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‘The Moral High Ground’: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Tennessee Republican State Sen. Stacey Campfield Kicked Out of Martha Bogg’s Bistro Bijou

A Republican state senator from Tennessee who is sponsoring a controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill and who recently blamed AIDS on “one guy screwing a monkey and then having sex with men” was kicked out of a Knoxville restaurant because the owner took offense to his bigotry.

Martha Boggs, owner of The Bistro at the Bijou, asked Sen. Stacey Campfield to leave her establishment after he showed up to eat on Sunday. Campfield has been getting lots of headlines lately, both over his “Don’t Say Gay” bill (SB 49) that would prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom before the ninth grade, and for comments he made in which he compared homosexuality to bestiality, denied the existence of anti-gay bullying, decried the “glorification” of homosexuality in the media and claimed that AIDS originated from a man having sex with an infected monkey and then another man.

According to Metro Pulse, Boggs gave this explanation:

“I didn’t want his hate in my restaurant. I told him he wasn’t welcome here. … I feel like he’s gone from being stupid to being dangerous, and I wanted to stand up to him.”

Boggs then posted this status on her restaurant’s Facebook wall:

“I hope that Stacy (sic) Campfield now knows what it feels like to be unfairly discriminated against.”

More than 4,300 people have “liked” that status.

Towelroad posted some highlights from the more than 900 comments Bogg’s status has generated:

Brooke Scurlock:
From Nashville- thank you for your stand against bigotry and discrimination! Will be sure to eat at your place when in Knoxville and spread the word to friends and family! Thank you!

Jeff Doughty:
Just heard a rumor that yall asked th village idiot to leave!! If its true, THANK YOU!

The Huffington Post reports that not everyone approved of Bogg’s action:

“Denying service to a man because you don’t agree with his opinions is no different than denying service to a man because you don’t like his skin color,” one Facebook user commented.

Not exactly, I say. Denying service to a man because you don’t agree with his bigoted opinions would be more akin to denying service to a man because you don’t like the fact that he doesn’t like the color of someone else’s skin.

Sen. Campfield told BuzzFeed: “I went in there and the lady started calling me names and wouldn’t serve me” because she claimed he is homophobic. Campfield denies that accusation. “In my business I do rental properties and I’ve rented to homosexuals, mixed-race couples, black couples,” he tellingly explained. “And about every single group you can think of has been in my office.”

Here’s some of what Sen. Campfield has said about homosexuals:

  • On anti-gay bullying: “That bullying thing is the biggest lark out there.”
  • On why only heterosexuality should be discussed in schools: “I just think there are situations where some kids maybe sexually unsecure [sic] in themselves or sexually confused and don’t necessarily know clearly what direction they are. If someone, a person of influence, says maybe you’re gay, maybe you should explore those things — maybe the child, who is young and impressionable, says maybe I am gay. [Homosexuals] do not naturally reproduce. It has not been proven that it is nature. It happens in nature, but so does beastiality That does not make it right or something we should be teaching in school.”
  • On the “glorification” of gays in the media: “Homosexuals represent about 2 to 3 percent of the population yet you look at television and plays and theaters, it’s 50 percent of the theaters, probably more than that, 50 percent of the theaters based on something about homosexuality.”
  • On AIDS: “Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall. My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted]. What’s the average lifespan of a homosexual? it’s very short. Google it yourself.”

Wouldn’t you kick this ignorant, bigoted douchebag out of your place of business?

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