A Michigan business owner sparked controversy by posting opinions on Facebook about refusing to serve certain groups, including gay customers.
“There’s a set of behavior rules in my place of business,” Dieseltec owner Brian Klawiter said Tuesday. “I operate my life under Christian values and to not take those into my business, I think would be hypocritical.”
Klawiter said he feels he should be able to run his automotive diesel engine repair shop how he’d like to, and that includes running it under his religious beliefs.
He took to Facebook to express that, and the sparks flew after he posted several controversial lines, including:
“I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. 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.”
“I did choose homosexuality as an example when I spoke of immoral behavior, and that certainly has become the hot-button issue,” he said. “I did speak about guns, that they are welcome in my shop, so much so that I will offer a discount for those that want to carry one into my shop. I spoke about racism; I spoke about thievery and dishonesty and these are all things that aren’t acceptable in my place of business.”
The reaction, including hundreds of comments, shares, and likes, surprised Klawiter, he says, but he isn’t scared of it.
“It’s not popular to go against the grain of what you see across the national media, so it’s uncomfortable — but when given an opportunity to express my beliefs, I need to stand firm on those.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Eric D. Lloyd, WZZM-TV