A Michigan business owner has obviously been paying close attention to places like Memories Pizza in Indiana, where serving up hate turned out to be good for the bottom line.
Brian Klawiter, owner of a diesel engine repair shop, tossed an obnoxiously controversial post on his company Facebook page, knowing full-well what the end result would be. Within minutes, the story went viral. His name and his company are slathered all over the internet and cable news. He claims that there have been death threats against him, and that people have threatened to burn down his business.
Sound familiar? It should. When the owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana said they would serve gays but not gay weddings, the public outrage led to them closing their doors and collecting nearly a million dollars in donations from fellow right-wing Christians and homophobes nation wide.
With such terrible publicity, why would Klawiter, a self-proclaimed “good Christian,” put this on his Facebook page?
I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business. (I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.)
Klawiter also referenced guns and promises a discount for gun owners. His diatribe included all of the talking points of a neo-conservative, and none of the beliefs of a true Christian. Not only does he hate gay people and love guns, he also felt the need to toss in some innuendos about unions and the poor, ever so proud of how his team earns their money. They certainly aren’t like those lazy poor people:
We, as a team, work hard for whats ours. We are not protected by unions or contracts. We absolutely MUST provide our customers with a service level that would make them come back or tell their friends about us. We don’t have a “right”, and we are not “entitled” to our pay. We must EARN it.
Klawiter says he doesn’t want GoFundMe money, and that everything raised will go to those who need it more than him. By his general attitude, that means some unfortunate church-going family who can only afford one gun and not a full arsenal.
This is all very convenient, and of course he claims he’s just voicing his opinion, but something tells me the other mechanics in his area will be losing business as Gadsden flag-bearing diesels from all over will flock to his shop to support his ignorance.