Imagine you run a commercial photography studio.  The following scenario arises:  


A potential client calls; it's the 'Holy Church of God is More Colourful than a Baboon's Arse' (not a real church, just in case you were wondering).  This church wants some promotional shots of the congregation.  You end the call saying you will provide a quote (as normal), and then quickly google the church to get a sense of their needs.  My search turns up that this church is strongly homophobic.  Wetboro Baptist Church level homophobic (you can swap that out with anything comparable that you find abhorrent if gay rights ain't your thing)


The question: placed in such a situation, would you refuse to provide service?

[edited this post to make it clear that I'm not looking for what I should do; I'm looking for what other people would do in this situation, or a similar scenario].

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I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who is a jerk. Let's face it, would you really do work for people like Westboro Baptist church or other hate groups. Money and profit be damned, you've got to have some level of principles in your life and business or you're just not much of a human being.
I think there are several ways to see this. Morals are good and easy to follow if your a single man. They're also easy if your married with kids if you have lots of money. If your married with kids and no money then your moral high ground is ok but it wont feed or put clothes on your family. Kind of stupid for a man to say I cant take this job on moral grounds while his kids starve. The truth is morals are good but honoring your commitments or important too. Trying to be to moral only makes you a dick. Some people have the money to afford the right of uncompromising morals but look at it from another point of view. They surely think there view is moral as well. Dont be the guy with the moral superiority complex. You dont like there views? Fine but your doing a job, not making friends.
Maybe, maybe not. Depends on my current financial situation at the time. There are times yo can preserve you ethical integrity and there are other times when your integrity is a petty concern contrast having a roof over your head. They're paying you for a service, nothing more. If that service includes you making propaganda then I would reject the job opp. However, if they want landscape shots or a few photos of a happy couple or other generic Hallmarky type shit then why not? It's not like a basic photo will haunt you. If you were a tailor would you not make them a suit? Just jack up the price a little. If I were comfortable financially and could afford to NOT service them, I would simply tell them I was atheist... I might even tell 'em I'm gay just to see where it went from there... I honestly don't know. It would depend on my mood, I'd might fight the urge to fuck with 'em a little.
Is their money green? Then I'd take it, lol.

I once was hired to design a website for a church's Pro-Life group. It was disgusting, but nobody said I had to AGREE with it. I just put the crap they gave me and cashed the check. Besides which, they have a right to express their ignorant opinion and who am I to stand in the way of that?

I'd put the money in the bank and wash my hands of it, personally :)
Lol, good one. Only thing is I dont see the relevance. nobody is talking about killing anyone here. Just talking about doing a job if you dont hold the same beliefs as the people hiring you.
If you consider that the killing people is stated as a pro then the lesser stake of taking a photo still applies. If you'd be willing of off someone you should be willing to take their photo. The sentiment is valid and applicable. 'Do it and forget about it' is relevant to the topic.
Accept the job, do the shoot and on the proofs, photoshop in "Proud gay bigots". :)
Take their money and make a pro-bono gay rights shots.

I wouldn’t refuse them business. What good does that do? They can just go somewhere else. I would take their money and be happy with the fact that a church is paying a baby-eating, devil-worshiping, god-hating heathen to do something. If you really didn’t want to do it, I’d quote them an outrageous price. If that doesn’t scare them off, you can take pleasure in knowing that the money you get will go to something other than religion… perhaps you could donate the “extra” money toward a cause that the church opposes.

Just a theory but, I see starting a business as entering a contract with the community. The business is there to service some need which the community has (in this case promotional photography) and the Church of "God is more colourful than a Baboon's Arse" is a part of that community....probably has been since before the business existed. On that basis, I would ignore their anti-gay heritage and take their business (charging full price of course).

I say do whatever you feel is right at the time, so long as you aren't breaking any laws. If I was in a position to be able to, i think I might decline the job. You could probably get out of by stating a conflict of interest (I'm assuming you are atheist). In the end I wouldn't think either choice would be an unusual outcome from such a situation.

If anyone came to me specifically wanting me to do something that directly spews hate toward another, be it they are gay, black, Muslim, or purple people eaters, I would definitely refuse. In that case, I believe I would have a case because of the hateful message. The murkier part of the whole deal is if someone came to me for work that shows nothing of their true hatred, no gay-bashing language, etc., but I know that they actively spew such rhetoric, like Westboro, that would be a little more difficult to say no to legally, I think. Right now I have a zazzle store online where I sell my designs on tshirts and other items. I have some Buddhist and Hindu quotes because I like the message (none refer to a god) and of course, designs for secular humanists and atheists. I do not have anything in reference to the Christian or Muslim religions because I don't want to be associated with them. Thankfully, I don't have anyone requesting that I do that and I have the right to create, or not create, a design for someone asking for something along those lines. I would politely steer them to another zazzle store where they specialize in religious designs instead.

I don't believe in saying no just because I'm not a Christian, but I do believe in saying no if that church or individual is into blatant hate-ranting. I can't support that for anyone.


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