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Arkansas Cafe Says No to Equality Group's Fundraiser, Compares Them to the KKK


Richard Hodo, the owner of Sisters Gourmet Bistro in Van Buren, canceled a planned fundraiser by River Valley Equality Center, a local LGBT rights group, after he found out who they were, ABC4029 reports:

"I told them that I do not support their cause, that if they want to do that that's their business. I do not care, but I don't support their lifestyle and their cause," said Hodo.

The organization said they raise awareness for the gay and lesbian community in the River Valley.

"What I told the lady on the on the phone, look I said if the KKK came here and wanted to hold a fundraiser rally and all that, I wouldn't allow that either," said Hodo.

Check out the video interview here.

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  1. His comparison is outrageous and shame on anyone trying to justify it. Get a grip and grab your convictions. You're either against the mistreatment of gay people, or you willingly side with a bigot who freely compares equality groups to terrorists. SMH at apologist.

    Posted by: RegulartCion | Feb 8, 2013 9:38:04 PM

  2. I agree 2 Dads, however, if I discovered a business was homophobic but grudgingly made the wedding cake for the lesbian couple, I would not want to patronize them. If I were shopping for bakers and found out they held those views, I would probably go elsewhere to a business that supports the community. A smart business just smiles and takes the money. Good grief even the Mormon Marriotts have hotel room porn. LOLs.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Feb 8, 2013 10:14:10 PM


    Supporting the right to Freedom of Association makes one a troll? How do you figure that?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 8, 2013 10:52:17 PM


    You remind me of the right wing idiots who say that the ACLU supports NAZIs and NAMBLA because the ACLU supports freedom of speech.

    Supporting this man's right to Freedom Of Association is not the same as agreeing with him. Are you really that stupid?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 8, 2013 10:55:06 PM

  5. To those saying this man makes sense with his comparison and is fair; homophobia is a DISEASE. Get cured. If you don't, world is constantly moving forward while you and this man get left behind, further and further into irrational bigotry.

    Posted by: DAX | Feb 8, 2013 11:03:04 PM

  6. David Hearne = a new Rick alias. If it wasn't so obvious it be laughable.
    Oh Rick. Retired at home with nothing better to do then camp out on gay blogs.

    Posted by: J.J | Feb 8, 2013 11:13:46 PM

  7. @ David Hearne
    This story and related stories have nothing to do with freedom of assoiation. Don't play dumb for your agenda. That freedom of association argument could easily be used to justify any form of service being denied to gay patrons, an act which would get you jumping up and down supporting the person doing it while playing the freedom of association card. Heck, for people like you, gays would only be allowed entery in places that read 'gays allowed'
    We're not that community anymore. We don't accept discimination nor do we have to. I don't pay taxes to a system that enables bigots to deny me food, or access, or a cab, or a hotel room. We the gay community won't stand for that and if you think we will, you've got another fight way ove your head you're in for.

    Posted by: Wide Stance | Feb 8, 2013 11:18:01 PM

  8. This is the third story I've read this month alone with something similar. In other cases, the restaurants were denying gay couples altogether. And in all the cases, a select few people feel a business owners right to discriminate trumps the right of a gay individual peacefully having access to what heterosexuals have. Anyone who feels that a business owner has the right to reject gay people strictly because they are gay is no different than a segregationist. You just want to promote segregation and get away with it. Sorry we don't all agree with drinking out of "gay approved" water fountains and eateries.

    Posted by: OPL | Feb 9, 2013 12:58:29 AM

  9. This old man is an idiot and bigot. Period.

    Posted by: Dallas | Feb 9, 2013 1:00:10 AM

  10. This is getting out of hand with bigots. EVERY DAY there's a new story regarding another bigot wanting to deny us something based on our sexuality. It's not enough they vote against our rights, they now want to adopt segregation. Enough is enough!
    we need more laws that protect gay families. It's like the trolley in Louisiana that refused to allow a lesbian couple on board. Seriously? what next? gay couples can't be allowed into ice cream shops together?

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Feb 9, 2013 4:29:58 AM

  11. When you hear a person use the term "lifestyle" in relation to being gay....they equal backward, militant, fundamentalist, Bible thumping wack job. It's a code word for me that automatically identifies a bigot.

    Posted by: ZerosumNJ | Feb 9, 2013 4:31:00 AM

  12. Next, gay couples will have to start calling various businesses to ask for permission to be able to be seated inside. Whether business owners have the right or not is a moot point, the point is, they shouldn't have a right to deny access to same sex people based on who we inherently are. We're NOT asking them to marry us.

    Posted by: M.J | Feb 9, 2013 4:34:34 AM

  13. I'm really sick and tired of bigots wanting to exercise their bigotry in the name of religious freedom. I'm sick and tired of filthy religion, as a matter of fact, and have never resented anything more in my life. More folks need not be afraid to call out the sham that is religion.

    Posted by: cici | Feb 9, 2013 4:35:29 AM

  14. Surely the Sisters Groody Bistro, has been removed from the Western Arkansas Tour bus stoping agenda. It was found to be necessary since their biscuits were buttered with margarine and not real cow butter and they charged extra for the apple butter spread that you get for free at Shoneys. Also some of the white table cloths looked like the had been use for horse blankets in a KKK rally. I was not sure if the ketchup was real tomato catsup of a strange version of strawberry jam.

    Posted by: ***** | Feb 9, 2013 5:37:11 AM

  15. It's a war, boys and girls. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 9, 2013 6:15:26 AM

  16. Am I the only one who sees the irony in this bistro being named "Sisters"? That is gay slang for fellow gay men!! ROTFLMAO!!!

    Posted by: Mr. Anonymous | Feb 9, 2013 8:08:02 AM

  17. Business is business. I would let KKK use the restaurant if I have one as long as they don't carry torches into the restaurant.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 9, 2013 2:00:54 PM

  18. It's Arkansas. Do you expect any less from an ignorant, intolerant, and bigoted old white man?

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Feb 9, 2013 2:13:39 PM

  19. that's as intellectually obtuse as Stacey Campfield saying "well, if we dont' say gay at all that means we can't say anything bad, either", (before he goes on TV and the news and any interview and then says heinously bad things about gay people."

    this dunce is comparing apples and cadillacs.

    by his own faulty attempt at logic, he should be allowed to discriminate against an all-black group anyone, too.

    oh well. hope he goes out of business because of this.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 9, 2013 2:15:18 PM

  20. It should be noted that Arkansas is the state where President Eisenhower at MLK's urging sent the Army into Little Rock in 1957 to prevent Gov Faubus and the Arkansas National Guard from preventing nine black teenagers from integrating Central H.S. Closed minds open VERY slowly.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 9, 2013 3:54:32 PM

  21. When are all these bigoted old white males going to die off? It's not happening fast enough!

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Feb 9, 2013 7:53:04 PM

  22. Bandanajack made the mistake of posting comments not in accordance with the Bible of Littlekiwi. The result: All the Littlekiwi aliases like Scott Johansen, 2Dads, Art Smith etc etc came out to beat the "heretical" Bandanajack into submission.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 9, 2013 11:30:24 PM

  23. @ Wide stance

    "This story and related stories have nothing to do with freedom of assoiation. "

    It absolutely does. It's his private property, his labor, and his business. You have no constitutional right to force him to do business with you.

    "That freedom of association argument could easily be used to justify any form of service being denied to gay patrons,"


    " Heck, for people like you, gays would only be allowed entery in places that read 'gays allowed'"


    "I don't pay taxes to a system that enables bigots to deny me food, or access, or a cab, or a hotel room."

    You don't pay taxes which support that man's business. He pays taxes which support public services.

    " We the gay community won't stand for that and if you think we will, you've got another fight way ove your head you're in for."

    What you are "standing for" is to violate the rights of other people. You apparently have no respect for private property. Currently the law (as opposed to the Constitution) has been allowed to prohibit certain kinds of discrimination which amount to trampling the rights of business owners. This is wrong. All the laws and court rulings and twisted interpretations of the Constitution will not change the nature of what this practice does: it tramples the rights of citizens to control property that they own, and to refuse to do work that they don't want to do.

    If you want to force someone to work, start with people in public housing on food stamps. Those are the people your alleged taxes paid go to.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 9, 2013 11:54:29 PM

  24. FYI: Most of the adults living in Public Housing and using Food Stamps already work, often very hard and for low wages.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 10, 2013 12:07:33 AM

  25. While equality is equality I will say that comparing things such as the KKK to say the ACLU, HRC, NAACP, and other equality groups is about as smart as comparing school children to rabid dogs. I might have been a little more inclined to believe this man had meant that he didn't want to host the fundraiser so that he could stay neutral if said that he would also not host a religious fundraiser or a fundraiser for either political party. But the man said KKK so I would say that he at least looks at them both as, at the least, similar in cause or nature.

    Posted by: RC | Feb 10, 2013 4:04:25 AM

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