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North Carolina Cafe Owner Hands Lesbian Couple Letter Condemning Homosexuality As They Leave


Ariel and Shawnee McPhail, a married lesbian couple from North Carolina, say Ed McGovern, the owner of the Sting Ray Cafe in New Bern, handed them a letter as they left his restaurant, condemning their homosexuality, WCTI reports.

Said the letter:

God said in the last days that man and wom[a]n would be lover of self, more [than] the lover of God.

That man and woman would have unnatural [affection] for one another. Then, the coming of the Son of Man, who is Jesus. So please, look at your life. See how it hurt[s] everyone around you. And ask the Lord to open your eye[s] before it [is] to[o] late.

The Love of Christ

P.S. my daughter also was gay. It destroy[ed] her life and my grandson."

McGovern says he didn't like that the couple was kissing outside his restaurant, which they deny doing.

"First of all, we didn't kiss. We don't kiss in public. We were holding hands," said Shawnee McPhail. "Secondly, if I did kiss my wife in public, what married couple would you go to and say, 'how dare you. You cannot hold hands and you cannot kiss in public therefore you deserve my judgement.'"

Watch WCTI's interview with the couple HERE. Read the letter below.


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  1. Whoops. Keyboard fart. I meant "writer" not "righter" And really, I did graduate from college with honors. :-)

    Posted by: Bob | Jan 12, 2013 6:50:27 PM

  2. @Mary: You misread my comment. My point about convictions was in response to Jon's silly comment, "Americans need to be allowed to hold convictions in life, and be free to share them." It's common for anti-gay bigots--and apologists for them--to claim that they're somehow not allowed to hold their anti-gay views, which is absurd, as you agree.

    As for being free to share them, well, sure, anyone is free to share their convictions, but it's inappropriate (did I say anything about illegal?) for a business owner to subject his paying customers to his narrow set of values. (And it was completely disrespectful--what planet do you live on where handing someone a note like that is respectful?) If someone in the hospitality business can't be hospitable towards customers who have caused no harm, I believe they should be out of the hospitality business, not because their disrespect is illegal but because they're ill-suited for the job. (If he had refused to serve the couple, that would be illegal, at least in those states that value human rights, like my own.)

    The same would apply to a business owner who harassed a mixed-race couple or a mixed-age couple or a nun. I wasn't calling on the law to do anything. If I owned a business, I would never take it upon myself to hand a customer a note--and certainly not a barely literate one--judging their family. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 12, 2013 7:29:55 PM

  3. @BRIAN: He's paraphrasing, big time. Besides his obvious illiteracy, his ability to comprehend and extrapolate biblical theology obviously needs a little improvement.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 13, 2013 12:52:32 AM

  4. Regardless of your ad hominem attacks and how you may be offended, he has a right to voice his opinion. He didn't deny service, he didn't treat them any different than any customer while they were in his place, he didn't threaten them (harassment, assault, "hate laws") so he was perfectly within his rights. I am an agnostic/anti-religious person, so the idiotic beliefs of Christians are well know to me, but when it comes to our freedoms and rights I would defend anyone's right to their say. What always surprises me (and makes me laugh at it's irony) is the rabid intolerance of the liberal and/or LGBT individuals that assault any perceived threat to their "tolerant", diverse, multicultural ideology. You don't like what he did? Don't eat there. Have something to say about it? Say it, and disagree all you like! But, don't spew this fascist BS about killing or outlawing Christians, or your totalitarian intolerance of anything or anyone that doesn't jive with your pro-diversity and pro-multiculturism worldview. Again, the irony is just astounding! Lastly, best saying I've heard in a long time, "Just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right."

    Posted by: Eric | Apr 8, 2014 6:21:39 PM

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