If you want to know what happens when you express sentiments that don’t match up with the LGBT agenda, just ask the owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana. Hours after appearing on the news, the restaurant was besieged with hateful reviews and a liberal backlash so severe they had to close their doors to recover. But while a few misguided people threatened the pizza place with physical retaliation, no one actually crossed that line.
The same can not be said for Dieseltec, an auto repair business in Grandville, Michigan. The shop is owned by Brian Klawiter, a Christian who took to his Facebook page with his thoughts about the brewing controversy over religious rights. “I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons,” Klawiter wrote. “Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.”
Predictably, Klawiter’s writings drew a strong response. However, now the words have turned into something nastier. On Monday night, vandals escalated things by trashing Dieseltec, spraying the building and the cars with graffiti, smashing windows with rocks, and destroying property that belonged to both Klawiter and his customers. The graffiti was obscene in nature, much like the Facebook posts that have been sent to Klawiter, many of which photoshop him into pictures of gay pornography.
“It didn’t take long for the ugly face of the homosexual movement to present itself,” Klawiter wrote after discovering the vandalism. “The homosexual agenda is evil, and is prepared to destroy anyone who gets in its way, or who calls homosexuality a sin. Today it’s us; tomorrow, it could be you.”
Whether you agree with Klawiter’s views on homosexuality or not, you would probably agree that he has the right to his opinion. And in a civil society, we should not resort to physical violence every time someone expresses an opinion that differs from ours. For liberals – who get tied up in knots about anti-abortion protests – to stoop this low proves that this is a movement based in emotion, not logic.
Logically speaking, there is no reason why Klawiter should not have the right to refuse any customer he wants. Especially if he can back that refusal with strongly-held religious beliefs. That refusal comes with consequences, of course. And that’s fine. But when boycotts and opinions turn into death threats and shattered windows, that’s not fine. But then again, that’s what people do when they can’t use reason and logic. They resort to the fist. And since most of these liberals can’t even do that, they skulk around in the night and throw rocks from a safe distance.
The shame of what’s happening right now in this country isn’t that we have two conflicting sets of beliefs. It’s that one side thinks the other shouldn’t have the right to exercise those beliefs. Which, given the history of this battle, is actually pretty funny when you think about it. Or at least, it would be if they weren’t winning…