Texas Right to Life was shocked that Moleskine, a high-end paper company that sells notebooks and accessories, on principle declines business with Pro-Life organizations. Despite printing notebooks with logos from casino and pharmaceutical companies, Moleskine refused to print the Texas Right to Life logo on notebook covers, deeming the emblem of Texas’s oldest and largest Pro-Life organization “too controversial.” Controversial? How is the logo of an organization engaged in education and public outreach on myriad Life issues “controversial?” The real controversy is the discrimination toward advocates for Life.
The Moleskine website markets the brand as “synonymous with culture, travel, memory, imagination, and personal identity.” One might not expect a paper company to harbor anti-Life bias and prejudice against religious organizations. Unfortunately, for people who advocate conservative positions, surprises like this are not new.
Not only did Moleskine reject embossing Texas Right to Life’s logo, a memo explaining the decision reveals that the company refuses to print any religious symbols. In addition to rejecting Texas Right to Life, Moleskine thumbs their nose at all religious groups, churches, and organizations. Christians who wish to order a church logo or religious symbol printed on notebooks have to look elsewhere, just as Texas Right to Life has had to do, despite our willingness to pay (before we discovered their prejudice and leftist political agenda).
A look at the company’s “Social Responsibility” page demonstrates their posturing as an apolitical company. The page touts Moleskine’s publication of Good50X70 Anthology, a collection of posters “bringing together a rich variety of posters on themes such as global warming, environmental issues and sexual health”—clearly political topics, very controversial political topics.
Even more telling, Moleskine boasts support for the Global Fund. A visit to the website of the Global Fund provides a list of some of the initiatives supported by the allegedly humanitarian organization, among them: “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.” According to the Global Fund, this category includes access to so-called “safe abortion.” How any abortion can be “safe” is a mystery, since in every abortion a child dies. Women vulnerable to AIDS and malaria deserve real solutions, not abortion.
Moleskine refused to accept Texas Right to Life as a paying customer solely because Texas Right to Life advocates for Life, and Moleskine claims they will not do business with any overtly political or religious organization because such organizations are “too controversial.” Meanwhile, Moleskine publishes a collection of political posters and touts their charitable donations to an organization that pushes abortion in impoverished countries.
If you’d like to share your thoughts on this biased and inconsistent practice, visit the Moleskine website and submit your comment via “Contact Us.”
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