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Children’s Museum That Discriminated Against Gay Couple Demands Apology For Backlash

The Hands On Children’s Museum in Jacksonville, Florida is continuing to claim that it does not discriminate against same-sex families, and is now complaining about the backlash it has received on the internet for doing just that.

This past weekend, a same-sex couple reported that the museum tried to charge them an extra $10 for a family membership because the policy only applied to families with “a mom and a dad.” Responding to the internet outcry, the museum refused to recognize same-sex families and instead raised the price for all families. In a new statement rife with grammatical errors, the museum claims it “has never discriminated against anyone” and objects to the protests and boycotts launched online, demanding an apology:

The Jacksonville “Hands On” Children’s Museum has never discriminated against anyone. But in fact the “Hands On” Children’s Museum , it’s employees, the board members, the donators and sponsors, the director, the directors family and her husbands church are being discriminated against, attacked and threatened. The director was yelled at and screamed at and feels the Hands On Children’s Museum deserves an apology for how the museum is being treated. This is a children’s museum. [...]

We do not demand that others adhere to our religious beliefs, neither should they demand that we adhere to theirs. We are open and welcoming to all because our mission is to serve families and children. Unfortunately the hatred and vitriol has been directed at our families and staff is causing concern.

The following facts remain true: the Hands On Children’s Museum did discriminate against a same-sex couple by trying to charge them more than a heterosexual family. The museum proceeded to then secretly change its membership pricing to punish all families just to make sure that same-sex families could not access the same deal. At no point have the owners acknowledged their discrimination, nor apologized for it, yet they believe they deserve an apology for the backlash. The museum is not being “discriminated against” — it is being rightly protested for an unsavory business practice.

Harassment through actions like threatening phone calls is deplorable, and it’s unfortunate that some have targeted the museum in this way. Nevertheless, it has not taken responsibility for its discriminatory actions and must face the public reaction to this insult to the gay community.

by Anonymousreply 1006/15/2013

I wonder if they bothered to correct the grammatical errors and repost (I asumed it's on the museum's website).

by Anonymousreply 106/14/2013

Why do the bullies and bigots always cast themselves as the victims? It's so damn common it's cliché.

by Anonymousreply 206/14/2013

They need to add a hyphen to their name. "Hands-on" means "interactive," which is what they're going for. Without the hyphen, though, it sounds like a place to touch children (inappropriately).

by Anonymousreply 306/14/2013




by Anonymousreply 406/15/2013

Well I ain't brining mah chirren they no mo!

by Anonymousreply 506/15/2013

The arrogance of hate.

by Anonymousreply 606/15/2013

Times are a changin. Of course it won't be without a struggle, but I predict within 5 years they will accept gay families and change their name to Children's Jazz Hands Museum.

by Anonymousreply 706/15/2013

Hands On Children's Museum

sounds like something a pedophile would call his penis

by Anonymousreply 806/15/2013

[quote]Why do the bullies and bigots always cast themselves as the victims? It's so damn common it's cliché.

Because it usually works out well for them. (See Chick-Fil-A.) Just watch -- church youth groups from all over the state will be making a 4 hour pilgrimage to this children's museum to "support" them.

by Anonymousreply 906/15/2013

Exactly, R9. Nothing binds people together more in their mutual delusions than their shared victimhood. (c.f. Michfest)

by Anonymousreply 1006/15/2013
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