Monday, January 30, 2012

More fun than a barrel of monkeys

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.

I have been quite open and clear on my beliefs and have backed them up with facts from the CDC and others. Unfortunately some people do not let facts get in the way of their prejudice.

She looked confused on what to do for a second then she started to yell and call me names again so I figured it was better to just leave. As Jesus said, "If you are not welcomed in a town shake the dust off your feet and move on". My friends and I went to latitude 35 and had a good breakfast.


The cries of "Ha ha. we showed him!" fall flat to me. It is not I who lost out. My friends and I still had a good meal. We just gave our money to a more gracious host.

What was showen was a lack of professionalism. In my legislative role I have always had an open door to any of my constituency. Gay rights groups have been in my office several times and I would like to think that even though we may disagree on some issues I have always treated them graciously.

In my private business (Property rental) I have rented to people of all races and creeds. Black, white, Asians, gay, straight, christian and non christian alike. I do not discriminate. I wonder how the owner of the restaurant would act toward another restaurant if the shoe were on the other foot and the business refused service to a gay person? I know I would not eat there.

In the 60's my grandfather sat at the lunch counters with the blacks in Knoxville to help break up the segregation of the races. I guess some people still support segregation. Just segregation of thought. Some people have told me my civil rights were violated under the 1964 civil rights act in that a person can not be denied service based on their religious beliefs. (I am catholic and the catholic church does not support the act of homosexuality) I had not thought about that much.

I just figured this is just another example of the open minded tolerant left. They claim tolerances for divergent points of view.....Until someone actually has one. Then they don't know how to handle it.

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  1. Amazing how often those that accuse are themselves guilty. Psychologists call this "projection." I think you saw it firsthand, Senator.

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  2. The opposite of "gay" isn't "constantly making anti-gay comments", it's "straight." You're speaking in a false dichotomy.

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  3. People aren't going to service you in airport bathrooms anymore, either.

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  4. Fortunately a business may exclude or remove anyone for any reason. A business in my town regular made a habit of barring those they found were or could be disruptive to their environment.

    I think everyone in this scenario is a winner.
    -The person who took your money either agrees with you or sees that business is more important than their moral compass.
    -You and your friends pumped a meager amount of money into the local economy and ate somewhere as stated above.
    -No one in the Bistro had to endure your presence if they disagreed with you.

    The old adage of a customer always being right is a myth to trick people out of their money and a new form of self entitlement.

    No one infringed on your right to Free Speech; they just decided not to listen.

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  5. You got what you deserved, dimwit.

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    1. Those who can debate an issue-do, those who can't call names and use an anonymous profile.

      Unfortunately in today's world many liberals demand to take away the rights of Bible believing Christians, then go ballistic when something they support is questioned.

      You need to understand that Christians do not hate gays; but pray for their redemption. The "hate" word is nothing but a word used to STOP free speech.

      We actually love them like we would love an alcoholic, drug addict or any other person creating harm in their own life. If they are happy that is wonderful, but I work with so many who are living chaotic and violent lifestyles and I see all the pain in their lives. It breaks my heart to see them using drugs and alcohol trying to numb away the pain.

      May God Bless them all and may Stacey continue to stand for his beliefs.

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    2. Ad hominem: results from no intelligent response.

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    3. "If your brother or sister is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love" (Romans 14:15).

      When righteousness begets bigotry it is no longer righteous. Amen.

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    4. Liz, I am the same as you. I am gay and I can't stand it when Bible believing Christians try to take away my rights based on a book that is thousands of years old and written by some dude pretending to be God. The bible is full of contradictions as is the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-good (omnipotent, omnipresent, and omni-benevolent, respectively) being. I hate it when christians patronize me, telling me I am the same as a drug addict for loving someone of my gender. If as you believe, God created me, why would he make me gay if he wasn't a little bit gay himself? That is right, I am calling God gay and if he has a problem with that he can come talk to me in person, in this life.

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    5. God did not make you gay - I am sorry you have chosen to be gay and hope one day you will see the light. You obviously are hurt knowing you are living an abnormal lifestyle (you cannot procreate so you can't argue that point) It is difficult to know you are wrong but maybe someday you will be enlightened...and if you think you can get under God's skin it won't work...you are just trying to make other people angry. If you want to talk to God - just pray to him.

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    6. I'm glad you are so 100% positive that homosexuals "choose" to be gay. You seems like a smart person. Please, explain to me why it is a choice. I would be delighted to know how.

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    7. Anonymous, I am a sterile God-loving straight female and you have broken my heart. I have thought for some time that God must hate me for forcing me to live in this unnatural way. Now you have confirmed it - I think you are the voice of God on earth. It is time for me to turn away from God and embrace a life of monkey sin.

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  6. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.

    And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin and destruction of souls. Amen.

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  7. "with the blacks"

    Yep, we get it.

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    1. It's like saying "with the Indians" or "with the Chinese". The author certainly knows they are not part of that ethnic group, and was merely stating so.

      There's so many thin skinned race baiters out there. We get it too.

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    2. I wondered if anyone else noticed that.

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    3. Glad to see I'm not the only person who noticed that entry.

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  8. I guess I didn't really want to spend money there either. Reckon I would get thrown out when I prayed over my meal... Bigotry is bigotry in which ever direction you apply it.
    If you can't sit down and have reasoned discourse you have no place in this society.

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    1. What you fail to recognize is that the Senator was not refused service for his religious beliefs. He was refused service for making reprehensible statements about a group of people he clearly knows nothing about.

      If you or the Senator would care to back up his statements, Biblically, I think there are a lot of people who would like to hear it.

      Also, if either you or the Senator would like to explain how his statements are remotely related to "reasoned discourse," we'd like to hear that also.

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    2. Im pretty sure your seat at the table will be filled.

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  9. Hi Senator,
    While the owner of that restaurant had the right not to serve you, wouldn't it have been much better to talk to you and express her views or why she disagreed with you?
    Freedom of speech is a funny thing. People always fight for it until they don't like what the other person is saying. As a blogger, I would love to talk to you and get some thoughts. We may not agree on some points but I don't think that the way to change someone's opinion is to send them quietly into the corner. Your executive assistant has my number. I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!

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    1. We have the American right to speak freely, however with that right should come the acceptance that others have the right to not like what you say. Just because you have the right to speak your mind, it does not require that I like it, respect it, or want to have you around in my establishment, household, or government. So tired of the free speech argument being used to require that I enjoy whatever someone freely has to say and not to react as I see fit - using my own freedom of speech to do so.

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    2. And she could have done it without an audience. But then she would not have came off as a champion.

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    3. Good Luck with that. He has had many People in his Office and they have gotten no where.

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  10. It is not that the Left cannot handle your views... it IS that you are PAID to fight for the rights of ALL the people in your state. There are some that are heterosexual and some that are not. There are some that are Black and some who are White. You have to be able to fight for the rights of ALL those you represent and YOUR very close minded views on homosexuality, which you have made crystal clear, do not reflect the thought process of your constiuents. I am very greatful that you aren't my senator and hope that you promptly lose your next election; not because I disagree with you and I don't know what to do with myself. I hope you lose because you are unable to do your job, which is fight for ALL those that elected you.
    PS- comparing your 'situation' with those who fought and died for Civil Rights in the 60s? Classy... and absolutely wrong. Not even close to being on the same plane. Not even close.

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    1. What has Stacey Campfield"s beliefs got to do with bein "paid to fight for the rights of all the people in your state"? The whole mess has nothing to do with anybody's "rights" ! It was his "right" to be served in an open-to-the-public restaurant that was violated ! As long as he holds to his beliefs, he will get my vote, and the votes of others who believe as he does.

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    2. The Senator's constituents are the ones who put him in office.

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    3. Well said Miss Mox.

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  11. Except, as the owner said, members of your state have multiple places to eat. They do not, however, have multiple legislatures to protect their rights. By refusing rights to gays, you are just demonstrating that you are a homophobic bible-thumper stuck in the past.

    "They claim tolerances for divergent points of view.....Until someone actually has one."

    I see nothing wrong with being intolerant OF intolerance itself. Your point is so weak my six year old could refute it. It's time you start representing ALL of your constituents, not just those you happen to agree with.

    Also, calling the left "open minded" is pretty much the farthest thing from insulting. So thank you for realizing that yes, we do actually tolerate people from all walks of life.

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    1. "open minded" hello? you realize he was being sarcastic, right?

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    2. The liberal left is open minded as long as it follows their agenda, but God forbid if you have a different opinion and dare to express it.

      Something else that I want to point out - there is no such thing as homophobia ! That is something the liberals and gays have come up with to show their anti-establishment and closed minded thinking. Those who have concerns about the lifestyle of the gay community have a legitimate concern for their soles and the spread of disease. Remember Sodom and Gamorah and why they were destroyed was due to the "unnatural love of men for men". The Bible and other spiritual teachings tell us that in the end times that the "unnatural love" and uncurable disease will prevail. Statistics tell us that approximately 1% of the population is gay but they have made so many inroads that anyone who isn't gay is discriminated against and that isn't right. If those who had HIV and Aides had been quantined the way they should have been when it was discovered 30 years ago we wouldn't be facing the pandemic we are today.

      The lies about being gay is inborn are straight from Satan and he is the father of lies. Those who support the lifestyle are really announcing where they stand on a lot more issues than their support of the gay community. This woman as made a statement that should mean a big loss of business to her.

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    3. Satan does not exist. "Evil is not a positive entity, but the lack of a perfection that ought to be there."

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    4. "Those who have concerns about the lifestyle of the gay community have a legitimate concern for their soles and the spread of disease."
      It is so aggravating to be preached to by someone who can't be bothered to use correct grammar, or spelling, for that matter.

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    5. Or, "aides". This pandemic of assistance has to cease. Help is the bane of humanity. To oversaturate, is to be gay, and infected, by a monkey...

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  12. see, it would have been different if she had kicked you out for being red-haired or having a girl's name

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  13. Senator Campfield, please know of the thoughts and prayers of countless Christians in the area, who are hearing about what happened to you at a downtown restaurant!

    What a hero you are in our eyes, for taking a stand for the teachings of Christ! For each person who says bad things about you, there must be thousands in this area who agree with you on the stand you are taking for the truth!

    Gays are wrong to think that you hate them. You clearly do not hate them, but care, as Jesus did, about everyone enough to teach them wrong from right!

    YOU ARE OUR HERO, SENATOR!

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    1. Not all Christians. As a seminary student, I am appalled. Grace is not only what we receive but what we give to others as well.

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    2. This country was founded on religious freedom. The Senator's religious views, and yours, should not come into play in any political discussion or decision. Christian's are not the only ones who vote, and as such - Christian views should not be the only ones served. Ask Jesus - he would agree.

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    3. is this a joke? campfield a hero? hahahahahahahahahaha
      is this the guy who parked his car on the sidewalk in nashville in front of a govt building or was it someone else??

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  14. "Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Blessed are you, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

    Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    You are the salt of the earth..."

    Matthew 5:10-13

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    1. none of the above.

      stop quoting a book of ancient superstitions written by sheep goat herders.

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    2. Exactly. Homosexuals are the constant victims of people using Jesus to spread lies about them and persecute them. Jesus would be horrified if he came back and saw what is going on ih HIS house these days, he would not be real fond of people using his name to hurt other human beings. The right is excellent as selling themselves as victims or religious intolerance and anyone with a brain knows that's complete nonsense.

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  15. Stacey, you could probably win a pretty big lawsuit against these people, but I know you wouldn't be interested in doing anything like that...

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    1. Private establishments can serve whomever they choose. There is no lawsuit here.

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    2. The first anonymous is correct. Though I, as a business owner, cannot refuse service to a race, gender or religious group, I CAN refuse service to an individual.

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  16. This would be a simple case of owner reserves the right to refuse service, but the owner was over the top. Instead of simply asking the senator to leave the restaurant they appear to have yelled and caused a scene. The senator left and ate somewhere better. The restaurant owner should be ashamed for the behavior.

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    1. I agree totally.There is NO excuse for calling anyone out and being so rude. Boggs knew she could do it and got pleasure from it.I will get pleasure from NEVER eating there.Some Christians are too afraid to speak out against this type of bullying but you can quietly show your distaste by NEVER eating there.I'm sure if a gay person had entered and was told to leave for fear of catching something all would be different then. NO one deserves the treatment he got for one's beliefs.

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    2. While I agree that he did not deserve to be removed OR spoken to in such a way, comparing his removal to that of a random gay person for "fear of catching something" is completely different.

      Sen Campfield was removed as an individual, not that he held beliefs of a certain point of view, but instead spewed misquotes, mistaken data and out lies during his interview. The gay person being removed did something they could not change...something immutable.

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  17. Excellent post, Stacey. That has always been the strategy of the liberals especially the liberal elites, shoot the messenger rather than debate the issues.

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  18. Go into the settings and reduce the maximum number of posts per page. I have 8GB of ram and really fast internet, yet my browser freezes up on blog. If you only allow 5 or 10 posts per page, it probably wouldn't get so bogged down.

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  19. Here ya go: http://www.shotsacrossthebow.com/index.php/site/comments/we/

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  20. Clearly there hasn't been one positive comment on this as there are zero comments visible. What a coward.

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  21. I was with you for the most part until your final paragraph. "I figured this is just another example of the open minded tolerant left. They claim tolerances for divergent points of view..... Until someone actually has one. Then they don't know how to handle it."

    This is a dangerous fallacy that is cripling the American political system: generalizing to the whole. "They" is not a homogenous group. There certainly are many people on the left and the right who struggle with tolerance, but let's not assume that the whole of the left is intolerant. That's the same as a new church-goer being offended and rebuffed by some parishioners on a visit to church who chooses never to return because "all Christians are hypocrites". Let's deal with people as people, not just faceless entities of "us vs. them". Neither the Left nor the Right is the enemy. The enemy is the fear and loathing that occurs when people with divergent points of view don't try to know each other. It drives away discourse and feeds prejudice. Remember what Jesus says in Matthew 5:44, "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." There doesn't seem to be any room for vilifying or even lumping together those who oppose you into one group. We are all people. Let's not lose sight of that.

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    1. You are trying to talk reason to the clueless.

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  22. Women can also be gay. We're called "lesbians". Our rate of HIV is nearly ZERO. Why not teach school kids the actual facts about biology and disease transmission and relationships?

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  23. You're likening your Catholic faith to racial discrimination. What about your discrimination against homosexuals with your SB51 bill? What about the ignorant hate speech on the origins of HIV transmission and your incorrect assertion that it's not transmitted through heterosexual acts?

    GLBT people are in a protected class, as are Catholics. IF you were turned away because of that you have a right to say that your civil rights were violated when the restaurant refused you service HOWEVER you know very well that your religion isn't the reason you were turned away. I know many GLBT Catholics and many Catholics who are not gay but who are not discriminatory against gays.

    Please don't hide behind your religion. You've demonstrated that you're homophobic by your past words and actions. That's the reason Martha Boggs refused you service. She has every right to refuse service to a bigot.

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    1. Catholics who dissent from Church teaching on these issues are not Catholic in good standing, they are Catholic in mane only. The Senator's beliefs are based on his religious faith therefore he was discriminated against because of his faith.

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    2. Hey Ann,

      Smoking weed is part of the Rastafarian faith. Does the fact that it's a religious view make it an okay practice in a modern society or will they get arrested.

      What about radical Muslims being able to stone adulterers? There is scripture to support that.

      Where is the line? If I can't judge you for discriminating against the gays based on some ancient book, then you can't judge Muslims for discriminating against women.

      If you can show me why one is okay but not the other you might have an actual point. Good luck.

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    3. Disagree. As a Catholic I would remind you that the Church is against the ACT of homosexuality, which would be inappropriate in a elementary or middle school setting. What Campfield has expressed are bigoted views regarding a protected group. He has the right to be bigoted, as does anyone else, but the views he has expressed publically are completely false. I would also wager that responses such as yours are intentially inflammatory in that you equate his individual views with religious freedom. Not to mention the hypocrisy of cleaving to the Old Testament while completing ignoring the Testament of Jesus. Views like yours are dividing Christians into two groups: followers of Jesus and fundamentalist zealots. Which side are you on?

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    4. The Senator is wrong in all he has had to say in the last few days!!! As a Catholic I resent his use of the Church to express his views!! Someone should introduce him to Gay people so he would not be so afraid!!!!

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  24. "the blacks". Really?? Virtually impossible for heterosexuals to get HIV?? You are so out of touch Mr. Canfield, I fear that you are too far gone to bring back to reality or this century.

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    1. Again every little thing is suspect.I always refer to black people as black as well as white people as white good grief no wonder the world is gone crazy.

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    2. So many people are missing this.

      The issue is "the blacks" versus "black people" or just "blacks". The inclusion of "the" draws a firm separation of the two subjects in the English language. You wouldn't say "a black" to refer to them singularly. It's the syntax you would use for lesser qualifiers like "the students" or "the terrorists" and not used for something like race. It implies a black man is as different from me as a student is from a terrorist.

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    3. ^^As a student is from a terrorist (syntactically, not literally). That would be hyperbole. When talking about people of a different race, you should really say thing like he or she or them. Not refer to them as "the" objects.

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    4. There is only one race, the human race. Cope.

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  25. Tolerance. Ha the word of the day. You cannot put intollerance out into the world and expect it back. What she did was wrong! But my friend you have Jesus in your heart as well as hate. And quess what. Jesus is pissed at you. Tolerance.

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  26. Come on, Stacey. This isn't a "do as I say, not as I do" situation, no matter how you want to make it out to be one.

    If a conservative Republican restaurant owner wished to refuse service to a gay couple, I would refuse to patronize them. But since sexual orientation is not a protected class in Tennessee, he would, unfortunately, be fully within his rights to do so. You weren't kicked out for your religious beliefs, or your race or gender - you were kicked out for your outrageous views on a political issue. And so the restaurant owner had every right to do so.

    Furthermore, I am appalled that you would sanctimoniously bring up the civil rights struggle to defend your position. You know full well that you exploited the entire issue for free publicity, when you attempted to join the Congressional Black Caucus so you could cry crocodile tears of reverse racism.

    By the way, my name is Josh Campfield, and I live in Pennsylvania. I'm thankful that most of us who share the Campfield name reject your indefensible views.

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    1. I didn't know that open-to-the-public restaurants needed to post signs that say people of certain political positions are not welcome in their restaurant !

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    2. I think we all know whom started this to get publicity and it sure wasn't Stacey Campfield.I'm sure Stacey is equally glad you are not related to him.

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  27. I just wanted to personally apologize to you. I was one of those people who inwardly cheered when I heard that the screaming woman chased you out of your restaurant.

    Then someone posting at Mamapundit.com offered up your real quotes. I'm ashamed that I jumped on the bandwagon of bigotry and didn't find out for myself what you actually said.

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    1. You were probably afraid not to cheer,that's why stuff like this is happening and it's time to stand up and say enough already.The gay and lesbians have a long history of trying to push their agenda on everyone else and they use bullying and embarassment as their tactics.All need to start letting them know we wont stand for this type of scare tactics.I would not have treated anyone in such a manner and felt good about it.

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  28. Pray, DO give us your links, Senator. There are none linked to the word "links" in your above post.

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    1. Tom..."And let's face it--millions of people can't be wrong Stacey."

      YES, they can, Tom.

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  29. This could be such a learning moment for you.

    You have very specific beliefs about gay people that seem to be based on old and unreliable information.

    And yet you accuse Ms. Boggs of doing the exact same thing.

    Probably the most outrageous aspect of this whole affair is that you accuse gays of certain behaviors--claim that we have very specific characteristics. Don't you think that for fairness sake you should say something to the effect like, "but we all have shortcomings... heterosexual people have issues--problems with abortion, children out of wedlock, having children we're unable to afford..."

    Why is it that your view seems to always fail to include these facts for perspective sake?

    And let's face it--millions of people can't be wrong Stacey. Millions of people are outraged by your kind of speech.

    You really need to try to make this a learning experience...

    Many of the segregationists learned--changed their minds. Maybe you'll change your heart one day too...

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    1. Millions of people can't be wrong, you have got be kidding. Did you ever hear of the Holocaust or the civil war or any war for that matter. In fact millions of people are always wrong on oneside or the other of any issue and often both sides are wrong.

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    2. Matt Larkin the reporter who wrote the front page story about this incident intentionally misrepresented your comments on this blog. He said you compared yourself to Jesus Christ and to the civil rights demonstrators of the 60s. Quoting Jesus is not comparing yourself to Jesus and saying your grandfather participated is not the same thing as comparing yourself. This man simply has no integrity or he is really stupid.

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    3. Exactly thats how they get more stirred up.

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  30. Are you a 12 year old? The restaurant owners statement wasn't 'Ha, ha,we showed him.' Her statement demonstrating that someone who seeks to marginalize and harm others through false information, bigotry, and gossip based theories and happens to have the political platform and power to do so, need not be served.

    Get the difference yet?

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  31. Just another contrived controversy from the dumbass media figures in Knoxville. You are like magic, Stacey; your every word makes the headlines.

    Homosexuality is an UNHEALTHY act. Uh oh, now I'm being intolerant. Better publish some more stories and kick me out of some restaurants.

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    1. If you say "Homosexuality is an UNHEALTHY act" You might as well go ahead and say ALL sex is an unhealthy act. Heterosexual people get AIDs as well, complications with pregnancies. Heterosexual sex has probably caused more deaths than Homosexual sex.

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  32. I would have ran you down the street.

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    1. No, no you wouldn't.

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    2. If you are to run somebody down the street is that not threat of assault? What would you do if the person just stood there? Physically attack them scream and shout? What because intimidation is violence is illegal!

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  33. A few years ago, there was a (false) rumor going around the internet about Jane Fonda being refused service at a restaurant owned by a Vietnam vet.

    I'll gladly bet that most people who are cheering Stacey Campfield would have taken the other side when a Vietnam vet throwing Jane Fonda out.

    http://www.snopes.com/movies/actors/fonda.asp

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  34. Ms. Boggs is a publicity whore and a narrow minded pinhead. This whole deal is a stunt to draw attention to her lame-ass restaurant and to win accolades from her progressive buddies.

    Tolerance is always a one-way street. It's funny how that works. Tell me, who is the real bigot?

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    1. Calling someone a publicity whore isn't very Christian.

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    2. Agreed she was out of order she should have just asked him to leave quietly.

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    3. Agree she should have just asked him to leave quietly and not demonstrated when somebody is trying to fuel up. Because when blood sugars are low people fowl up. Though she knew that.

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  35. Refusing service to a gay person just for being gay is very different from refusing service to a particular person because of specific policies and actions that person has taken.

    Refusing service to a black person for being black is wrong. Refusing service to a particular black man who had made public, legal steps to delegitimize your family and threaten your business would not be wrong.

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  36. Mr. Campfield,
    I support you, keep up the fight. To all your haters, find God quick he still loves you despite your sinful nature.

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    1. Look at the hater, addressing the targets of hate by people like YOU and calling THEM haters. How ironic and laughable. If God loves all, and all have sin, why do YOU feel the need to try the self-righteous act as though being a bigot makes you somehow less sinful?

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  37. I applaud your stance Senator. It is the leftwing in this country that is trying to FORCE their perverted morality on others. Homosexuality is descriptive of a BEHAVIOR and is not a innate characteristic of birth. There is no medical scientist or doctor in the world who can predict the future sexual beahvior of a child. Homosexuality is a corruption of natural human sexuality. Morally the leftwing approves of this type of corrupt behavior and they seek to FORCE this perverted morality upon everyone. The leftwing seek to use the Courts and the law to punish any business or any person who disagrees with their perverted moral views.

    The homosexual movement has become the most fascist movement in my lifetime whereas they seek to FORCE everyone to either march lockstep with their perverted beliefs or they will try to destroy you. The left have shown their morality to be completely corrupted and perverse since the sixties counter culture sexual revolution. They continually try to sexually pervert our children and to take away our right to representation on issues of public decency. Since the leftwing do not belief that 'we the people' have a right to call homosexuality a corrupt behavior and vote against allowing it to run free and spread in our society then maybe next they will decide to attack our right to representation on the age of consent?

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    1. Gay people are not trying to force anything on anyone. They just want to live their lives and have access to the same things that you do. Why should I be denied the right to visit my spouse in the hospital? Why should I be forced to pay a higher tax rate because I am gay?

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    2. Good thing you brought this up. You have no refutable evidence that homosexuality is not innate. Those same doctors cannot predict the future child's hair or eye color any differently than sexuality. BUT, that's OK, because in America we protect choices. If you disagree with me, lets alter your following statements by one word...

      Religion is descriptive of a BEHAVIOR and is not a innate characteristic of birth. There is no medical scientist or doctor in the world who can predict the future religious behavior of a child.

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    3. Which is why 'religion' is specifically protected in our Constitution. Religious behavior is specifically protected by our Constitution. Sexual behaviors are not.

      Leftwing homosexual activist stand against allowing 'We the People' a right to representation on the issue of sexual behavior and how it is dealt with publically. The homosexual activists use Activist Judges on the Courts in order to dictate their perverted morality to others and to FORCE it upon others. Businesses are being sued and individuals are being fired for not believing in the perverse morality of the leftwing.

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    4. To the Anonymous person above who applauds the senator: Your paranoid rant reveals a person afraid of everything and everyone who doesn't agree with you, and all you seem to know are lies. Gay people aren't forcing anything on anyone, and you are confusing homosexuality with pedophilia - and most pedophiles are STRAIGHT. Hateful people like you deserve an opinion, but you also deserve to be called out for your ugly self-righteous bigotry and the lies you attempt to spread about people whom you know NOTHING about. Shame on you, and with that I'll leave you to wallow in your hate and fear of anyone who isn't exactly like you. PS - you may want to sign up to join the Nazi party; they would welcome people like you.

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    5. "Homosexuality is descriptive of a BEHAVIOR and is not a innate characteristic of birth."

      100% FALSE. There is more than enough scientific research that proves that sexual orientation is innate. Do a Google search for: identical twin gay studies, gay birth order studies, gay straight brain scan research. They all prove that sexual orientation is innate.

      Because you've chosen to be religious (You weren't BORN religious.), you've also chosen to believe that gay people are immoral. That's your opinion, NOT fact. Personally, I think Newt Gingrich is one of the most immoral people I've ever seen. But the funny thing is, he actually has all of his civil rights (including the right to get divorced and married over and over again), regardless of how immoral he is. Just because someone is straight, hardly makes them moral.

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  38. I came back to this post today almost as an afterthought, but I wanted to see how many people criticized Senator Campfield for his beliefs, yet did not go to any of the pages and criticize the owner for their openly hostile behavior. There was an opportunity inform each of the others beliefs. This I believe is necessary for a functional society and a thriving religion.

    To be fair I think that ALL parenting and social advice should be removed from schools (its not their jobs). And I do believe homosexuality is wrong, it is not our job to convict. I know, though I am saved, I sin just as much as the next person. Therefore we must welcome the person and show that even though what we believe is one of their choices is wrong, they still have worth and are valued. If my sins were aired publicly do you really think I would want to go to Church? No. I can go because I understand the person next to me is as guilty as I am, and has asked the same forgiveness (and it doesn't and hasn't ever mattered for what). If I can't believe and extend the forgiveness I know to have been extended to my asking, to anyone, my belief and faith is broken.

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  39. Senator Campfield,

    The CDC has HIV/AIDS stats for Tennessee. They report that, through 2008, 22.8% of reported HIV/AIDS cases had been transmitted via heterosexual sex. While it is a smaller percentage than men transmitted by men having sex with men (54.9%), it is nonetheless the second largest category, more than all cases of infection by intravenous drug users.

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/stateprofiles/pdf/Tennessee_profile.pdf

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  40. Gays, read Leviticus. I need say no more.

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      Of course you are entitled to your private opinions about anything under the sun. However, using your public office to spread bigotry may well be an impeachable offense. Bet you get to find out soon.

      bye!

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    2. Anonymous, read the New Testament.

      Remember, you can't be a Christian if you don't start with Christ.

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    3. Interesting how you seem to have no problem ignoring the other prohibitions in Leviticus.

      Hypocrite.

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    4. Yeah, and stop wearing poly-cotton blends! Jesus hates it!

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    5. Wearers of mixed fabrics, read Leviticus. I need say no more.

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  41. "Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them"- Karl Popper

    Anyone who is willing to stand up to your stripe of religiously motivated (and wrongly at that; you've been commanded not to judge others, sir and certainly not to throw stones) is a hero in my book.

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  42. Do post the links, Stacey. Otherwise people might think you are bearing false witness.

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  43. I'm gay and I support you on this, Senator. She was just plain rude.

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    1. Thank you for that.Show's not all gays are mean and cruel.I gladly let you live your life and you let me live mine without forcing anything on the other.I'm not gay and I support you for being kind to another.No matter what people say it does not mean we all have to be so mean to each other.

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    2. Gee that's sure wonderful of you, Anonymous. You basically won't spit on Tony if you see him in the street. Do you think that makes you wonderful?

      Will you support Tony's pursuit of a lower tax rate with his spouse? Do you support his right to sponsor his spouse for immigration?

      Gays are asking for *nothing* straight people don't already have.

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  44. Mm. The persecution is strong in this one.

    "As Jesus said, 'If you are not welcomed in a town shake the dust off your feet and move on'."

    See? He's Just. Like. Jesus.

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  45. Hey Stacey,

    Remind me again of the first 2 verses of Matthew, chapter 7 (part of the Sermon on the Mount). Oh, yeah, goes something like this:

    "Judge not, lest ye be judged. For whatsoever measures ye judge, ye shall be judged."

    So, lemme ask you - are any of your 'informed decisions' about homosexuality judgments? If not, why not? They sure sound like judgments to me.....

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    1. He is Judging there actions.. Not there heart. Jesus spoke of the heart or condition of the heart. Or what comes out of the mouth.

      We are to judge ones actions tho.

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  46. There are plenty of countries where religious doctrine is firmly entrenched in governing laws. I'm thankful that the United States is not one of those countries.

    When deciding matters concerning gay rights, religious doctrine should NOT be considered. It doesn't matter whether you're citing the Bible, the Talmud or the Qur'an.

    Never forget that if the Bible is an acceptable guide for our legal system, then we must acknowledge ALL religious codices in the same fashion. Otherwise, we would be respecting an establishment of religion, and I'm sure no one here wants that.

    So enjoy your Bible. Read it at home. Read it at church. Read it in school*. But when you hold public office, don't read it at work.


    * It's legal folks. It's always been legal.

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  47. Except you DO discriminate, your SB 0049 proves JUST that. http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=SB0049&GA=107

    Whether you agree or not with homosexuality it IS real. And you sponsored this bill to NOT teach it in schools, it makes no sense, if you REALLY believe AIDS is spread and started with homosexual sex then why wouldn't you want to teach with sex education how not to spread the disease.

    Don't play the victim.

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  48. Read the U.S. Constitution. Whatever ancient and human created belief system you subscribe to is irrelevant. The principles of equality, liberty and justice upon which this country was founded are found in the Constitution, which is the supreme laws of this land. You are welcome to continue to judge your fellow man based upon your morals of convenience, but this country is not just yours, it is all of ours. Respect the flag, respect the citizens, respect yourself.

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  49. A most reasoned and gracious reply to a most ungracious and childish host. Excellent job Senator, keep on fighting the good fight against the homosexual lobby's attempts to trample the religious freedoms of Christian parents. The more naysayers try to spam you with hate mail and trollish comments, remember how the apostles reacted to such treatment,

    "So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name." (Acts 5:41)

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    1. JC,

      An interesting point that you think the homosexual lobby is trying to trample on religious freedoms. Would those freedoms include bullying young boys to the point that they commit suicide? Would those freedoms include physically assaulting a man because he didn't stand in a masculine way? Would those freedoms include arresting two adults of the same sex engaged in consensual sex? Would those freedoms include denying people the right to be issued a state license contracting as a joint union? Would those freedoms include forcing an Indian or Muslim child to sit or stand and take part in Christian prayer, even though they do not believe?

      None of the things that the "homosexual lobby" is pushing sounds like those are religious rights. Your rights are the ability to believe and practice without being persecuted for them. There is a difference in believing that homosexuality is wrong and therefore you don't practice it yourself, rather than going so far as to deny people rights, bully and even beat them because of it.

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      The "rights" I alluded to are for Christian parents to not have their children indoctrinated at public expense with material that promotes or attempts to normalize sinful practices. How in the world did you infer bullying, et al from that?

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    3. That's right. It's about how young children are to be educated. It has nothing to do with bullying.

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  50. The Catechism of the Catholic Church sums up this issue beautifully in sections 2357-2358 http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c2a6.htm

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  52. Senator Campfield, thank you for having the courage to take a stand on Christian values. The current issue that concerns me greatly is that Obama is now pushing to allow homosexual 'marriage' ceremonies to be performed on military bases in the USA and elsewhere like Iraq and Afghanistan. This is going to make us the laughing stock of the world. What can we do to stop it?

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    1. It needs to be stopped!

      Maybe we should vote Obama out of office...

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    2. I agree to my friend and his Christian values will definitely lead us for good and I'm looking forward to see it across America.

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  53. What I think is going to happen to the Bistro is that after this entire dustup gets settled she will find the locals not eating in her restaurant.

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  54. But isn't your proposed piece of legislation to outlaw "gay" in public?

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    1. Senator Campfield's proposed legislation is to outlaw teaching about homosexuality to young children.

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    2. What are Senator Campfield's thoughts on teaching heterosexuality to young children?

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    3. What are Senator Campfield's feelings concerning teaching heterosexuality to young children?

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  55. They aren't free to not serve you on the basis of race or religion, but they are free to not serve you on the basis of you being a gigantic jackass.

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  56. Senator,

    You claim to be taking advantage of your freedom of speech, yet you seek to limit the freedom of speech of others because it disagrees with your particular brand of religious dogma. Homosexuality exists in nature, and not just in humans. Many other species have instances of homosexual behavior, most likely caused by a genetic abnormality that causes same sex attraction. You know...like happens with some humans. So teaching children about the existence of homosexuals is a responsible thing to do. Seeking to ban such discussion is violating the rights of both the educators and children. Feel free to believe whatever you wish. It is your right in this great nation of ours. Once you seek to legislate based on your personal religious beliefs, even though many other people do not share said beliefs, you seek to violate the civil rights of others. I believe the word for you, sir, is hypocrite.

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    1. Tom G., Senator Campfield has been elected by the people who live in his district to represent them in the Tennessee State Senate.

      As a State Senator, Senator Campfield has been asked to serve on the Education Committee, and as a member of this committee, has the responsibility for helping decide what children will and will not be taught. His opinion, and, obviously the opinion of the thousands of people who elected him, is that young children should not be taught anything about homosexuality.

      I agree with him, as do thousands and thousands of others in East Tennessee. It's a fact. It's the democratic process and that's how it works.

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  57. I too am Catholic! I was taught that God is Loving, Forgiving and
    will accept ALL HIS children into his home!!!!!! There are many things wrong with ALL Religions----but WE are all allowed to believe what we believe, because we live in a FREE Country. We have accepted all nations of people to live here; we freed the slaves, we ok'd women to vote. We gave women the right to choose.
    It is time we move to the next level----but first Mr C. How many Gay people do you know?? How many times have you visited their Church? How many times have you been to any of their political forums---------------Judge NOT lest You be judged!!! You best go to Confession and say your Hail Mary's!!!!!!

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    1. Anonymous, I get the feeling it has been a very long time since you have been near a Catholic Church! God will accept all children into his home if they have asked for His forgiveness and turned from their sins, which includes the sin of homosexual acts.

      The United States Supreme Court has given women the freedom to choose, but the Catholic Church teaches that abortion is a very serious sin, killing a little baby! Abortion is murder of an unborn child.

      Mr. Campfield is a practicing Catholic - I gather you have not practiced in a very long time.

      Come home - the Lord is willing to forgive your sins and to give you a brand new life!

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    2. Catholic you claim? I don't think so. Maybe an uninformed Catholic bigot.

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  58. Genetic analysis of HIV provides some support for the Patient Zero theory. Dugas is now believed to be part of a cluster of homosexual men who traveled frequently, were extremely sexually active, and died of AIDS at a very early stage in the epidemic.[6]

    However, a number of authorities have since voiced reservations about the implications of the CDC Patient Zero study, and characterisations of Dugas as being responsible for bringing HIV to cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. In the patient zero study, the average length of time between sexual contact and the onset of symptoms was 10.5 months.[2] At the time of the study it was not known that the average length of time between initial infection and AIDS is ten years. While Shilts's book does not make such an allegation, the rumour that Dugas was the principal disseminator of the virus became widespread. In 1988, Andrew R. Moss published an opposing view in the New York Review of Books.[7]

    A November 2007 article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences dismisses the Patient Zero hypothesis and claims that AIDS transited from Africa to Haiti in 1966 and from Haiti to the United States in 1969.[8][9]

    Robert Rayford has since been confirmed as the first documented victim of HIV/AIDS in North America,[10] having died at age 16 in May 1969. He reported having experienced symptoms since 1966.

    Ardoin Antonio, a Jamaican-American shipping clerk who was raised in Haiti, died in New York on June 28, 1959 of Pneumocystis pneumonia, an AIDS-defining illness. His lungs have still not been tested. It is highly suspected that he had AIDS.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga%C3%ABtan_Dugas

    What is clear, you do not know what you are talking about.

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  59. It sure looks like you've taken a lot of your comments from yesterday out of this post...why is that? maybe calling in the civil rights courts and the catholic church were deemed by your staff to be inappropriate in your defense against why your own constituents don't approve of your representation of them....everything you say publically is public information...do you not realize that? maybe you should ask Al how the internet works! tea party in TN and loving it...

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    1. You say that Mr. Campfield's constituents don't approve of his representation of them. You've got to be kidding! Mr. Campfield has been a State Senator and a State Representative for several years now! It is his conservative, Christian beliefs which cause his constituents to elect him again and again!

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  60. There is no such thing as same-sex marriage. Show me a square wheel or a flying pig. It exists in nature? So does cannibalism. As for teachiing this drek to children? In a word: Evil.

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  61. Wow, the AIDS and homosexuals post got more comments than the Ron Paul post, and it made national news, yet you didn't mention anything about a hate screed befalling you, nor have you said that the gays and the anti-gays when bonkers. It looks like you are more tolerant of gays rights activist than you are Ron Paul supporters.

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  62. This is America. We have the right to disagree. Most do not refuse service like the "old south". If you dont like his opinion express yours in the next election. I'm glad she refused service. I now know where "free speech and opinions" are not allowed in Knoxville. I do have the choice where to spend my dollar. I guess there will be another empty building in Knoxville soon.

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  63. What a laugh, Mr. Campfield, to hear you speak of others' "prejudice". You, who are the poster child for hate and intolerance. Glad to know the sky is blue and the sun is shiney in Stacey-land. Too bad you bring so much gray sky and gloom to reality, where the rest of us live.

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  64. I wanted to publish here Sen. Campfield's response to my email to him calling him out on his bigoted behavior and views. It gives a disturbing glimpse of a man who lacks education and any ability to discern relevant facts, and a willingness to base views on outrageous speculations, and a man who is distinctly paranoid. Much of it is a rant about AIDS and his speculations about gay people that he seems to think justifies bigotry. Here is the first part of Campfield's email:

    ___________While I appriciate your passion, here are some cold hard facts.

    Here are a few links with a compilation of facts found elsewhere mostly from the CDC

    On the short lifespan of homosexuals,http://theroadtoemmaus.org/RdLb/22SxSo/PnSx/HSx/hosx_lifspn.htm

    Odds of getting AIDS through vaginal sex
    http://www.aliveandwell.org/html/risk_realities/whatever_happened.html
    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/895/what-are-the-odds-of-getting-aids-from-ordinary-heterosexual-sex

    Many people love to throw around numbers from Africa and say the AIDS numbers are higher there for heterosexuals. This is true but mostly because in Africa it is common to practice anal sex as a form of birth control among prostitutes (an activity that is much more prevalent then in the US) and others. When I spoke on the radio show I was talking of vaginal heterosexual sex in the US. What are the odds here?


    This was posted in the KNS today and are probably conservative numbers as it probably includes anal sex as a form of heterosexual sex (Not what I was talking about).

    "UNAIDS estimates that in the U.S., living with HIV as of 2009, 310,000 are women.The total US population as of 2010 is 308,745,538

    Lets just go with about 50% are female = 154,372,000 female population.
    Lets then say you take absolutely no care and sleep with anyone willy nilly. Your odds of getting a female with AIDS is 1 in @ 4970.

    Lets go with the pro in the article who said on average, heterosexual intercourse between an infected person and a non infected person results in transmission of the disease about "one in a thousand times." (I assume this is without a condom)
    Right off the bat that puts your odds of getting AIDS through heterosexual sex at about 1 in 5 million.

    Most "Normal" people I imagine would also stay away from the IV drug users, hemophiliacs, known disease carriers, prostitutes and other high risk people. Also conceding a man less likely to receive the disease then a women because of the nature of sex, the odds of a man getting AIDS from a female are pretty low.
    Add a condom and some common sense and you can add probably at least add a 0 to the number."


    Who IS getting AIDS
    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/ and http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/msm/index.htm or
    _http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2009/aug/09082609



    I admit, I am not a historian on AIDS (If you listen to the actual uncut interview I was asked to tell what I had heard was the history of AIDS) The research on sex with a monkey being the first transmitter of AIDS has not been proven nor firmly dis proven. It is one of about 5 theories I was able to find on the source of AIDS. No credible source said any one was clearly definitive one way or the other.
    It was first published I think in a book which documents the history of the AIDS epidemic is entitled "And the Band Played On." The author of "And the Band Played on" was appalled by the unsanitary and degrading behavior of homosexuals. He died of AIDS a year after his book was published. The homosexual pilot comment was first printed in the American Journal of medicine article about "Patient 0". His name was Gaeton Dugas. While possibly not the first person with AIDS he is still widely considered the person who widely transmitted the modern outbreak of the disease.

    Here is a link on that...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga%C3%ABtan_Dugas

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  65. Let's ignore politics, bigotry, homophobia, legislation, etc., etc. for a moment:

    I have eaten at both restaurants several times. The food at The Bistro consistently sucks, the service staff is indifferent to rude and the kitchen is filthy. I wouldn't order a beer that did not come in a bottle in that place.

    Latitude was a better choice. I know your friend suggested the place, but in the future, I'm sure you will avoid restaurants where the politics of the patrons are more important than the cuisine.

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    1. She really does need to work on the service and food quality. I didn't realize Mr. Campfield had such bad taste in restaurants. This is where all the criticism should be directed.

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  66. This Ms Boggs her restaurant is actually on 807 South Gay Street! I wonder how it got that name. But of course it use to me happy!

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  67. Stacey is mostly right. Unprotected anal sex is the best way to contract HIV. If the numbers were given for how many contract HIV from penile/vaginal only intercourse I suspect it would be a very small percentage. Funny thing is, you can't find any data on that transmission category. Heterosexual contact is not broken down any further on the CDC website.


    You've got my support Stacey.

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  68. Nor is there any truth to the idea that gay men live only to 42. If you talk to people who actually do lifespan research, gays are included in lifespan data, and there is nothing about being gay that shortens one's lifespan.

    http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/30/6/1499.full
    The study mentioned in the above link is from 30 years ago in the height of the aids crisis. Data from that long ago can't be used now, especially since AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was. Advances both in awareness and prevention as well as treatment have completely altered the landscape. Plus a survey of a population of one geographic region cannot reasonably be applied to people everywhere. Should we base our assumptions about all Americans based on the population of Seattle, for example?

    http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/Articles/000,018.htm

    If you're referencing Paul Cameron, his study is flawed as it looked at obituaries in gay publications. Obituaries are not a good place to find data on death rates. Obituaries are NOT automatic, someone has to submit the obituary and often has to pay for it. There are many reasons why a gay person's death might not be in a gay publication.
    -Neither the deceased, nor his friends, family, acquaintances are aware of the publication
    -Neither the deceased, nor his friends, family, acquaintances likes the publication
    -The deceased might be closeted
    -The deceased might have family who do not want his sexuality disclosed
    -the deceased may have died alone, with no one to submit the obituary on his behalf

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    1. I'm surprised your comment was approved. Several of mine highlighting similar things have not been approved. I even avoiding calling the senator a bigot, supremacist, etc.

      When dealing with someone who has this much hate in their heart, it is extremely rare that logic, facts, data, et al. will reach them.

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  69. You have defining very good..I like this post

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  70. So what you're saying is, because liberals don't tolerate your intolerance, they're the ones who are really intolerant? Get serious, Stacey.

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  71. I find some of the liberal rhetoric above absolutely fascinating. Additionally, I find it to be strange how it has come to a point where everyone has a right to do or say anything . . . unless they happen to be a christian that knows whatever the GOD of the Bible says is true. These people lie to themselves and each other in order to justify their bad behavior! The same people who say that you should keep your mouth shut, are constantly attempting to cram their homosexual agenda down the throats of anyone and everyone, whether they want to hear it or not; even to the point of "cry-babying" to legislators in an attempt to force us to listen to their nonsense! You sound like an excellent senator. Don't back down from these bullies that try to force us to bow to their god of homosexuality.

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  72. Your allusion to Christ's "shake off the dust" admonition (from Matthew 10:14) is hilarious in its self-positioning of you, Stacey, as the righteous, but oh-so-wronged party.

    Inverting the metaphor, you're actually more like the dust that gets shaken out as your constituents reject your divisive attitude and ill-informed views and move elsewhere for their representation.

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  73. Folks, remember we're dealing with a realtor here -- not exactly the profession of enlightenment, education, and culture.

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  74. It's funny how I simply entered a few facts concerning the definite double-standard applied in the thought process of obvious liberals, and surprise, surprise . . . my comments were not posted, even though I followed every "rule" to the letter, as stated by the "moderator". I can tell that he/she isn't the least bit bias.

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  75. I would not have refused the Senator service. Nor a member of the KKK, nor anyone else who spews lies, hatred, and vitriol. A matter of principle.

    The Senator, as someone who has consistently fought for the rights to not only refuse service to anyone who appears gay, but even forbid teaching the fact that gay people exist, is merely receiving a slight smidgin of poetic justice, being done by as he does to others.

    I consider this just, completely appropriate, but not merciful. I consider such justice, when it does no good with no expectation of reform resulting, as over-rated. It won't stop him from continuing to cause the deaths of bullied kids, because the bottom line is, that's what he's doing with his outrageous lies.

    I'd like to think I'm not in the same league as this hypocrite, who constantly bears false witness, whether out of personal malice, or to cater to the ignorant bigots who vote for him. From correspondence, I suspect the latter - nothing personal, it's just business.

    The Senator has received 1/1000 of 1% of the discrimination that gays or gay-appearing people receive, every day, partly as the result of his actions, and he doesn't like it one bit. Persecution is supposed to be what he does to others, not what others do to him.

    I doubt he'll learn from it though. And persecution is wrong, no matter who does it, no matter how just.

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  76. You're comparing yourself to Jesus? I'm thinking the first thing Jesus would do on earth, is to visit his Homosexual children and apologize for all the hatred that comes from people who claim to be His followers, but aren't.

    You? I think he'd say: "I don't know you."


    ----Duke & Banner

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    1. Jesus would give the gays the same instructions he gave the adulterous woman "I forgive you but do not commit this sin again"...he would never condone it.

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  77. Stacey, you can believe what you want, but the difference here is that you ACT in order to rule other people's lives, and THAT is dangerous. You're saying : "NO, I believe homosexuality is not normal" stating gay people should be treated as parias of the society.
    Disliking a chocolate cake but letting others having some, is way different than disliking a chocolate cake and forbidding others to have some. Difference between BELIEF and ACTION. Difference between OPEN MINDED and DICTATORIAL.
    Against gay marriage ? What difference will it make in your life ? Why can't you let gay people be happy ? Knowing that it won't change anything for you, how can you ACT so proactively to deprive a group of people, who is defined by the love they have for each other, of rights you have ? In the name of what, YOUR beliefs ?
    By refusing to serve you, that lady made a powerful statement, in front of all the others customers : You can believe what you want, but your actions are dangerous for gay people. They are defending themselves, EVERY DAY, for living their lives, having a chance to be happy.
    You don't just believe Stacey, you act. That woman ACTED.
    I am 100% straight and i believe in equality for all, and i will go on fighting !! Everyone is different, but with our actions, we can wish each other good things, and stop that nonsene which has lasted too long.

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  78. Homophobic to jail.

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  79. Would all of these people be rejoicing if a christian did not want to serve a gay rights activist in their restaurant?

    Gays have the right to live as they please, they should not have the right to change the definition of marriage for the rest of us.

    Homosexuals do not desire the sexual complementarity that marriage requires.

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  80. American Taliban.

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  81. If you had gone to a black restaurant during the segregationist 1960's, and you were known as a Klan member, would you be surprised if the owner told you to leave? Racist in the 60's defended their racism using the Bible, just as you defend your anti-gay bigotry today. That you make a profit renting to everyone is no measure of your tolerance or compassion or sense of equality. BUT, most important, YOU ARE A STATE SENATOR who represents ALL of his constituents, not just his Biblical Literalist constituents. Your Bible has no place in the State Capitol. I'm not gay and I am a Christian, but one supports human rights (for gay men and lesbians, too) or one does not. Stop hiding behind your hateful interpretation of our shared religious beliefs.

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  82. The gay community does not understand the catholic perspective on their behavior (hate the sin but love the sinner). You cannot condone the lifestyle homosexuals have chosen to lead and serve God as well. The gay community is looking for validation of something that they know is abnormal but do not want to take the difficult road to change it but rather try to change the opinions of the rest of the world. You handled the situation well

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    1. The Catholic Church does not condone the "life-style" of homosexuality. The Catholic accepts homosexuality and understands that gays have feelings towards the same-sex naturally. The Catholic Church morally accepts that gays should have equal rights as other human beings. The only thing the Catholic church objects is sexually acting upon homosexuality and same-sex marriage or adoption. In summarization, being gay and living the "lifestyle" is not a sin as long as you don't act upon it.

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