When Jeff Amyx, above, learned that the US Supreme Court had ruled in favour of Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple, he immediately took the ruling as a green light to repost a ‘No gays allowed’ sign in his store window.
Amyx, owner of Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, about an hour outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, first made the world aware of the fact that he was a complete tool when he posted the sign around three years ago. This was after a Supreme Court ruling legalised same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. Amyx said at the time that gay and lesbian couples were against his religion.
Amyx, who is also a Baptist minister, later removed the sign following backlash and replaced it with one saying:
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion.
But in celebration of the Phillips’ ruling – which he incorrectly perceives as a licence for ALL Christian business owners to flag up their bigotry – he has put the sign back on display.
I was shocked. I was really shocked because of the track record of our Supreme Court.
Christianity is under attack. 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.
However, legal experts say the case doesn’t mean businesses nationwide can refuse service to gay and lesbian people based on religious beliefs, as the ruling only specifically applied to the baker’s case. The court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward the baker based on his religious beliefs, but did not answer broader constitutional questions on religious liberty.
If you go to this plonker’s entry in Yelp – which gives the enterprise a whopping great one-star rating – you’ll see this notice:
Hat tip: BarrieJohn