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Minnesota Company Enacts Own 'Religious Freedom Law', Boycotts Seattle Products in Response to Mayor
A Minnesota company is banning products from Seattle until they drop their own bans on Indiana travel. "I Can Play Violin!" (www.ViolinForMyKids.com) spokesperson Brooks Hanes stated Tuesday he stands for own customers rely on freedom of speech.
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"No Starbucks, no Seattle's best, no Microsoft products, nothing of the sort will be consumed until the mayor lifts this ridiculous travel ban." Hanes went on to conclude that the ban was "In essence a power grab to make a point that needs not be made."
Hanes believes that a "public official should represent the public by vote and not by boycott," but that a private company may do as it sees fit.
Hanes' company has been providing musical resources for the public, without discrimination, for several years. Home-based violin learning--catering toward homeschooling families--is non-discriminatory, although many have deemed it religious by nature.
"A person should not feel as if she is able to travel when and where she wants, at any point in time, save possessing a criminal background. This is the beauty of freedom of movement between states, and is a unique and beautiful freedom we possess.
"No public official has the legal right to ban this travel, and it is a power play in order to make a statement," he concluded.