A Christian business owner in Indiana called a morning radio show today to express his support for the new state law that now allows him to discriminate against gay people. He told the Kyle & Rachel Show on 100.9FM that he's thrilled because he now doesn't have to have gay people in his restaurant.
He said he has already been discriminating against gay people by finding ways to get them out of the restaurant. The way he has gone about it in the past is to lie to the gay customers, telling them something in the kitchen was broken so he couldn't serve them. Lying - not gay people eating in a restaurant - is explicitly forbidden in the Bible. In fact, it's one of the Ten Commandments ("thou shalt not bear false witness"). So this business owner can break one of the most sacred laws against lying to keep gay people out of his business.
"I feel OK with it because it's my place of business," he told the radio station. "I pay the rent. I built it. It's all my money and my doing. It's my place. I can do whatever I want with it. They can have their lifestyle and do their things on their own place or at people that want to be with them in their type of place, not my place."
He added that he knows "tons" of business owners in Indiana who agree with the law and don't want gay people in their businesses. They will, presumably, be actively discriminating against gay people now that they can legally do so. While we haven't heard yet of a business proactively kicking gay people out of their establishment since the law is passed, this is some evidence that there are business owners who are empowered to do so and intend to do so immediately.
"We don't want this in our places of business," the anonymous restauranteur said. "It's not right."
The coward refused to share his name or his place of business, instead hiding behind anonymity. Thankfully there are other Christian business owners like Sam Wise who will welcome LGBT people to Sammy's Brewhouse. We'll be thanking him April 3 at 7pm.
Sadly what he and other business owners don't understand is what the show What Would You Do? revealed with a lesbian couple at a Texas restaurant: People are far more disturbed by bigotry than they are by gay couples:
You can take a listen to the interview below. Hat tip to Sean Burke.