Tell Storeowner to Apologize for Allegedly Banning Gays From His Business

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Target: Jeff Amyx

Goal: Apologize for allegedly posting a sign at the store that said “No Gays Allowed” and stop spreading hate.

Tennessee hardware store owner and Baptist minister Jeff Amyx opposes the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows same-sex marriage throughout the country, so he allegedly decided to post a sign on his store reading, “No Gays Allowed.” Then he supposedly switched that sign out for one that read, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”

“I don’t want them around because their lifestyle is one I disagree with,” he said.”Homosexuals stand boldly for what they believe. Why can’t I stand boldly for what I believe?”

This kind of logic shows complete ignorance and completely misses the point. Will Amyx now be critical of the lives all of his customers lead, and refuse to serve them once he’s done evaluating them? Does their lifestyle effect the value of their business and money? How will Amyx know whether or not a customer is truly gay? As a minister, he should know that all sins are equal in the bible. So will he refuse service to all sinners, and maybe shut down his own store because he himself is a sinner?

People can cite freedom of speech and freedom of religion all they want, but this is modern times and signs like this should practically be considered a hate crime and discrimination. Demand this heartless store owner apologize if he really posted such a despicable sign and that he stop spreading hate.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Jeff Amyx,

You allegedly decided to post a sign on his store reading, “No Gays Allowed, then switched that sign out for one that read, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”

Will you now be critical of the lives all of your customers lead, and refuse to serve them once you’re done evaluating them? Does their lifestyle effect the value of their business and money? How will you know whether or not a customer is truly gay? As a minister, you should know that all sins are equal in the bible. So will you refuse service to all sinners, and maybe shut down your own store because you yourself are a sinner?

I urge you to take down these vile signs if you really put them up and to stop spreading hate.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Mary Bettini Blank

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One Comment

  1. He can refuse to serve whomever he wants, and anybody who is opposed to his beliefs should freely take their business elsewhere too. That said, I doubt I would patronize his business if I knew he was discriminating, except maybe if those discriminated against are/were “ISIL”, or perhaps Hamas(s) members!

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