The Religious Freedom Reform Act has stirred up debates all across the country. But there a ton of people who are saying that they should not be forced to offer their services to members of the LGBT community, particularly those related to wedding services. But this idea has spread to coffee shops, pizza places and most recently Brian Klawiter, owner of the auto repair shop Deiseltech.
Klawiter recently changed his businesses policies. Customers will be encouraged to bring their guns to the shop and you’ll get a discount! Well finally there’s something for people to do while waiting for their car to get tuned up, Quick Draw competitions! On Duty Cops will not get a discount because they didn’t pay for their weapon. He also states he a Christian so anything against the Ten Commandments will not be tolerated. So go ahead get a copy of the DVD and take it in to the shop, perhaps another discount will be applied. But he also states:
“I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons,” he 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.”
So that’s a threat to not work on a car properly. That is just going to affect his credibility and will probably get him sued down the road.
“If you want to come in here with your boyfriend and you want to openly display that, that’s just not going to be tolerated here. We don’t believe that here.”
I think Mr. Klawiter is hanging out with the wrong gay people. Most gay couples don’t make out hard core when they need their car fixed or are heading to bank. I’d like to see his sources for the open displays he is referring to.
“I’ve chosen to put God first in my life and that he owns everything in me and my business and beyond. Since that becomes a priority, I can’t sacrifice on those morals.”
This is some weird kind of fraud statement. If the business is legally under the name of God, then no one can sue them properly if their car falls apart with only nuts in there.
Unfortunately for Mr. Klawiter, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) says he will veto and not support any stand alone RFRA stances. So since he is making such bold claims publicly, this is going to affect his business. Supporters of Deiseltech started a GoFundMe page which was taken down after a patron commented “Will you except [sic] my money? Or is it too gay for you?”. There was only $5 raised at that point.
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