Christian will pass the test by refusing to do this thing, examples abound lately. So basically what has happened is that ‘krystalnacht’ of the holocaust in Germany has come upon the Christians here, in other words you can’t safely have a business here as a Christian anymore. Anyone not familiar with that term needs a quick lesson on the internet.

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The intolerant left.

  • Vince

    Target a Christian business,
    then play like a victim.

    • Etranger

      I did not see where Afford a Print was a Christian business. Seemed like it was a printing shop.