The owner of an engine repair shop in Grandville, Mich,. is either drawing a line in the sand or making a plea for publicity and money, by declaring on Facebook that he refuses to serve gays.
"I am a Christian," Dieseltec owner Brian Klawiter posted Tuesday. "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 blasted liberals and declared that white, gun-loving churchgoers are under assault by liberal America. He claimed he's not a racist and offered a discount for people who bring guns to his repair shop.
In a response to the many comments he received, he posted, "If you are gay (and happen to own a diesel truck) don't tell me your gay, I don't need or want to know, but at least now you know where I stand and have given you a reason to just keep driving."
Klawiter's refusal of service to gays is perfectly legal in Michigan, which has no law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, notes The New Civil Rights Movement. Some legislators are seeking to further codify the right to refuse service with a "religious freedom" law like those that caused an outcry in Indiana and Arkansas, but Gov. Rick Snyder said he'd veto such a bill unless it included antidiscrimination provisions.