Here we go again:
‘No Gays Allowed,’ Grainger County store owner defends controversial sign
“WASHBURN (WATE) – A Grainger County store owner said he is simply voicing his freedom of religion and speech after posting a sign that has the community talking.”
“Phones at Amyx Hardware have been ringing non-stop after he posted a sign reading “No Gays Allowed” outside of his store in Washburn. “A lot of people have called me and congratulated me,” said owner Jeff Amyx. But other calls are on the other side of spectrum. “People calling and threatening me. Telling me I would regret this. No I’ll never regret this,” said Amyx.”
The thing with Free Speech is that no one can stop you from making a fool of yourself, but you have to be able to stand the consequences. You can proclaim proudly that you are a bigot, but you have to be prepared for the backlash (which is other peoples’ Free Speech).
The usual suspects who say that their religious freedoms are being stomped on are in the marriage industry, baking cakes, arranging flowers, operating venues, etc. I often wonder how ego-inflated a baker is to think that a cake is somehow participating in the ceremony, but a hardware store? Unless some form of religion calls for pipe-wrench wielding congregants I think Mr. Amyx is grandstanding and getting his GoFundMe glands salivating when his store is inevitably sued and shunned.
“I don’t hate people. It’s not the people I hate, it’s the sin that I hate.”
Could have fooled me. Amyx doesn’t even want to associate with gay people, it’s why he’s keeping them out of his store, which seems like a lousy way to say I love you. That’s hate.
“On Tuesday, Amyx took down the “No Gays Allowed” sign and put up a sign that reads “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”
As for impinging on Mr. Amyx’s religion (Amyx as you might have guessed is a Baptist preacher, too), I don’t understand: how does selling a pound of nails to some LGBT people do that, but then again I am not a theologian. I suspect a famous carpenter might be able to shed some light, and I’m not talking about Norm Abrams.
(WATE via Raw Story)