Friday, May 8

And finally, my response to the whole Orlando Gardens fiasco

This is the e-mail I sent to Michael Orlando:

Dear Mr. Orlando,

My name is SasZ and you helped me plan and book the Faith Aloud (formerly MORCRC) banquet last year. I just wanted to register my personal shock and dismay over your recent denouncement of our organization and work.

While I recognize the importance of living faithfully and the impact this can have on your business practices, I truly believe that helping women and families navigate these personal health decision is important, moral, and even faithful work.

Although I am no longer a staff member at Faith Aloud as I am now attending graduate school in another state, I have strong ties to the Saint Louis community. I regret to inform you that I will no longer be recommending your services, and will be my friends and family to boycott Orlando Gardens.




Show Me No Hate said...

Bravo and thank you for your letter. Visit, a comprehensive website including a complete list of folks (like yourself) who are boycotting Orlando Gardens. It will also include a database of St. Louis alternative banquet centers who remain to stay in the restaurant and not the morality business.

The website is ready to launch, so please pass the url to every Catholic, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, and Atheist you know. I urge all religious folks to be cautious when visiting Orlando Gardens. What happened with Faith Aloud can happen with your wedding, business event, or holiday party. Do you want Mike Orlando to book your event based strictly on his Catholic test?

Orlando Gardens needs to be exposed for its discrimination based solely on religious doctrine.