Here’s a story that serves as a perfect reminder of what the Christian right is currently fighting for, the “right” to refuse to serve gay people in their businesses because of their “religious freedom.” A gay couple was tossed out of a Texas restaurant after being called bigoted slurs.
Collin Dewberry and Kelly Williams said they had finished eating breakfast and paid for their meals Tuesday morning at Big Earl’s Bait House and Galey Café when a waitress used a homophobic slur and asked them never to return.“We don’t serve fags here,” the waitress told the men, and then recited a house rule. “Here at Big Earl’s we like for men to act like men and for ladies to act like ladies, so we want you to never return.”
Dewberry said the waitress said the phrase so nonchalantly that it sounded as if she was reading it from a piece of paper – which she was, in a way.
The phrase is written on a piece of paper displayed on the front door of the Pittsburg restaurant, and its owner said the pair violated the rule by touching legs as they ate their meal.
“I didn’t go over there to inspect to see what he was rubbing,” said restaurant owner Earl Cheney. “That’s just not appropriate in a family restaurant that has a sign on the front door that we just don’t do that here.”
I don’t care whether you think Jesus tells you to discriminate (he doesn’t, by the way, and never did, if the Bible is to be believed). This is wrong and it should be illegal everywhere.