Baja Betty’s is one of several gay bars in Hillcrest that, according a police report, have received hateful and disturbing letters from an unidentified homophobic Christian bigot.
The letter was received a week ago, according to Eddie Reynoso, marketing manager at Baja Betty’s who called police. The letter, which is a whooping 15 page manifesto, all hand written by a man called “Eddi777, servant and messenger of God Yahweh,” is full of rambling accusations. According to the local ABC affiliate, the letter calls the bar “immoral, full of child molesters and sex addicts,” and it includes an ominous warning if the bar doesn’t close.
“God will punish you Mr. owner and staff, with luck, back luck, bad karma, injuries, car accidents, loss income, fight with other people and worst your future death,” Reynoso said, reading the letter to 10News.
A similar letter was delivered to a Flicks video bar, which, like the one Baja Betty’s received, was mailed with Pixar-themed stamps and a fraudulent L.A. return address.
The letter was posted on the bar’s Facebook page by the staff. Christoper Charles, the bartender, said that “Posting it on Facebook shows those threats are still out there and that we aren’t afraid. We want people to know.”
Reynoso says that the letter is a “reflection of the current progress toward equality.” The letters may have been timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that made possible same-sex marriage in California.
While staff at both bars say they will be more vigilant because of the letters, vigilance is not fear.
“It’s not going to distract us from our momentum. In fact, it’s going to make us celebrate even more,” Reynoso said.
He filed the police report on Friday afternoon, and while a police spokesperson said he’d check into the case, there has been no forthcoming police statement
Source: ABC 10News
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