On a Friday afternoon at Campbell's Bakery in
Fondren, owner Mitchell Moore stays busy.
Not just with the cakes and cookies that made this bakery a
Jackson staple, but also a sticker featured prominently on his front door which
reads: "We don't discriminate. If you're buying, we're selling."
"We hoped really that we as business owners could finally
speak for ourselves and not have politicians speaking for us," Moore said.
When he saw the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration
Act gaining momentum, he says he saw it as a threat to not only his business,
but others across the state.
"They kept using business as an excuse, saying, you
know, ‘We need this for businesses so that we can prevent discrimination
against Christians,'" Moore said.
"We're in Mississippi. I've never been
discriminated against as a Christian."
So Moore came up with the idea for the sticker, one that's
already found its way to around 400 businesses in Mississippi alone.
In fact, that's why at least one person came by the bakery
"I think this law that just passed doesn't really
represent what the majority of Mississippi wants, and it certainly doesn't
represent what I want," resident Emily Hobart said. "I just really want to
offer some support."
Hobart wants the sticker for her booth at the Flowood Arts
and Crafts Fair, which takes place on Saturday.
She's not the only one who believes in the new initiative,
though. La Finestra owner Tom Ramsey says someone's sexual or
religious preference shouldn't determine whether or not they eat at his
"The mere implication that I might want to turn somebody
away because of religious preferences is, it's not what I believe in. That's
why we're proud to have this [sticker] on the door," Ramsey said. "This is who
we are. We're a business that wants to welcome everybody in the doors."
Some might say Moore's pushing the stickers for profit or
speaking out for political gain. He says that's not the case.
"It may be political, but I'm not making that stance," said Moore.
"This is about business. This is about a business owner and local business
saying, 'Hey, don't listen to the politicians. We will sell our product to
Those stickers are free for anyone interested in getting one. Moore said they've received
interest from LGBT organizations as far away as Chicago and Atlanta.
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