After Michigan auto repair shop owner Brian Klawiter posted on Facebook that he would refuse service to openly gay people, his post wound up going viral, and he wound up facing an explosive amount of media attention. Now he says he isn’t standing down, and is going to “hold firm” to his views.
He also said that he would give a discount to anyone who brought their gun to his shop (on-duty police officers excluded, apparently because tax dollars bought their guns).
“I’m a Christian,” Klawiter, the owner of Diseltec in Grandville, Michigan, wrote. “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.)”
His new policy was inspired by the recent battles over “religious freedom (to discriminate)” laws that were passed in such forward and progressive 21st-century states like Indiana and Arkansas. He began his post by saying, “Enough is enough,” and adding, “Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday. Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun… That translates into racists, privileged, bigot, conspiracy theorist. Too many of us say nothing.”
He forgot “hazard to public safety,” since that’s what many gun owners are.
NBC Affiliate WOOD-TV picked up on the post after it went viral, and contacted him to further elaborate on his new policy:
If you have a vehicle that needs to be repaired, we’d be happy to do that for you. But if you want to come in here with your boyfriend and you want to openly display that, that’s just not going to be tolerated here. We don’t believe that here
On Thursday afternoon, he made a new Facebook post that requested people not set up a crowdfunding page to support his business; this comes after a GoFundMe page was started but was quickly pulled.
He said he will, however, “stand firm” on his views and “will not back down.”
You can watch the WOOD-TV report below: