Orlando victims support sign infuriates Christian homophobe

Orlando victims support sign infuriates Christian homophobe June 20, 2016

A sign outside a Buckinghamshire coffee shop – the Bar Bar Black Sheep in Wolverton – so angered a Christian that he (or she) typed out a note to the owners, demanding its removal,
According to this report, an anonymous bigot threatened a boycott of the establishment over its “promotion of homosexuality”, saying it could have a “negative influence” on children.
The letter quoted Bible verses, and stated:

I ask you kindly to refrain from promoting homosexuality further in the public domain. Isimply can not agree with your blatant promotion of what is immoral and against God.
Children could walk past that sign and you could have a negative influence on decisions they choose to make in life.
I also think you’ll find your coffee shop will become much more popular with the majority of residents in Wolverton, who are also members of local Christian churches.
Please be sensitive to the beliefs of the majority in the future.

The Bar Bar Black Sheep directors have said they will put out a statement on the letter in due course.
But Danny Quinn, co-owner, wrote on Facebook in the Wolverhampton Massive Facebook group:

I was in two minds about posting this, but I thought if the author of this letter is in this group it might be a good opportunity to ask you to come in and discuss this. Apologies I was clearing tables and did not see you come in but found this on the counter. I will buy you a coffee and we can discuss it further. I would also like to point out one of our regulars, Ann (vicar of St George’s) was happily drinking coffee just a few hours before you came. Thanks

49 people were killed and 53 injured on Sunday in the shocking terrorist hate crime attack,which saw a gunman open fire inside The Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • Club Secretary

    ‘Won’t somebody please think of the children!’

  • barriejohn

    Club Sec: Hahaha – that’s just how I labelled my email to Barry!
    I know – I’ve posted it before, but it’s just brilliant.

  • L.Long

    I would post his opinion in the window with an added part stating…Please take your hate & bigotry to some other place. Also phuck your opinion!!!!

  • More than one angry note left for restaurants in recent memory turned out to be a false. Skeptical thinking doesn’t go away based on whether the subject confirms expectations, but is based on evidence. I suggest caution.
    Mean words – the FT is full of them, and our freedom is the freedom of those who disagree with us. Violent action is the cause of concern. And violent action against gays and women comes mostly from Muslims doing what Muslims have done for centuries in accordance with their teachings and traditions. In reply to Muslim violence I have mean words. I don’t have violence for them.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    you could have a negative influence on decisions they choose to make in life.
    So, seeing “two dudes holding hands” could have a “negative influence” on my child, eh?
    I wonder if showing tolerance and respect could have any influence on that same child.

  • barriejohn

    I used to have friends in nearby Old Stratford, when the area was quite rural (i.e. Milton Keynes was just a village). Strangely enough, St Neots is only a stone’s throw away!

  • Angela_K

    Perhaps we should leave letters at all churches demanding the removal of the statues depicting a man nailed to some wood with blood pouring from his head, hands and feet because the effigies are most certainly not for children’s eyes. I’m certain if we did, the police would be knocking at our doors proclaiming religious hate speech.

  • Laura Roberts

    “Please be sensitive to the beliefs of the majority in the future.”
    Why should anyone be “sensitive” to beliefs, particularly those held by a majority? I don’t want anyone to respect my beliefs; I want them to respect me enough to challenge my beliefs, especially if my beliefs depart from reality.

  • barriejohn

    I wouldn’t want to analyze this letter too closely myself, for the reasons stated by Trevor Blake, above. It COULD be someone parodying what local Christians were saying. There is an Evangelical Church in Wolverton, allied to the FIEC, and these ARE their beliefs regarding same-sex attraction:
    These convictions are derived from the clear teaching of Scripture: in both the Old and the New Testament, marriage is painted in a positive light, and homosexual activity, along with all other sexual intimacy outside of (heterosexual) marriage, is declared by God to be sinful. Nowhere in the Bible is there an expectation that marriage can exist between two or more people of the same sex.
    They don’t give an inch, but then I already knew that.

  • jay

    Both are expressing their legal and moral right to disapprove of what the other is doing. That’s what a free country is supposed to be about.

  • Lucy1

    Indeed, @JAy

  • barriejohn

    Jay: I agree, though if the letter is genuine the writer might well be a supporter of that **** Shinners, who was supporting the death penalty for gays in Uganda (see above link). I suppose we’ll never know now!

  • Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews

    Over the past six months or so, I’ve been walking through town holding my husband’s hand. It started as a means of steadying him (he is using a stick to help him walk while he has back problems) but it’s become completely normal. We live in a small market town but it’s never caused even a raised eyebrow. We pass an evangelical church on the way to our regular supermarket and, occasionally, there are worshippers outside; they usually give us a friendly smile in return for me smiling at them. I find that friendliness and openness go a long way towards causing even the religious to accept us as a gay couple. Negative attitudes seem to be driven to a large extent by fear of the unknown. Our local vicar is driving the wedding car for a gay couple we know who are getting married in a few weeks. A small community is often the most accepting, in my experience.

  • barriejohn

    More “offence”, and there’s no doubt about this one:
    What is the matter with these people? Don’t they even realize how idiotic they make themselves appear?

  • H3r3tic

    “Please be sensitive to the beliefs of the majority in the future.” – sorry to burst your bubble but non-believers are now the majority. Get used to it. But don’t fret; unlike the mindless fuckwit who wrote this note we atheists/secularists don’t generally feel the need to force other people to live by our views, so long as they grant the rest of society the same courtesy.