Last Sunday morning, Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield was taking three others to brunch at the Bistro at the Bijou in Knoxville when he was approached by the owner and told to leave.
You can find out all about Campfield by reading Care2′s Steve Williams’ posts here.
Martha Boggs, owner of the Bistro at the Bijou, says she ordered state Sen. Stacey Campfield out of her Gay Street restaurant and banned him from brunch Sunday in disgust over his recent remarks about gays and the origin of the AIDS virus.
“He’s Really Gone From Being Stupid To Dangerous”
“When I saw him at the front door, I told him to leave,” Boggs said Monday. “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.”
In case you’re not familiar with his views, Campfield, Republican – Knoxville, has made national headlines as sponsor of the so-called “don’t say gay” bill. The bill passed the state Senate last year after being revised to permit only sexuality involving “natural human reproduction” to be discussed in public schools. It still awaits a House vote.
And there’s plenty more.
AIDS Began When A Gay Airline Pilot Had Sex With A Monkey?
Campfield made national news again last week after he blamed the AIDS virus on a gay airline pilot having sex with monkeys and called the disease “virtually impossible” to contract via heterosexual intercourse. He made the comments during a radio interview on Sirius XM’s gay-lesbian channel, OutQ. Apparently he hasn’t read the recent report that around one third of AIDs cases are spread by heterosexual people.
Check out this news article to read more of the bigotry and ignorance that Senator Campfield promotes.
Campfield responded to the events of Sunday in a blog post. Here’s an excerpt:
As you may have read I was asked to leave a restaurant in Knoxville because my beliefs did not support the owners beliefs on homosexuality. I had not said anything. I was just standing there waiting for a table when the owner came up and started yelling at me calling me names and telling me they were not going to serve me because of my alleged beliefs saying I hate gays. I said in as calm a way as I could that I don’t hate gays and the things I have said were backed up by the CDC. I offered to send her the links.
He goes on to compare himself to Jesus Christ and the civil rights activists of the 60s.
“Today’s Special: Fried Chicken, Crispy Chicken Livers. No Stacey”
Boggs said she’s tolerated Campfield’s business in the past, but his most recent remarks crossed the line.
The sign in front of the Bistro Monday read, “Today’s Special: Fried Chicken. Crispy Chicken Livers. No Stacey.”
Kudos to Martha Boggs for having the moral courage and strength to tell Campfield he was not welcome at her restaurant. Now the question is, “How did this state senator ever manage to get elected?”
To get the full flavor of Stacey Campbell, watch his interview with David Pakman here:
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