No gays allowed sign

“Christianity is under attack,” says Jeff Amyx. “This is a great win, don’t get me wrong, but this is not the end, this is just the beginning.”


The Supreme Court’s recent Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling brought cheers from religious freedom groups and groans from LGBT rights organizations. But in an unlikely turn of events, the majority of public attention following the decision was not concentrated on Washington D.C., where the court ruling was handed down, or on Colorado, where the baker originally took his stand against gay marriage.

Instead, of all places, the world turned its eyes to a small town in Eastern Tennessee.

There, on the door of a local hardware store, is a handwritten sign that reads “No Gays Allowed.” After a photo of the sign was posted online, it quickly became the top trending topic on Twitter, and was seen by millions around the globe. The sign generated widespread outrage and was bemoaned as an indication that bigotry and intolerance are being normalized in America.

Store Owner Remains Defiant

The store in question, Amyx Hardware, belongs to Grainger County resident Jeff Amyx. As it turns out, he initially posted the controversial sign back in 2015 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Amyx, a devout Baptist, felt that gay and lesbian couples – whose very existence ran counter to his religious beliefs – needed to know where he stood:

Following backlash from the LGBT community, he temporarily posted a vague message that read “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion.” However, the original sign never came down, and remains prominently displayed to this day.

Encouraged by the Court

Despite numerous court rulings expanding LGBT rights in recent years, Jeff Amyx has held onto his rigid views and remains undeterred – as a quick visit to his Twitter page will tell you:

Although (in his mind) God has always been on his side, it was gratifying to get some affirmation from the nation’s highest court. But in an interview with a local news outlet after the Masterpiece Ruling, Amyx acknowledged the fight won’t be an easy one:

Store owner Jeff Amyx

“Christianity is under attack,” he said. “This is a great win, don’t get me wrong, but this is not the end, this is just the beginning. Right now, we’re seeing a ray of sunshine. This is ‘happy days’ for Christians all over America, but dark days will come.”

Uncertainty Ahead

If Jeff Amyx’s reaction is at all indicative of homophobes at large, we may see even more instances of discrimination in the near future. However, while the recent verdict may have given a boost to those who practice intolerance under the guise of religion, legally speaking not much has changed – yet.

By issuing a narrow ruling, the Supreme Court sidestepped the central question of whether opponents of same-sex marriage (such as florists and photographers) should be allowed to refuse commercial wedding services to gay couples.

Given the contentious nature of this issue – and the fact that similar cases are currently making their way through the court system – it seems inevitable that the Court will be forced to confront the question eventually.

 

89 comments

  1. Professor says:

    Jeff does not represent Christ in the slightest. This kind of intolerant attitude is why Christians are hated around the world. The Devil is the great counterfeiter and likewise so are his son’s. They will present themselves as a Holy and Righteous people and even show examples of their love but you will know the truth by their fruit.

    1. David says:

      When Christ spoke to the Harlot, he told her to ” go, and sin no more”.

      Homosexuality is not “normal”.
      In some humans, it may be a result of a physiological imbalance.
      It is still a choice, just as alcoholism is a choice.
      If we are talking Christianity, ( not religion) there can only be one result.
      Go and sin no more.

      1. Super Fly says:

        Do you get to pick what sins it’s okay to commit, or do you abstain from every one mentioned by an anonymous author in some old mis-translated book?

      2. Michael Cole says:

        Davis, People who are gay, ARE born gay. Who would choose a lifestyle that is discriminated against from people like you. To be cursed at, abused, and even killed? We are all created by God, and He knew before we were conceived who and what we would be. He loves all His children, it is a shame that you and the others do not.
        We will pray for you.

  2. Tom says:

    At least he owned and advertised his bigotry and predjudice. Let the public decide if they wish to do business with him. A lot of people, even straight ones, I am sure will opt not to enter his place of business. The free market will win.

    1. Catherine B Owen says:

      I hope this one starts winding its way through the courts soon.

    2. Walt says:

      He will do just fine, there’s more straight than gays.. .

      1. Steve H in NV says:

        Walt, why do you assume that all straight people are fine with a bigoted business? I wouldn’t do business with anyone who blatantly discriminates against people, regardless if it affects me directly.

      2. Pete the Pup says:

        more Nazis than Jews, too.

  3. T'Keren Valmaz says:

    They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Id say its paved with blatantly negative ones if this so called christian is anything to go by.

    To those that call themselves christian and are serious in their devotion, you need to start policing your own, It only takes one bad apple to spoil the barrel is another saying, one that is very accurate, and this man is a bad apple that could easily help spread a rot to your faith that turns acceptance and understanding into intolerance and animosity.

    It shouldnt be LGBTQ advocates leading the fight against this, it should be straight devout christians that refuse to allow someone to take their lords name and use it for vile means.

    Baptists do bow to vatican law. Id imagine if this man found himself cast out of the church he might understand god is not on his side.

  4. Frank Villari says:

    Missing the point entirely. Nothing he sells has any bearing on his religious beliefs when selling to gays. If you’re doing business with the public it means ALL of the public. The bakers even stated he had no issues making any other cake for the gay couple, just not a wedding cake since that would violate his religious belief. This idiot, however, is simply a bigot and does not represent Christianity. With Christianity under attack from all corners, he does not help the cause in the least.

    1. Craig says:

      Amen. A business is public and if you’re catering to the public. It’s just trying to bring religion into the market which doesn’t need to be there.

      1. Walt says:

        Leave the man alone, who are you to say who he can sell to.

        1. Steve H in NV says:

          Society dictates who he can and cannot sell to. He has a business license. He has agreed to follow the business laws. Government has the right to regulate commerce and business practices to ensure public safety, employee safety, and fair-trade to all customers. Just like how our federal government bans the sale of certain products (or all trade) with enemy nations, so you can’t sell computer equipment to North Korea, etc. Trade rules are not determined by individual business owners. Our economy would be crap if everyone followed their own rules. It would be economic anarchy.

    2. JOLENE MARCELLA TRAVIS says:

      B.S. A business has the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. All the owner has to do is place a sign stating that in his window. It’s HIS business and he can run it any way he wishes.

      1. Penny Matheson says:

        In spite of his beliefs, whether he is homophobic, a Christian, or whatever, he has the right to refuse to serve whomever he likes.
        Private business owners, restaurants, all have that right.
        It is a shame that we have not become a more tolerant society but it is what it is.

      2. Walt says:

        Can I get a big Amen!!! Give Jolene a medal

        1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

          Yeah, a medal for being a fake Christian with a filthy mouth.

      3. Scot says:

        That is not correct. Anti-discrimination laws prevent businesses from discriminating against protected classes (race, gender, disability. national origin and religion). At the national level, sexual orientation isn’t a protected class. It is in certain states and municipalities.

    3. Grammar school says:

      What would Lot say?

  5. Carl Elfstrom says:

    Jeff Amyx sounds like he could use a good sodomizing. She’s probably a closet queen anyway.

  6. John A Anderson, CD says:

    And, how is he going to tell them from his other customers, unless they openly advertise it? If some person walks in by themselves, are they gay, straight, Christian, Heathen? Without them stating as much, or otherwise making it obvious, there’s no way to tell.

  7. Frank Villari says:

    “NO GAYS ALLOWED”

    There comes a point when one has to say, “Me thinks thou protesteth too much!” In other words, what are you, yourself, hiding that you must balk so loudly or judge others so harshly? And the mere fact that your Christian hypocrisy would deign to judge others is, in itself, telling of what kind of faux Christian you truly are. Contrary to the teachings of scripture, Christians judge their fellows constantly; the answer as to “why” might be found in those clergy who guide them. For clergy to advise parishioners to “do as I say, not as I do,” is obvious hypocrisy; if the tree is rotten, we can expect no less of the fruit it bears. So it is with all who judge.

    To read more of my opinion concerning bigotry, please refer to the attached link to my blog, “The Path”:

    http://congregationforreligioustolerance.blogspot.com/2018/06/no-gays-allowed.html

  8. John Owens says:

    He’s getting a lot of free publicity out of this, even though most of it is bad.

    1. Robert Messmer says:

      What is missing from the story is the actual numbers of queers in that small town in Eastern Tennessee. I would bet probably not very many. And before any one starts accusing me of being anti-queer, let me point out that is the way they identify. Remember all the parades with the chants “We’re queer and we’re here”? How about the cable program “Queer Eye for a Straight Guy”?

  9. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

    I am always suspicious about men who are so threatened by gay men and lesbians…why are they so fearful? Are they hiding something?

  10. Tigerz says:

    Every ‘Christian’ that supports homosexuality is in direct opposition to the Bible. ‘If a man lies with another man’, ‘SEND THEM TO ME’. You should know all those passages. There’s only one way to send them to God. Death. A ‘Christian’ supporting queer acts is NOT a Christian. They are a supporter of filth and perversion. Are they also going to support beastiality? Where’s the fine line when God has said NO! to both?

    1. Tara Coleman says:

      You a poor excuse for a human being! What gives you the authority to judge another for the sexuality. If you decide to live your life in the homaphobic manner in which you clearly do, then the only “sinner” in this is yourself! How dare you compare same sex couples to “beastiality” neither you nor “your god” will prevent equality. Your pathetic and ignorant and should crawl back under the rock from which you appeared .

      1. Catherine B Owen says:

        I’m with you, Tara!

      2. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

        I agree with you Tara! disgusting.

        1. JOLENE MARCELLA TRAVIS says:

          Burn in Hell Witch.

          1. Michael Cole says:

            I will pray for you Jolene, wishing someone to burn in hell, is not Christian at all. Gay people were created by God, he knew who and what we would be, long before we were born. Do you really think someone would choose to be gay, so they can be bullied, harassed, discriminated against by people like you. I don’t think so. Most gay people knew at a very young age that they were gay, it is not like we woke up one morning and decided, I think I will be gay. When did you decide to be straight or whatever it is you are?

          2. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

            Oh, what a fine devout christian you are Jolene, miss potty mouth! You can go there yourself with no difficulty.

      3. JOLENE MARCELLA TRAVIS says:

        Tara, wtf kind of MINISTER are you????? Spy for Satan maybe……

        1. Walt says:

          Go Jolene Go!!!

        2. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

          Potty mouth alert, fake christian!

      4. bob fluetsch says:

        Tara, you’re full of crap. You asked about Tigerz’s ‘authority’ . . . . . well, it’s based upon God’s Word. The God of the universe calls homosexuality an abomination! If you’re fool enough to oppose the Bible and it’s teachings, you’re the ignorant one, not Teiersz.

        1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

          Potty mouth bob, Jesus was gay, why else would he surround himself with a bunch of men and run around the desert and countryside with them??? Well look at the Last Supper….all guys surrounding him….he was a Gay Blade! Oh and do you follow all of God’s commands?? Do you perform sacrifices or eat shellfish or pork???Do you perform sacrifices in your church..if not then you are breaking God’s commands. If you are truly christian, you don’t pick and chose what you follow and what you honor of God’s commands. Jesus never spoke of homosexuality, because he did not disapprove of part of his father’s Creation. He disproved hate.

      5. Ellie says:

        AMEN Tara! God is LOVE, no disclaimer. LOVE they neighbor, there is way too much hatred in the world. Stop the Hate.

        1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

          Well said Ellie, LOVE is the answer, just like Jesus preached, Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.

      6. Reverand Raymond Smith says:

        Well said, Tara! Bravo

    2. Christian american says:

      Technically what give this person the right is the bible. We are not to be luke warm with our beliefs. We need to be on fire for GOD and his teachings. It doesnt matter how it makes ppl feel because in the end its u and GOD on judgment day. Amen to u for having the kahoonas to stand up and say this. This country needs to worry less about feeling and more about purity and living right.

    3. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

      It is one passage in a mythological collection of stories. Do you perform human sacrifices as commanded by your deity in your story book? If not, why not? Do you pick and choose what you want to quote as “fact”? By the way, there are lots of Christians who are memers of the LGBTQ community, just in case you did not know that. Didn’t your Jesus say, “Love they neighbor as thyself”???? Why are you stuck in the Jewish bible?

      1. Michael Cole says:

        Catherine, you are so right. We should not be eating pork or shell fish, and should only be wearing certain fabrics. I am a gay Christian, who knows God loves and accepts me as one of his children.

        1. bob fluetsch says:

          Michael, God loves you, BUT does NOT accept your homosexual practice or lifestyle. Do NOT be deluded. He wants to deliver you from this detestable, unnatural practice.

          1. Michael Cole says:

            Bob, I know God loves me just the way I am, after all he created me, plus I did not know you were in direct contact with God. Good for you, that he has made you the judge, jury and sentencer of what his people do. I wonder why so many people really protest the gay lifestyle? Are they hiding something in their own life, that they are afraid to admit so they bash other people for the same thing.

          2. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

            bob, we were informed in Genesis, that we are created in the likeness and image of God….so how can you say he doesn’t accept all of HIS Creation? God will punish you for twisting his words. Heaven help you and those like you. You have been brainwashed by your Satan. We will send LOVING thoughts your way so you can see more clearly and banish Satan from your life and your brain…he’s got a hold on you.

        2. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

          It is wonderful Michael, that you are spirit filled with Love. Ignore these pathetic, hypocritical christians who are hate-filled sorry lost souls. Boy are they in for a rude awakening by their lord and savior Jesus…if he was here he would pick up and whip and beat the tar out of them for their nasty and unchristian like ways!

  11. Nick says:

    The Gospel is preached in season and out of season. The words of St. Paul are clear! The Church loves the sinner!. But, hates the
    sin. God’s love, mercy and forgiveness endure. With the instruction given by Jesus to the woman in sin. Sin no more!

  12. Joe Flabenowitz says:

    If you want to be gay, then be gay. Not my business. HOWEVER, please stop injecting it into every aspect of your life, and making sure everybody within your existence knows it because you have to tell them. EVERYBODY seems to want to be validated today, but does everybody have to tell everybody everything in their life?

    1. Gary Minnis says:

      Amen to that. I have never understood why that needs to be at the forefront of conversation. I met some friends for lunch a couple of months ago at a restaurant. A lady that was there introduced her ‘gay son’. Before I even knew his name I was told he was gay. WHO CARES!!!!!!

      1. Michael Cole says:

        Gary, although I am gay, I do agree with you. There is no need to advertise that one is gay. I am a man who prefers men, but I do not have to say that at the beginning of every conversation I have. I am also not in favor of the “Pride Parades”, I feel they make the gay community look bad. I had a partner for 16 years and during that time a friend started dating a girl and he said she had no idea that we were gay, they lived right across the hall from us and just thought we were roommates. So not every gay person out there is obvious or has to make his sexuality known to the whole world. I am a human being, who works, and shops just like everyone else, I just prefer to do it with another man.

  13. David Huey says:

    what would be theresult if the shoe was on the other foot. I mean what if he was refused service in a gay establishment?

  14. Carol Waldenburg says:

    Everyone is slightly missing one of the major points here and that is that the Supreme Court was ruling on the fact that the high court in Colorado did not rule according to Colorado law. Intelligent people can differentiate this from the ruling being something that gives every bigot and Idiot permission to show themselves as such. God have mercy on ALL of us.

  15. Herbmeister says:

    Ask yourself this; if you were gay and you saw a sign like that in a store window, would you honestly want to shop there?

    The gay community brings a lot of this attitude upon themselves. Gay pride parades, etc. antagonize many people who would otherwise be apathetic. I enjoy sex without rubbing my preferences in everyone else’s face. They should try it sometime.

    There’s a lot to be said for the old addage “Live like you want to live. Just keep those bedroom shades pulled, please.”

    1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

      What does this have to do with sex?? Members of the LGBTQ communithy LOVE others.This is about discrimination, bigotry and hypocrisy, and attempts to cover it up with twisted bible interpretations to suit one’s fear of difference. Ignorance prevails. Jesus was probably gay. Gay pride marches are about solidarity and consciousness raising, not about bringing something bad upon themselves. WOW. “Bedroom shades”???? Get out of the bedroom, it’s not about the bedroom. That is your issue. You can stay in your bedroom but do not assume that is what this issue is about or the central feature of their lives.

      1. Gary Minnis says:

        It seems to be the ‘central feature’ of their lives. I don’t walk around with other straight people carrying signs announcing I’m straight. Who they have sex with IS the differentiating part of the equation.

        1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

          Jesus was probably gay….get over it and banish Satan from your life, he’s got a hold on you.LOVE is LOVE.

  16. Fr. Omnius et Nihilus says:

    I’m actually on his side as far as it’s a private business and as long as he doesn’t get any money from the government, he can say and believe and prohibit whomever he wants. As for him running around calling himself a Christian, whatever gets him off.

    1. Catherine B Owen says:

      Really. Can he prohibit African Americans? Women? Jews? Where does it end?

      1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

        This reminds me of signs I once saw when I was younger and visiting the Dakotas. It read, “No Indians and Dogs Allowed.”

  17. Robin says:

    Store owners have the right to do and not to do business with whom they choose and everyone else has that same right. There are individuals on here judging this person for judging some one else…What irony…The Bible has many interpretations to many people and it is all different….Really unless you are God or whatever name you give him/her then no one is right or wrong in their belief just because it does not coincide with your belief.

  18. Richard says:

    I’ve owned a number of various retail and service businesses over my lifetime. I always had a sign posted that read, “Mgmt reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.” I didn’t specify who I would refuse but if someone was particularly offensive in some way, I had the right to have them removed from the premises. Seems the only difference here is that these guys are being specific as to who they choose to serve. They believe it violates their religious beliefs. And they do have the right to freedom of religion. Frankly, I’m of the opinion that the ’60s and ’70s were a better time. We did pretty much what we wanted with whom we wanted and didn’t try to push our beliefs down everyone else throat. A line from an old song comes to mind here: “he can’t even run his own life, I’ll be damned if he’ll run mine.” (“Sunshine” by Shirley Bassey)

  19. Robin says:

    When the law came out to pass same sex marriage, everyone in this country was told that they would not face a lawsuit or a courtroom, if they instituted their belief of refusing to do business based on their religious belief so based on that a Lot of individuals voted in favor of same sex marriage but look it all was a lie had a lot of individuals knew that the President and the government lied these individuals who voted in favor would have voted differently….LGBTQ knows this and they from what I remembered also agreed. They complained of being oppressed but now they are a.ledgedly doing the oppression….

  20. Craig says:

    Let economics rule the day: people who don’t believe in his doctrines (since he brought religion into his business) should choose to shop elsewhere and let him deal with the consequences.

    I’m tired of the topic, honestly.

    It’s a done deal: homosexuality is not going away (and just to add a revelation–it’s been around a long time folks). The only difference is now as a civilization we have the ability to talk about it openly and have taken that next step (for many of us) that it’s not an abomination. It’s about two people caring for each other and it transcends the “normal” arrangement of a woman and a man.

    Bottom line: who’s job is it to judge? Not ours. We humans don’t get to judge others. Judging is for the one entity who can see the big picture. I can’t see it, you certainly can’t see it, so quit judging others and live your life without telling people how sinful they are or bad or how ashamed they should feel.

    It’s not your right and certainly no one out there has the experience and the authority to supersede God’s authority.

    Just relax: have some ice cream, and put your energy and your time toward something to uplift people instead of trying to tear them down.

    1. Maashda says:

      I’m with Craig! No one posting their personal rage is helping anyone. It is so sad that our society has yet to learn that hate-filled hearts & words only breed more hate. I don’t give a flip whom any of you love or sleep with if you simply care for others as you would like them to care for you. Positive Energy trumps bullshit all day every day 🌀

  21. Jim says:

    Not welcome in their own town sounds familiar. It takes time for some to accept what change has to offer which is hard and a challenge for some.
    Love one another ,easy to say but we tend to put our own twist on things to suite ourselfs. Refusing customers, friendships and most judgements based on a couples choice to live is just wrong.

    Take some time “think before we Act” make the most of life.

  22. Michael Cole says:

    Jeff Amyx, being gay is not a choice. Who would choose a lifestyle that brings, discrimination by people like you, harassment, violence, bullying, and even murder. You talk to many gays and we knew at very young age that we were different. God created all people, He knew what we were going to be, before we were even conceived. How do you know who all is gay and who is not? Yes, some gay people are very obvious, but the majority are not, they are hard working, construction workers, doctors, lawyers, truck drivers, teachers, or any type of worker. Maybe I will bring a bus load of gays and straights to your hardware store for you to say who is who.

  23. Super Fly says:

    As long as he doesn’t use public sidewalks, streets, electricity, etc., I’m fine with this geezer’s prejudicial policy.

  24. JOLENE MARCELLA TRAVIS says:

    What is wrong is that the Alphabet Soup community demands everyone bow down to them because THEY are different. Wrong is wrong and right and is right. Trying to convince me otherwise is NEVER going to happen. The Law of God is what is right.

    1. Michael Cole says:

      Gay people are not asking for others to bow down to them, we are just asking for equal rights, just like the blacks fought for equal rights, just like those who are in mixed marriages get equal rights. It is not up to you, me or anyone else to judge people, God will do that, for all of us on judgement day. I am a gay Christian, who knows God loves me for who I am, not for what you or anyone else think.

  25. Robin says:

    The true non-translated Hebrew bible says nothing about homosexuality . The translated King James version started the backlash of bigotry . The King James version , when a word could not be translated a word or words was chosen and placed in that verse . No human being has the right to look down upon anyone . That is God’s place . Humans tend to be judge , jury and hangman when something is not as he believes . True Christians love the sinner but not the sin . Religious zealots however….they take a scripture and use it to justify their hate/bigotry for their own personal gain .
    God gave one major commandment….”Love one another”.
    We were all made different for a reason . God was testing His children to see of they could be tolerent of the differences……some of you have failed miserably . I pray He has mercy for you .

    1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

      Well stated Robin, but fear based christians don’t get it and are brainwashed! Thanks for the lesson.

  26. Walt says:

    You can do what you want , just don’t force your GAY crap on me!

  27. peter.Mwana-bute says:

    What i can just add its that the God of love will never wish that children be separated from their parent which its false teaching.

    1. bob fluetsch says:

      Must you be reminded . . . . these parents are committing a crime! Law breakers have consequences to suffer , sometimes it’s their family that suffers. These parents are cruel, selfish, greedy, irresponsible people who are putting their children in jeopardy!

      1. Pete the Pup says:

        Where does God say “Do not flee with your children from opression, bondage, and mortal danger”? Huh?

  28. Super Fly says:

    Yeah, and keep your shrimp-eating, cotton-and-lycra-wearing, anti-slavery-self the hell away from me!

  29. Jeff says:

    This is not Christian. I am a Christian and I open my arms to sinners. And I do believe homosexuals are sinners. But Christ taught us to go out, teach and show sinners another way. Cutting sinners off from society is not how we show love and compassion. The other thing Christ taught us is not to judge a sinner because we are all sinners. We all are sinners, period. We should judge the sin and sin is bad. In the Old Testament, there are Ten Commandments, God does not say that one is more important than any other, in Gods eye lying is just as bad as murder. But then in the New Testament, Christ tells us there are two main commandments, Love the Lord your God with all your souls and with all your mind and with all your strength. And love your neighbor as yourself. It doesn’t say love your heterosexual neighbor only.

  30. Thom says:

    Homophobes!? Why is it that when someone stands up for what they believe is right against the LBGT they are homophobes? But when something like LBGT speaks out about Amyx it’s not hate speech.

    1. Michael Cole says:

      Thom, as a gay man myself, I do not call them homophobes, I think they are just ignorant, unchristian people. Who we sleep with is no one else’s business just like who you all sleep with is non of my business. I do not agree with anyone making out in public whether gay or straight, I do believe that people should be aloud to walk down the street holding the hand of the person they are with, whether it be man/woman, man/man, or woman/woman, without being judged. Especially since it is not our jobs to judge, that is up to God, who created all of us, and who knew what and who we would be, before we were even conceived.

  31. Bill Fox says:

    Those gays who are offended should take their business elsewhere, and call the companies that do business with this store.

  32. ProtectLives says:

    Well, this goes to the RIGHTS of handicapped individuals.

    Wheelchair users, blind people, and deaf people can not be banned from a store – unless entering a dangerous area would put their life at risk.

    If you have handicapped customers, see if you can assign a store employee help them shop.

    Not every building is wheelchair accessable. If your business location is unsafe for wheelchairs, explain that to the customer and then help them complete their purchases in a safe and friendly manner.

    Always help your customers spend as much money as possible. It is good business!

  33. Pete the Pup says:

    The homosex stuff isn’t even in God’s Top Ten O’ Sins. Adultery and lying are, as well as 8 more, but not gays. So prople who cheat on their spouses and lie about it, as well as teenagers who have said to Mom or Dad, “I hate you. You never let me to do anything fun!” shouldn’t be allowed into his cheesy convenience store or whatever it is.

  34. Fredric Pascal says:

    For once and for all, let’s keep God out of this arena. God, for those of you who believe in Him/Her/It is on the sidelines watching how people can be xenophobic, homophobic, good, and just plain evil. As an atheist, I believe that individual people wrote the Bible to express their own opinions of how society should run. Some are good, some not. But let’s stop putting the onus on God for our own prejudices. They’re yours, not God’s. Stop rationalizing and admit your own failings.

    1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp, MSW, LCSW says:

      Agree Fredric!!! There are many fake, fearful christians and hypocrites here….they are hate filled sorry souls…Lordy, lordy help my soul, take me to heaven in a sugar bowl christians,

  35. Ron says:

    While I do not understand people with this guys mentality, I remember not so many years ago there where signs in many businesses that read “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone” or similar words to that effect. When did proprietors lose this right?

  36. Canadian Yankee says:

    When a man or a woman gets a license from the state to operate their business is does not say on the license they can offer their services in a discriminatory manner. In fact most states have anti discrimination laws. What if this was the only Pharmacy in a small town and they would not fill prescriptions for you name it, Gays, Christians, Buddhists and the list goes on. No you open a public business and you come to the public with an offering it should be to all as long as they come in an appropriate manner.

  37. RevTimHarrison says:

    after reading this article, im deeply disturbed as a christian. i remember the what would Jesus do movement. and i think that this really applies here.

    this business man calls himself a christian. however, his actions say otherwise. Jesus was known for eating with sinners of all sorts. he led by example. so what example does this man show? intolerance and bigotry!

    i believe that if Jesus were on this earth today, he too would be troubled with this. each time He met with and individual, He treated everyone, no matter what condition they were in, He would first have compassion on them. does this business owner show compassion? no! then Jesus would forgive them! is this business owner show forgiveness? no! am i judging him? no! im only stating the facts as we know them. ill pray for this man, that God will not only open his eyes, but his heart as well!

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