However, despite the High School Musical aspects and the parade of mediocre “mash ups” that pepper the episodes, their feature song is normally very good and often emotional. This past week was no different and their rendition of “Imagine” by John Lennon with a deaf school chorus (despite the obvious theatrics of that gimmick) actually moved me to tears.
For me, it was not the cheap theatrics of the moment but rather hearing this beautiful, yet simple declaration of a peaceful worldview again.
Rachel Maddow did a segment on her show the other evening about a site merchandising Psalm 109 against President Obama.
I realized the site in question was CafePress.com since I also have a site there. While the segment was running I did a quick search of CafePress to find the products. Sure enough, there they were in all their glory.
I quickly sent an email to CafePress through the Customer Service link explaining that the items violated the CafePress TOS because they promoted hate and violence.
I am quite disturbed that CafePress is allowing and promoting merchandise calling for the assassination of the President of the United States. While I'm all for free speech (even tasteless Obama/Hitler crap) this crosses a line into possibly criminal behavior.
The shop in question is: http://www.cafepress.com/(removed)
You will notice it quotes a Bible verse. The next lines of that prayer are this: Let his children be childless and his wife be a widow.
There is little other interpretation than this "prayer" design is calling for the death of the President and in Biblical context that death is a violent one ended by assassination.
I got back the following email from CafePress:
Thank you for contacting CafePress.com!
As you may know, CafePress.com provides an automated service to a rich and vibrant community of international users. Unfortunately, because our service is automated, sometimes content that is not consistent with our Offensive Material & Prohibited Content policy is posted on CafePress.com. We appreciate that you have brought this content to our attention and it has been removed from our site. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Your ticket code is (removed). Please use this code in any further communication.
Content Usage Associate
(650) 655-3104 (O)
(650) 240-0260 (F)
So, a small victory in having such offensive things removed and stopping these people from making money on advocating for the assassination of our President.
If you are on CafePress and run across similar items (I’m sure they’ll be back exploiting the automated service with a new email or shop ID) please click the Customer Service link and include the URL of the shop and item and explain that this violates the CafePress TOS. They seem very responsive and quick to remove such obnoxious items from their service.