Persecution in America

Christian closes New York store over abortion law

January 27, 2019

Protesting New York state’s new law legalizing abortions up to birth, a bookstore owner in Syracuse closed his store rather than collect sales tax for the state.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Tuesday after the state Senate and Assembly passed it. reported Jon Speed, owner of The Book Scout, announced Wednesday he closed his store for “a day of mourning in New York” after the bill was signed.

Speed posted a sign in a store window stating: “Closed Today. This is a day of mourning in New York State. We will not collect sales tax today for a tyrannical government that murders babies. We will resume regular business tomorrow, collecting sales tax under duress. End abortion Now.”

“I obviously can’t stop paying sales tax to the state of New York — I can’t do that altogether, although I would like to, but I can’t,” he said. “So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll put a sign up on the front window of the store and say we’re closed [Wednesday] and express our thoughts on it, just so we can make a statement.'”

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