About a week ago in Overland Park, Kan., at the restaurant Carrabba’s Italian Grill, one customer did not feel obligated to tip a 20-year-old waiter because he was homosexual.
The customer wrote the waiter a note.
“Thank you for your service, it was excellent,” the note began. The customer went on to say, “That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to God. Queers do not share in the wealth of God and you will not share in ours. We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is never too late for God’s love, but none shall be spared for fags. May God have mercy on you.”
According to CNN, after hearing this news, Dr. Marvin Baker, who has been a pastor for many years and currently leads a Bible study for LGBT members, went into the restaurant with his partner to support the young waiter.
When they walked into the restaurant, they asked one of the women working there if they could sit at the table of the “celebrity; the one who was mistreated.” Apparently, it was her son.
However, the waiter and his mother did not want to make any comments about the hateful message.
“I was angry. I said this is not Christian as I know it,” Baker explained. “God loves us. God does not advertise or promote hate. That is not love.”
Many customers have come into the restaurant recently to show their support for the young waiter. They have been giving him extra tips and kind words in order to help him feel better about the incident.
Seeing that we live in 2013, is this really still an issue? Are people still being harassed about being homosexual?
Apparently, this is the case, and many people still do not accept homosexuality. Although, some people are trying to make a difference and help others understand that the lifestyle choices of homosexual individuals do not make them bad people.
Fifteen-year-old Jadin Bell of La Grande, Ore. was bullied by some kids at his school for being gay. He could not stand the hatred he faced. This past February he felt the only way to make it stop was suicide. He then hanged himself in a schoolyard.
Not only had Bell been bullied at school, but online as well. In order to spread the word about what his son had endured and in an effort to make it stop, Joe Bell decided to take a walk across the United States, stopping in certain areas to speak with people. He called it “Joe’s Walk For Change.”
Unfortunately, when he reached Kit Carson, Colo., he was hit by a semitruck. His walk began in April in La Grande, and he had been walking for about six months.
Sad as this incident is, at least Joe Bell stepped out to make something right. He wanted to change the way many people view those who are homosexual. Hopefully, many will be affected by the message Joe Bell was trying to send.
The events that happened to Jadin Bell and the young waiter are tragic. Let’s all take away a strong message from them, which is to accept everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. Surely, that is all Joe Bell could have asked for.