WTF. No, seriously. WTF.
Warning: it’s mostly going to be the “weep for humanity” thing:
Martha Boggs, owner of the Bistro at the Bijou, says she ordered state Sen. Stacey Campfield out of her Gay Street restaurant and banned him from brunch Sunday in disgust over his recent remarks about gays and the origin of the AIDS virus. [You really must read this news article in order to wrap your mind around the sheer bigotry and stupidity that Senator Campfield promotes. -ed.]
“When I saw him at the front door, I told him to leave,” Boggs said Monday. “It’s just my way to show support for the gay community and stand up to somebody I think is a bully. He’s really gone from being stupid to dangerous. I think he needs to know what it feels like to be discriminated against.”
Campfield responded with a blog post comparing himself to Jesus Christ and to the civil-rights demonstrators of the 1960s.
Campfield’s blog post illustrates the sheer magnitude of bigoted fuckery we’re dealing with when it comes to these right-wing nutbags. I’m reposting Campfield’s nonsense in full because — because — well — just read it:
As you may have read I was asked to leave a restaurant in Knoxville because my beliefs did not support the owners beliefs on homosexuality. I had not said anything. I was just standing there waiting for a table when the owner came up and started yelling at me calling me names and telling me they were not going to serve me because of my alleged beliefs saying I hate gays. I said in as calm a way as I could that I don’t hate gays and the things I have said were backed up by the CDC. I offered to send her the links.
I have been quite open and clear on my beliefs and have backed them up with facts from the CDC and others. Unfortunately some people do not let facts get in the way of their prejudice.
She looked confused on what to do for a second then she started to yell and call me names again so I figured it was better to just leave. As Jesus said, “If you are not welcomed in a town shake the dust off your feet and move on”. My friends and I went to latitude 35 and had a good breakfast.
The cries of “Ha ha. we showed him!” fall flat to me. It is not I who lost out. My friends and I still had a good meal. We just gave our money to a more gracious host.
What was showed was a lack of professionalism. In my legislative role I have always had an open door to any of my constituency. Gay rights groups have been in my office several times and I would like to think that even though we may disagree on some issues I have always treated them graciously.
In my private business (Property rental) I have rented to people of all races and creeds. Black, white, Asians, gay, straight, christian and non christian alike. I do not discriminate. I wonder how the owner of the restaurant would act toward another restaurant if the shoe were on the other foot and the business refused service to a gay person? I know I would not eat there.
In the 60′s my grandfather sat at the lunch counters with the blacks in Knoxville to help break up the segregation of the races. I guess some people still support segregation. Just segregation of thought. Some people have told me my civil rights were violated under the 1964 civil rights act in that a person can not be denied service based on their religious beliefs. (I am catholic and the catholic church does not support the act of homosexuality) I had not thought about that much.
I just figured this is just another example of the open minded tolerant left. They claim tolerances for divergent points of view…..Until someone actually has one. Then they don’t know how to handle it.***
Holy shit. Right?
He compares himself to Jesus and then plays the “some of my best friends are [insert marginalized group]” and names nearly every marginalized group in the book. Then he claims that he doesn’t discriminate (never mind that he thinks AIDS began because some dude screwed a monkey, and never mind that he thinks you can’t really get AIDS unless you’re gay or having sex with a person from Africa — seriously). Then he righteously says he wouldn’t eat at a restaurant that refused service to a gay person (never mind that he is sponsoring the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Emily Hauser wrote about that here.) And finally, his coup-de-WTF is to claim that his civil rights were violated. His civil rights!? Seriously!?
Who the fuck is this guy and what the fuck is wrong with him?!
I just — I can’t even –
***Google it. I’m not sending him traffic.
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