Monday, May 28, 2018

Robert Knight on "homos," hardware and Starbucks too

Robert Knight
Robert Knight via YouTube circa 2012
Even the Washington Times should be embarrassed to provide a forum for Robert Knight. Sunday evening Knight writes: No handy tool for gender-bending which doesn't have much to do with gender. Those Moonie cultists who run the Washington Times are immune to embarrassment.

Robert Knight has been a professional anti-LGBT activist and propagandist for decades. Knight has worked for several hate groups. These include Family Research Council, Coral Ridge Ministries and Concerned Women for America.

According to Mr. Knight:
The culture war reached into the quiet Washington, D.C., exurban town of Purcellville, Va. last week.

This is how the left makes examples out of ordinary folks in order to transform America from the “home of the brave” into a natiWell, these days, accuracy is no defense, not that it excuses rudeness or name-calling. The woman went straight to Facebook and posted an item titled: “I just witnessed the most ugly, rude homophobic encounter at NICHOL’S Hardware in Purcellville Va.” “I am SO upset!!!!!”

The incident became the lead story in The Washington Post Metro section. The woman described the senior citizen employee as “this vile creature.” She vowed never to set foot again in “your redneck little store.” That’s the sweet smell of love and tolerance, in case you missed it.on of people deathly afraid to speak up. Who wants to be turned into an object of hate for offending one of the left’s identity groups?
No Mr. Knight. No anti-gay jerk was persecuted or made an example of. This is about civility and good manners. Most of us learned about that in school and from parents who taught us something about courtesy. Furthermore it has become tediously cliched for people who promote hate to complain that they are the hated. Conservative Christianity does not provide a license to be an odious boor.
On Friday, May 18, a Boy Scout and his father entered Nichols Hardware and asked for a donation for the boy’s Eagle Scout project. …

And therein lies the rub. Over the past five years, the Scouts have cratered, morally speaking. They opened their ranks to homosexual boys, homosexual leaders, transgenders and girls, and even excised the word “boy” from the program’s name, which is now Scouts USA. The newly liberated Scouts will even provide condoms at their upcoming Jamboree. Somehow, they didn’t need them before.
Gay people are not immoral. Neither are transgender people (and the word transgender is not a noun — it is an adjective). People who promote hatred of others are immoral. As for the condom BS, I will quote Snopes:
This decision was made by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, not Boy Scouts of America; condoms have been available at these events since the early 1990s and an official policy mandating condoms was implemented in 2002; the 2019 World Scout Jamboree won't be the first such event with women and girls in attendance.
There is no “rub” and there is no excuse for impoliteness. Mr. Knight would understand that if he were true to his religious roots.
Anyway, a Nichols employee reportedly in his 70s allegedly responded curtly to the boy’s request and told him and Well, these days, accuracy is no defense, not that it excuses rudeness or name-calling. The woman went straight to Facebook and posted an item titled: “I just witnessed the most ugly, rude homophobic encounter at NICHOL’S Hardware in Purcellville Va.” “I am SO upset!!!!!”

The incident became the lead story in The Washington Post Metro section. The woman described the senior citizen employee as “this vile creature.” She vowed never to set foot again in “your redneck little store.” That’s the sweet smell of love and tolerance, in case you missed it.his father to leave. He then allegedly told a woman customer, “You know they let homos in, right? They are not ‘boy’ scouts anymore.”
The fact that the employee is in his 70s is no excuse. Mr. Knight offers many excuses for decorum that most people will not tolerate. According to someone claiming to be the boy's father the employee went into a rant similar to Mr. Knight's outpouring above and then pointed to the door and threw them both out.

Now someone is entitled to their opinions about the Scouts but those opinions have no place in a business environment. Employees do not have a First Amendment right with a private employer. Forget all that. Common sense dictates that one must demonstrate restraint. In this case a child was the recipient of, and immediate target for, bigoted comments.

Mr. Knight continues:
Well, these days, accuracy is no defense, not that it excuses rudeness or name-calling. The woman went straight to Facebook and posted an item titled: “I just witnessed the most ugly, rude homophobic encounter at NICHOL’S Hardware in Purcellville Va.” “I am SO upset!!!!!”

The incident became the lead story in The Washington Post Metro section. The woman described the senior citizen employee as “this vile creature.” She vowed never to set foot again in “your redneck little store.” That’s the sweet smell of love and tolerance, in case you missed it.
Accuracy? In other words, referring to gay people as “homos” is perfectly acceptable. After all, according to Knight, it is accurate. Furthermore, the story in the Washington Post isn't about persecuting some poor old conservative (as Knight would have you believe). It is about the Scouts and Scout controversies.

The employee was canned. Even a conservative Christian employer would have likely terminated a clerk who cannot keep his mouth shut.
Somehow, I recall no other stories in The Post about rude employees being given a pink slip. They did extensively cover the Starbucks imbroglio over two black non-customers being denied use of a restroom and arrested after refusing to leave. Starbucks will close its 8,000 stores next Tuesday afternoon to subject its 175,000 employees to “unconscious bias training.” Any barista who emulates Martin Luther King’s colorblind “content of their character” outlook had better instead fixate 24/7 on race, gender and sexuality.
Knight's appeal to his own recall is profoundly amateurish. More importantly, once again, Knight gets the facts wrong. The two men who were arrested were, in fact, customers who had not yet ordered something. They were waiting for another gentleman, Andrew Yaffe, for a business meeting. Yaffe is the white guy in the video who is trying to explain things to the cops. The employee probably would not have called the police and the police probably would have not arrested the pair were they white.

Knight's use of Dr. King's reference in this context is simply outrageous. It is also inapplicable. Rather than firing a stupid employee, Starbucks made a decision (at considerable expense) that she and other employees need some training. I honestly cannot see how anyone could find something negative in that. But we are dealing with Robert Knight.

After the obligatory story about some Christian business that was persecuted, Knight offers this:
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on this very question in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. It’s anyone’s bet whether the justices will honor the First Amendment’s religious freedom guarantee or add another brick to the left’s wall of cultural tyranny.
Mr. Knight should know that Masterpiece is principally about compelled speech in contrast to religious freedom. Expecting people to be served free of discrimination is tyranny? I do not think so. Imagine if Knight were denied service simply because he is a schmuck. He would write a diatribe about how he was being persecuted for his Christian beliefs. That is what Robert Knight does. Writing bullshit is how Knight pays the bills.

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