Melbournistan: Officeworks Censors Criticism of Islam Because “Holy” Ramadan

Officeworks ‘will not print anything that is offensive to Muslims and especially not in the holy month of Ramadan’

‘Absolutely I’ve been discriminated against’: ALA Activist claims Officeworks refused to let him print posters criticising Islam because it’s ‘the holy month of Ramadan’

  • Activist from the Australian Liberty Alliance was refused service by Officeworks
  • Avi Yemini and Ralf Schumann were attempting to print out anti-Islamic flyers
  • Store manager told them they were not allowed to, especially during Ramadan  
  • The activists insist they’re facing discrimination and denial of free speech

An activist who was refused service at Officeworks for attempting to print out anti-Islamic posters has hit out at the chain store, claiming his right to freedom of speech has been violated.

Avi Yemini and Ralf Schumann of the Australian Liberty Alliance are both regular customers at the Officeworks branch in South Melbourne: printing and laminating any materials there that are too large to print in their own office.

Like, for example, an armful of flyers for an upcoming rally they’ve organised in support of free speech and defense of Sonia Kruger.

The store manager allegedly told Mr Schumann that Officeworks 'will not print anything that is offensive to Muslims and especially not in the holy month of Ramadan'

The store manager allegedly told Mr Schumann that Officeworks ‘will not print anything that is offensive to Muslims and especially not in the holy month of Ramadan’

‘We went there this afternoon like we have for 3 or 4 years,’ Mr Schumann told Daily Mail Australia.

‘We went there this afternoon like we have for 3 or 4 years,’ Mr Schumann told Daily Mail Australia.

‘The chap on the counter puts the USB stick in like he always does, gets the first screen up like he always does – and calls his young manager over.

‘[The manager] then gives me a lecture on their shop policy and tells me that they will not print anything that is offensive to Muslims and especially not in the holy month of Ramadan.’

One of the posters declares that: ‘Criticising perverse ideologies is not racial discrimination. Islam does not equal race’.

The second features the face of Sonia Kruger – who is due to face the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal over blasphemy and vilification charges – alongside the text: ‘Mass blasphemy! Half of Australia agrees with Sonia #LetsTalkAboutIslam.’

The flyers were for an upcoming rally the Australian Liberty Alliance has organised in support of free speech and defense of Sonia Kruger

The flyers were for an upcoming rally the Australian Liberty Alliance has organised in support of free speech and defense of Sonia Kruger

Mr Schumann went on to explain how the store manager told him ‘we [Officeworks] can’t print these racist things.’

‘So I wrote a brief email to the manager to tell him that his store policy does not override federal or state anti-discrimination laws,’ said Mr Schumann.

‘These laws happen both ways: you can’t discriminate on religious grounds OR political grounds.’

Mr Schumann insists that, in this case, he’s the one who is the victim of discrimination.

‘Absolutely I’ve been discriminated against,’ he declared.

‘You go into a shop and they tell you ‘I don’t serve you because of your political opinion.’ Well, we’re happy to cry fowl over political discrimination.’

Mr Schumann (pictured) insists that, in this case, he's the one who is the victim of discrimination, saying 'These laws happen both ways: you can't discriminate on religious grounds OR political grounds'

Mr Schumann (pictured) insists that, in this case, he’s the one who is the victim of discrimination, saying ‘These laws happen both ways: you can’t discriminate on religious grounds OR political grounds’

Officeworks refused to comment when approached by Daily Mail Australia.

The company has, however, since posted a comment on a Facebook video that Mr Yemini uploaded on Friday.

In the video, Mr Yemini trumpets to his 168,000 followers how the chain store has disrespected his right to freedom of speech.

‘At Officeworks, we respect our customers’ right to free speech,’ the company’s comment reads.

‘However our policy prohibits customers from printing any materials which may be threatening, abusive or incite hatred on any person.

‘In relation to your recent visit to our South Melbourne store, our team member has misinterpreted the policy. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.’

Mr Yemini further claims the office supplies chain's refusal to print the posters is in violation of consumer law

Mr Yemini further claims the office supplies chain’s refusal to print the posters is in violation of consumer law

Mr Schumann asserts that: ‘Nothing on those two placards was in any way inciting violence or being nasty to any person or group of persons.’

Mr Yemini further claims that the office supplies chain’s refusal to print the posters is in violation of consumer law.

‘If they have a complaint under racial discrimination they can refuse it, but this wasn’t racial discrimination,’ he said.

‘We criticised Islam, and that in [the store clerk’s] eyes during the holy month of Ramadan is unacceptable. Unfortunately Officeworks took his side, protecting Islam before Australian values.’ 

One thought on “Melbournistan: Officeworks Censors Criticism of Islam Because “Holy” Ramadan”

  1. Isdamn is not a race! The flyer is accurate. Isdamn is a predatory way of life that enslaves people of all races although it originated in Arabia.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born Black and Muslim. She is no longer Muslim but she is still Black! If that offends ‘slimes, piss on them!

    Questioning, criticizing, mocking & resisting Isdamn is a natural right even if it offends Muslims. Sharing factual information about Islam & ‘slimes is a natural right even if that information makes ‘slimes objects of hatred. Genocidal terrorists deserve hate & condemnation!!

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