When couple Arielle and Shawnee McPhail went out for lunch together at The Sting Ray Cafe in New Bern, North Carolina, they expected a good meal and a bill at the end of the lunch. But they got a little something extra: An anti-gay letter from the restaurant owner. Gee, thanks for the indigestion!
Just as they were leaving, owner Ed McGovern handed them a letter and asked the lesbian couple to reevaluate their lives. And going by the letter, I don't think he was referring to their taste in food. Wow, way to show some hospitality! Here's what the letter said. Hold onto your hats.
God said in the last days that man and wom[a]n would be lover of self, more [than] the lover of God.
That man and woman would have unnatural [affection] for one another. Then, the coming of the Son of Man, who is Jesus. So please, look at your life. See how it hurt[s] everyone around you. And ask the Lord to open your eye[s] before it [is] to[o] late.
The Love of Christ
P.S. my daughter also was gay. It destroy[ed] her life and my grandson.
Wow ... feeling this strongly about homosexuality that you'd ambush your own customers with unsolicited advice? I just can't understand that. It's so rude! I think even Christ would shudder at this letter, for crying out loud. And throwing in that detail about his daughter, too. That's way too personal.
Anyway, welcome to The Sting Ray Cafe, where your crab cakes come with a side order of DAMNATION. Shawnee says it's not like they were totally making out at their table -- they just held hands. But I guess McGovern feels okay about losing a couple of sinner customers.
It looks like he may end up losing a whole bunch of sinner customers, as a matter of fact. His restaurant got slammed with angry comments on Yelp. I think people are justified in expressing their horror at the owner's bigotry. But I wonder if their comments will actually change the owner's mind? If the point is to make this world a more welcoming place, one restaurant at a time, maybe more people could take the approach this Yelper did:
First of all I think your letter you gave was not appropriate, but I am not a believer in trashing a business with one star in which I have never personally dined in their establishment. Please think before you do this again it can really hurt someones feelings. Sounds like your food is good from the people who have actually been there!!!!
Aww, that's kind of a sweet, peace-making note. And it probably stands a better chance of changing the restaurant owner's heart, too. Still, I think if I lived in the area, I'd probably never eat at that restaurant. Knowing that certain people aren't welcome there just because of their sexual orientation makes a place a lot less hospitable in general.
Do you think it was rude for the restaurant owner to express his disapproval to his customers, Arielle and Shawnee?
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