Restaurant Owner Kicks Out Tenn. Sen. For Anti-Gay Views
When Tennessee Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) went to to have brunch at the Bistro at the Bijou in Knoxville last Sunday, the restaurant’s owner kicked the cracker to the curb for his use of homophobic comments, Knoxnews.com reported.
"When I saw him at the front door, I told him to leave," Martha Boggs, the owner of Bistro at the Bijou said. "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."
Last week the GOP state senator was on Sirius XM’s LGBT station OutQ and claimed that AIDS began because a gay airline pilot had sex with monkeys. He then went on to say that it was "virtually impossible" to become infected with the deadly disease through heterosexual sex.
"I was talking last week on a radio show and I said the homosexual lifestyle is a dangerous lifestyle," Campfield said. "There are heterosexuals in Africa that do have it (AIDS), but the odds of a person getting AIDS in America is much less unless you’re having sex with a high-risk group."
"My understanding is that it is virtually - not completely, but virtually - impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex," he added.
Campfield wrote a blog post about being kicked out of the local restaurant and in turn, likened himself to Jesus and the incident to the civil rights demonstrations of the 1960s.
"Unfortunately some people do not let facts get in the way of their prejudice," he wrote. "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 cannot be denied service based on their religious beliefs," he wrote. "(I am Catholic and the Catholic Church does not support the act of homosexuality) I had not thought about that much.
"As Jesus said, ’If you are not welcomed in a town shake the dust off your feet and move on.’ I just figured this is 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."
Boggs says that Campfiled has eaten at her restaurant in the past but after he made the homophobic comments, she was fed up.