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Old 01-26-2017, 09:08 AM   #1
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Yes, Politics has invaded the Fiber and Needle Arts.

Straight up Libertarianism although she may not know it.

A tax paying small business owner, rejecting sales even though she know it will impact the bottom line.

Buyers who disagree decide not to buy from her shop.

Both Libertarianism.

I wonder if someone will take a page from the gay cake/Christian baker and sue her? (Not Libertarianism.)

Yarn shop won't sell to 'women's movement' supporters

Ray Howze*

NASHVILLE — A knitting shop in Tennessee is asking those who want yarn for any project relating to the recent "women's movement" to go elsewhere.*
In a Facebook post Tuesday, The Joy of Knitting asks that "if you want yarn for any project for the women's movement that you please shop for yarn elsewhere," and said the "vulgarity, vile and evilness of this movement is absolutely despicable."

On Saturday, more than 2*million*people across the country and around world marched in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington in support of social justice issues.

What began as a Facebook post by a Hawaii grandmother the day after*Hillary Clinton's loss in November's election blossomed into a massive protest uniting people of all ages, races and religions*who crowded downtown Washington. They called for a "revolution" as a bulwark against the new administration and the Republican-led Congress they fear will roll back reproductive, civil and human rights.

The Facebook post, signed by the Franklin, Tenn., shop's owner, Elizabeth Poe, had more than 2,100 shares and more than 2,000 comments by Wednesday morning.

Some responses on Facebook offered support, while many did not agree with the post and went as far as to call for a boycott.

Many marchers from Saturday wore pink knitted hats as part of the movement.

"You are an example of a strong woman with strong beliefs voicing a strong opinion and I applaud you for it," one comment posted by Facebook user Kristy Hoevener Hall read.

"Thank you Elizabeth, I'm sure some people will have a problem with this, but they are the same ones who were gleeful when certain celebs and congressmen boycotted the inauguration," Facebook user Linda Perfetti Vashlishan wrote. "It's ok for them, but not for you. There are plenty of us out there who respect your beliefs and your right to follow what is in your heart."

Other comments were not so supportive.

Holly McCall, a former Democratic*candidate for a state House seat in Williamson County, Tenn., also commented on the post.

"Franklin native here. Resident still. Knitter," McCall wrote. "I'll spread the word buyers must agree with your narrow judgments."

On Yelp, the response was much of the same from users. Prior to Tuesday, the shop's last review came in 2013. There were more than three pages of other reviews by Wednesday that cited the post as reasons to shop elsewhere.

In her shop Wednesday, Poe said her phone has been ringing nonstop since Tuesday and she has received "more positive private messages" than were on her Facebook post.

"This is starting to undermine their efforts," Poe said about the movement. "The topless women? I think if you want to get your point across you need to do it the right way and I just think that walking around dressed as a vulva*is gross. Hatred is not acceptable speech."

Poe said she views her knitting shop as a place people can come and find friends and family. She said she decided to post on her shop's Facebook page because she was upset with things said recently, particularly Madonna's speech in Washington on Saturday.

McCall, while saying she likes to see any type of political participation, said in a phone interview Wednesday that Poe's kind of post and reaction could be indicative of the future.

"She has the right to sell to whoever she wants to," McCall said. "I think she will lose some customers but also gain some customers.

"But what I think is more indicative, is I think we’re going to see a rise in the progressive movement much of the way the Tea Party came about during Obama’s presidency."

Despite the negative response Poe has received on social media, she said she doesn't plan to take down the post.

"I'm pro-rights, but I have to draw the line with the trajectory this movement has taken," Poe said. "They're alienating their supporters. I'm not going to stop (supporting women) but I'm not going to condone that."
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