Portaloo company apologises for refusing service to atheists

Portaloo company apologises for refusing service to atheists July 22, 2016

Hop across to the website of Five Star Septic Services & Portable Toilet Rentals in Kentucky and you’ll see this message:

If you’re planning an event, whether a small party or a major festival, you may have already selected the entertainment and settled on food options, but did you remember to provide sanitary restroom facilities for your guests? This is one area where you definitely don’t want to cut corners and try to save money, because your guests will certainly notice! Luckily, Dry Ridge, KY, residents can depend on Five Star Septic Service & Portable Toilet Rentals for the highest-quality portable lavatories available.

Unless you happen to be an atheist organisation.
The portaloo company, according to this report, was contracted to provide toilets for the Tri-State Freethinkers – an atheist group with members from Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio – which had organised a protest at the opening of Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter. But on the day of the protest, July 7, Five Star reneged on the contract, arguing that it could not be associated with any protest against the the biblical theme park.
The group then had to quickly arrange a shuttle service to a nearby gas station for its members to use the restroom facilities on what was an extremely hot day.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation was incensed and blasted off a letter to the company.
The letter emphasised the fact that the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in “places of public accommodation”.
Five Star Septic and Portable Toilet Rentals is an affiliate of Arwood Waste and Demolition, which immediately got back to the FFRF offering an apology for the inconvenience caused, and assured the organisation that there would be no charges made to the MasterCard provided to them by the Tri-State Freethinkers.
An e-mail received by the President of Tri-State Freethinkers, Jim Helton, from the Associate Director of Communications of Arwood, Michael Nancarrow, said:

Sir, I do apologize for services having been refused to your organization by our affiliate company (Five Star Septic). I want you to know that this does not in any way reflect the values of Arwood Waste and, as such, certain measures will be taken to ensure that this kind of thing does not happen again.

Another company official assured Helton that in the future, Arwood would not be using Five Star Septic and Portable Toilet Rentals as a subcontractor.
Dan Barker, the Co-President of the  FFRF, said that the denial of services to an atheist group was a serious matter. It is a violation of fundamental rights.

FFRF is glad that Arwood realized their mistake, and immediately took the necessary steps to rectify the situation.

Meanwhile, the Ark Encounter (aka the Genocide and Incest Park) has been almost as much of a gift to satirists and comedians as Donald Trump. Here’s the Liberal Redneck’s hilarious take on this “ridiculous” $100-million monument to Christian stupidity:

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  • L.Long

    Nice to know that they will??? do better?? really and we know this because????? Unless another atheist group gets to do more and GETS the portapoos we will never know if they really are serious!!! Knowing LIARS4jesus as I do I would not bet on it! But then I’m a pessimist.

  • barriejohn

    A company spokesman said: “Oh, shit!”

  • AgentCormac

    Seems to me like a courteous, positive and appropriate response from Arwood Waste. Let’s hope someone at Five Star Septic gets their arse kicked for letting personal prejudices get in the way of company policy.

  • Angela_K

    “inconvenience”Well done Barry, sounds like a “Carry On” film.

  • Broga

    “as much of a gift to satirists and comedians as Donald Trump. ”
    After hearing parts of Trump’s acceptance speech as Presidential candidate I think he has gone beyond satire. Amongst many gems he is going to stop crime as soon as he is elected and he named the date: 20. 1. 2017.
    What he didn’t mention was how he was going to do this. The ecstatic howls of his demented supporters presage a new dark age if the clownish Trump is elected. That is, if he keeps his finger long enough off the nuclear button to allow enough time for the dark age to develop.

  • Richard W

    So are they saying he penny has fmally dropped?

  • Marcus

    I propose that Tri-State Freethinkers now change their name to Five Star Skeptics

  • AgentCormac

    Boom-boom! Very good!

  • Gill Kerry

    I know these religiots spout a load of shite, but really!!

  • Jobrag

    Broga, my fear is that Trump’s way of cutting crime in the USA will involve the nuclear button and a few American cities.

  • Stonyground

    The video about the Ark Park was quite funny. However, I thought that school trips to the park would be a positive thing. It seems to me that a serious lack of imagination is needed to see the Ark story as anything but ridiculous. But for those lacking such imagination, here is a life sized model to help them to see the light.

  • Broga

    @Jobrag: I remember hearing the story, which may be apocryphal, that a President having put all his energy into winning said, “What do we do now?”
    JFK said he was surprised how little power the president had.
    If Trump wins he has a hell of a lot to do to satisfy his simple minded supporters with their expectations. Apart from stopping crime “very, very soon” he also has that wall to build. The best way to get the country behind him is to have a major war. That may be his option.
    With Trump and that other nutter Kim Jong Whatsit in North Korea lusting after nuclear weapons we have a couple of charmers. They may blow millions to hell – or heaven if your mind is inclined in that direction.

  • Brummie

    Well said Broga.

  • I support a legal option for business owners to refuse service to customers. There are plenty of people I’d rather not take money from and I would extend that option to others.

  • I feel sick.

    Putin and Erdogan should get a mention to as those holding a lit match rather too close to the blue touch paper.

  • Broga

    @ I feel sick.: I agree. With the kind of narcissistic, power hungry people in charge and the absence of restraining politicians, who seem too ready to look away, I think your analogy to lit match and blue touch paper is a good one.
    Adding fuel to the flames in the USA is the conviction of so many that God has favoured them and they must come out on top. I heard the writer of Trump’s biography, “The Art of the Deal” interviewed last night on the World Service. He described Trump as easily bored and having the “attention span of an 11 year old with A.D.S.” He was disturbed at the thought of the bored Trump being briefed by generals.
    He described Trump as a man without principles who will switch to any cause that helps him. He regretted writing the biography where he was “Trump’s employee” i.e. his paid stooge. We see Trump’s appalling opportunism when, having slagged off Obama, he gets his wife to plagiarise Michelle Obama’s speech.

  • John

    Psychopath Trump could appoint Ham to build the wall.
    I would not criticise the portaloo providers too much.
    Their main function is to extract urine from good xians.
    Taking the piss out of atheists is altogether different.
    On a serious point, the biblical myth states that Noah and his three sons built the ark. It also states ‘When Noah was five hundred years old, he begat Shem, Ham and Japheth (Genesis 5:32). So, Noah (if he ever existed) would have been around 520 years of age when he started work on the structure.
    According to https://answersingenesis.org/bible-timeline/how-long-did-it-take-for-noah-to-build-the-ark/, construction took ’75 years at the most.’
    So Noah (ihee) would have been around 600 years old by the time the project was completed.
    According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah, ‘Noah died 350 years after the flood, at the age of 950, the last of the extremely long-lived antediluvian Patriarchs. The maximum human lifespan, as depicted by the Bible, diminishes rapidly thereafter, from almost 1,000 years to the 120 years of Moses. (Genesis 6:3; Deuteronomy 31:22; 34:37).
    How can any rational person be taken in by any of this utter nonsense?
    Of course, no mention is made about obtaining the gopher wood for the structure – a species unknown today – and how they sourced, hauled and applied massive amounts of boiling pitch to the outside of the structure.
    Has anyone worked out how long – starting from absolute scratch – it would take 4 men unassisted to design, cut and haul wood to one site, and then build such a structure, coating the whole structure with pitch?
    According to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3663211/If-build-come-Huge-100m-life-size-Noah-s-Ark-complete-baby-dinosaurs-aboard-prepares-finally-open-Kentucky-s-newest-tourist-attraction.html, it took Ham 6 years to build the structure – using modern construction equipment.
    How long does anyone think it took Noah and his three sons to build a structure of this size? Perhaps that is why he is just about the longest-lived person in the bible.
    According to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3663211/If-build-come-Huge-100m-life-size-Noah-s-Ark-complete-baby-dinosaurs-aboard-prepares-finally-open-Kentucky-s-newest-tourist-attraction.html, ‘In fact the ship can only fit in 30 pairs of animals – a rather disappointing step down from the two of every living creature Noah was supposed to have been able to fit on his. The creatures will differ slightly from their modern ancestors.’
    Ridiculous – or what? !!!
    One killer point I have heard advanced is that such a structure could not possibly float on water.
    It would end up breaking its back and would sink.
    Perhaps that explains why Ham chose to build it on land and not next to a body of water onto which it could have been launched?
    Oh he of little “faith”!

  • 1859

    Trump – an odious cretin whose bull-headed ignorance and self-importance shines through every word he utters. However, the fact that this grinning buffoon has the Republican nomination is an appalling indictment of American-style democracy – if you are wealthy enough and can put on the glitziest razzmatazz show on earth, you can buy your way to becoming President.
    My one sliver of hope is that, come November, there are still enough intelligent Americans who will outvote Trump’s demented followers. Let Reason bless America – the world is holding its breath.

  • John

    Based on her already established track record, Clinton could turn out even worse than Trump.
    Both candidates are equally appalling.
    The USA is completely screwed for the next 4+ years.
    The only one laughing all the way into the White House is Netanyahu.
    Both candidates have daughters married to ultra-extremist zionists.
    Whoever wins, the Palestinians and large parts of the Middle East will continue to suffer in agony.

  • Tony A

    “whoever wins, the Palestinians and large parts of the Middle East will continue to suffer in agony” So it’s all the fault of the Americans and Israel. Nothing to do with Sunni shiite civil war. Nothing to do with the Koran calling for death to the Jews. Nothing to do with Netanyahu having lost his brother to the Palestinians. Let’s blame the talented Jewish people some more. They haven’t been blamed enough in history. As for Trump, he is a buffoon. But he is right on the menace of Islam and hopefully Europe will follow his lead.

  • John

    Yes, you are right. It is all the fault of the US and Israel.
    You need to improve your historic/geographic knowledge.
    There is no Sunni-Shiite conflict in historic Palestine.
    That has been fomented in places like Iraq, Libya and Syria, due principally to US, UK, French, Saudi, Qatari, Turkish and Israeli trouble-making.
    Yonatan (Yoni) Netanyahu died in Entebbe, Uganda – not in historic Palestine.
    How about the father – Benzion Netanyahu – who acted as secretary to Jabotinsky, a fascist-inclined racist? What can you tell us about him and how he – and the death of his brother – have warped the mind of Bibi Netantanyhu?
    You don’t mention Jean-Jacques Mimouni, Pasco Cohen and Ida Borochovitch. Why is that?
    Don’t these victims of Israeli friendly fire or collateral damage count at all in your mind?
    How about Dora Bloch, who was murdered by Idi Amin’s Ugandan troops in her hospital bed?
    Does she not count simply because she was elderly?
    I am not blaming Jewish people for anything.
    They can’t help their unfortunate connections with lunatics like Netanyahu, Bennett and the other supremacist racists now running Israel.
    Most decent Jews I know are thoroughly appalled and ashamed by the conduct of the Tel Aviv regime, which brings the good reputation of all Jews into question.
    It is not their fault that Israel has been taken over by an utterly vile regime – is it?
    Any more than it will be for Americans when either Trump or Clinton take over the USA presidency next year.

  • Personally, I wouldn’t be seen dead in a portaloo. Ghastly things.

  • Tony A

    The divide between Shias and Sunnis is a complicated unholy mess resulting from the dispute over succession following Muhammad’s death in 632, has been festering ever since and clearly predates what you choose to term US UK, French etc. etc. Israeli trouble-making.
    Of course I know that brave Yonatan Netanyahu died at Entebbe. But the plane was hijacked by PFLP terrorists, aided by a couple of deranged Germans, probably hoping to add their 2 pfennig’s worth to the holocaust achievement.
    Then you go on to smear Benzo Netanyahu by association. Yes he was an ardent Zionist and security obsessed. (Can you blame him?) But he was also a secularist and the author of a brilliant 1400 pages account of the Spanish Inquisition and a professsor at Cornell University. Militant though he was in the protection of Israel can you give me a single quote in all his writings where he asks for Muslims or Palestinians to be eliminated? I can give you plenty coming from the opposite direction.
    It grieves me that even (some) Freethinker readers cannot get it into their heads that Israel (and the Jewish people collectively) after centuries of pogroms, culminating in the holocaust and surrounded as they are by people who wish them dead, have no option but to arm themselves to the teeth, build walls and never again let their peaceful productive lives be menaced by murderous religious bullies. I am not a Jew, but if I were I would adopt exactly the same mindset. No doubt you will want to come back with further acrobatics supporting your ‘poor Palestinians’ stance but before you do ask yourself where is Israel’s stated intention to eliminate all Palestinians and then ask the opposite question.

  • John

    Where to start?
    Benzion Netanyahu (Hebrew: IPA: [?bentsijon netan?jahu]; born Benzion Mileikowsky; March 25, 1910 – April 30, 2012.
    In 1940, Netanyahu went to New York to be secretary to Jabotinsky, who was seeking to build American support for his militant New Zionists. Jabotinsky died the same year, and Netanyahu became executive director of the New Zionist Organization of America, the political rival of the more moderate Zionist Organization of America.
    He held the post until 1948 [which is when the Nakba was launched, resulting in half of all Palestinians being forced out of their homeland].
    As executive director, Netanyahu was one of the Revisionist movement’s leaders in the United States during World War II.
    Netanyahu believed in Greater [Eretz] Israel.
    When the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was published (November 29, 1947), he joined others who signed a petition against the plan.
    In 1949, he returned to Israel, where he tried to start a political career but failed.
    Relentlessly hawkish, he believed that the “vast majority of Israeli Arabs would choose to exterminate us if they had the option to do so”.
    In his younger days, he had been strongly in favour of the idea of Arab transfer out of Palestine.
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzion_Netanyahu.
    For a clear exposition of his views, see http://972mag.com/the-late-benzion-netanyahus-appalling-views-on-arabs/44215/, which is most revelatory, as are some of the comments.
    Is it any wonder that his son Binyamin grew up so twisted?
    People like Netanyahu – father, son and brothers – murdered, raped and looted their way to power in Palestine after having first murdered many British soldiers and police officers.
    That whole 1947-1949 Nakba episode is one of complete shame over British betrayal of the Palestinian people and their abandonment to the untender mercies of terrorist gangs like the Haganah, Irgun and Stern gangs.
    Frankly, their behaviour then and since has been wholly indefensible.
    British governments since 1914 have acted in a racist supremacist manner towards the Palestinians, which the Israel regime has continued with ever since 1948.
    The present regime is truly vile and should be made to return back to Europe and North America so as to bring this shameful colonisation episode to an end once and for all time.

  • Tony A

    John; Let me start with a remarkable statement of yours: “people like Netanyahu – father, son and brothers – murdered, raped and looted their way to power in Palestine after having first murdered many British soldiers and police officers” So NOT the Netanyahus then but people like them. Can you explain how people who did things that the Netanyahus did not do are like them? A staggering piece of sophistry that one.
    It is true that Benzo N and to a lesser extent his son Benjamin have a low opinion of Arabs but you have conveniently overlooked the massive body of hatred and aggression expressed in the other camp. Just google “Palestinian political violence” for reams of data on threatened and actual violence. I repeat my previous question which of course you can’t answer: “Where exactly do the Netanyahus ask for the elimination of the Palestinians?”
    You mention that Benzo opposed the UN Partition Plan but you conveniently ignore the fact that the Palestinians rejected it too.
    I agree that the Irgun and Stern organisations committed acts of terrorism and violence but so did the Arabs in a tit for tat and since the British were quite ready to execute the Jewish resistance fighters, they were on the receiving end of retaliation too. Nevertheless the subsequent Jewish government of the newly established state was quick to condemn the Irgun actions and forced them to be disbanded. Compare this to what goes on in the Gaza strip where terrorists are voted into power.
    The Irgun- Stern skirmishes served as a helpful rehearsal for serious armed conflict when within days of the establishment of the Jewish state Arab League countries Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan and Syria, aided by volunteers from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Yemen, Sudan and Morocco fell upon the fletchling state with the sole purpose of its extermination, proving Benzo right in your unwisely presented quote that “the vast majority of Israeli Arabs would choose to exterminate us if they had the option to do so”.
    Let me quote another one of your worrisome statements: “The present regime is truly vile and should be made to return back to Europe…….etc”. So there we have it: another dose of transportation for the perfidious Jews. Let’s try to resurrect Eichmann for the job.
    From your lofty, regressive left, virtue signalling perch, you clearly haven’t yet understood that after many centuries of persecution, pogroms and finally genocide, the Jewish people have realised that the only way they can defend themselves from murderous bullies, driven by envy and religious rage, is to form their own nation state, arm themselves to the teeth and never again show weakness. Israel knows that weakness equals annihilation. That is why the Netanyahus and before them the Jabotinskis, Begins, Sterns, Dayans, Rabins and others speak and act as they do out of shear self-preservation.
    You will understand John, that at this level I am not prepared to continue this discussion with you. I knew you had lost the plot when weirdly you tried to blame the Israelis for the death of Jewish hostage Dora Bloch. So by all means have a last attempt at smearing the Jewish state and its courageous leaders but be careful not to damage your sinking reputation even further.

  • John

    I did not claim that Dora Bloch was murdered by the Israelis. If you read what I actually said, it was that she ‘was murdered by Idi Amin’s Ugandan troops in her hospital bed.’
    I also said ‘I am not blaming Jewish people for anything.’ because ‘They can’t help their unfortunate connections with lunatics like Netanyahu, Bennett and the other supremacist racists now running Israel.’.
    You must resists the temptation to confuse things done in the name of the present racist supremacist state of Israel with the world-wide community of Jews.
    Jews are not responsible for the actions of the Tel Aviv regime.
    I will accept that the rhetoric coming out of the mouths of Israeli and Palestinian politicians leaves a great deal to be desired but the ones with the real power to change things – Netanyahu and his band of brigands – only ever act to make the situation there worse.
    The Palestinian people have ended up being led by the Fatah and Hamas factions, which only ever seem to act to their detriment.
    Ultimately, it is the Israelis who hold all the military trump cards, as they have done since before 1948.
    The problem is – as many former military and intelligence officers have outlined – is that the Israeli political leadership lacks the honesty, decency, courage and compassion to extend the real hand of friendship to the Palestinian people, who – I am convinced from visits to Israel and the Occupied West Bank – would now take and work with Israel to achieve a truly settled outcome, possibly even accepting – to some extent – some of the present so-called settler communities.
    Netanyahu has made a two-state solution impossible.
    What needs to emerge is a single state in which all – Jews, Muslims, Christians and Secularists – all have legal constitutionally guaranteed equal rights and status.
    Unfortunately, Netanyahu lacks the necessary qualities to achieve such an outcome so the problem of Palestine will continue to fuel international conflict for years and decades to come, until such time as a more wise leadership and people emerges inside Israel.

  • Tony A

    I will stick to my resolve not to continue with this particular topic but I will say that I appreciate your dignified response to my in retrospect excessively harsh criticism of your views.