Software company refuses service to pro-life group over abortion, marriage views
TORONTO, March 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A U.S. company that provides software solutions to nonprofit organizations has refused service to the Canadian pro-life group Campaign Life Coalition, accusing it of supporting “hate, prejudice and bigotry."
CLC's Jack Fonseca told LifeSiteNews.com that recently Campaign Life Coalition asked an information technology (IT) consultant to help improve its business processes.
"He searched for a database solutions company that specializes in non-profits like ours," Fonseca told LifeSiteNews. The IT specialist found a company called The Databank, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The consultant also found an endorsement from a Jesuit retreat center in Atlanta, Georgia, on the testimonials page of the Databank's website.
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"We are very happy with thedatabank so much (sic) that we have encouraged other Jesuit Retreat Centers to use it," said Sharon Machek of Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center.
But Fonseca says that after filling out a form on the company’s website to view a free online demo on behalf of CLC, the consultant received an email reply from Bridget Kelly, The Databank’s sales manager. It stated, “Please continue your search for nonprofit software. Our company values are not a good fit for your organization's mission. There is no need to view our online demonstration today. Thank you.”
At that point the consultant wrote a strongly worded e-mail to the company, calling its decision "outrageous. The company’s CEO, Chris Hanson, wrote back, and far from apologizing, dug in his heels. “Campaign Life Coalition positions on just about every issue are in direct contradiction with not only our personal beliefs and company mission, but also many organizations we currently work with,” he said.
“Sorry if you feel offended by Bridget’s response but I’m offended by organizations that seek to violate and restrict the human rights of women, gays, lesbians and others. The only amicable resolution for hate, prejudice and bigotry is to eliminate it.”
According to Fonseca, “The IT executive, who had no prior connection to CLC and works in the secular world, was absolutely stunned that a company providing a morally neutral product, i.e. database software, would discriminate against a pro-life organization over their moral and ethical beliefs."