“Don’t Say Gay” Bill Author Stacey Campfield Booted From Bistro (Video)

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”

From knoxnews.com:

“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 Responds

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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Photo Credit: Screenshot from youtube video



Pit C.
Pit C.4 years ago

he would not be allowed at gays bistro (http://baysbistro.net) for his stupid comments

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S5 years ago

Awesome! Thanks to the great observation of Campfield from Boggs (and her actions towards him), I had a hearty laugh.

Patrick F.
Patrick f5 years ago

I had to laugh at this, this guy is so stupid, MOSS would get into college before him. I shouldn't be too hard on moss, at least it serves SOME purpose. A Senator's job must be a "just show up" job.

Wendy F.
Wendy F5 years ago

Another ignorant, stupid, moron with a big mouth. Wouldn't you think when someone speaks in public they would want to get their facts straight so they don't look like an idiot? No, I guess not.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley5 years ago

Well done, Martha Boggs. I'd have done the same thing. What a pathetic and ignorant moron Campfield is. His comments on Aids are insulting and dangerous. Are all the Republican politicians have to be so intolerant, bigoted and stupid, because so many of them seem to be acting this way.

Corey Mondello
Corey Mondello5 years ago

i am sure the "right" will use this to say: "see, states rights, any business owner should be able to throw anyone out like this lady did"... it will be used to give them a boost to support someone when they toss gays out or blacks, muslims and atheists. whats most irritating is, these folks are usually conservative christians, and they have their rights to be protected legally already, so no one can toss them out because of who they are. this is just another area where "special rights" are actually given to those who dont want anyone else to have any, and actually have less then themselves. CONSERVATIVE Christians have never done anything good for mankind. They have been against so much that has made the USA a better place. To name just a few; Civil Rights, Woman's Suffrage, Abortion Rights, Evolution, Separation of Church and State, Public Education, Immigration Reform, and Racial Integration.

Beth C.
Beth Crader5 years ago

Ms Boggs is a brave woman and I applaud her actions is refusing to allow this idiot to be served in her establishment.

Geynell Eskite
Geynell Eskite5 years ago

Q: What's the differences between Stupid and Gay?
A: Stupid is a choice.

"Ignorant Right-wing Conservative Republican Bigot" is too long (and too redundant) of a description. Let's see...what would be a more concise brand-name for these guys...?
I know, how about "Douche"? Yeah, that works.

Arild Warud

Let him taste some of his own medicine,thanks Martha.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence5 years ago

Dangerous is right because there ared idiots in that state as well as others who believe this crap! How can people be so ignorant? It's because they want to be - they do not want to face the truth which would mean they have been wrong all these yeras! geeez YAY, Martha - kick his dumb ass out!