Bar puts sign outside supporting Orlando victims, customer accuses owners of ‘promoting homosexuality’
A customer has refused to buy coffee from a bar in the UK, after its owners put out a sign supporting the victims of the Orlando shooting which left 49 dead last weekend.
Bar Bar Black Sheep in The Square in Wolverton, put a chalk board outside saying “If the sight of two dudes holding hands bothers you then get your coffee elsewhere! #WeareOrlando”
However a customer took the time to type out a note stating that they would no longer be buying anything from the establishment over its “promotion of homosexuality”, which could have a “negative influence” on children.
The letter quoted bible verses in stating: “I ask you kindly to refrain from promoting homosexuality further in the public domain.
“I simply can not agree with your blatant promotion of what is immoral and against God.
“Children could walk past that sign and you could have a negative influence on decisions they choose to make in life.
“I also think you’ll find your coffee shop will become much more popular with the majority of residents in Wolverton, who are also members of local Christian churches.
“Please be sensitive to the beliefs of the majority in the future.”
The Bar Bar Black Sheep directors have said they will put out a statement on the letter in due course.
But Danny Quinn, co-owner, wrote on Facebook in the Wolverton Massive Facebook group: “I was in two minds about posting this, but I thought if the author of this letter is in this group it might be a good opportunity to ask you to come in and discuss this. Apologies I was clearing tables and did not see you come in but found this on the counter. I will buy you a coffee and we can discuss it further. I would also like to point out one of our regulars, Ann (vicar of st. George’s) was happily drinking coffee just a few hours before you came. Thanks”
49 people were killed and 53 injured on Sunday in the shocking terrorist hate crime attack,which saw a gunman open fire inside The Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida.
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ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, which was perpetrated by US citizen Omar Mateen. The majority of the victims were Latino.
In a statement, President Obama mourned the victims of the homophobic hate crime attack and called for greater restrictions on arms sales.
In response, Republican nominee Donald Trump said Obama should resign for failing to rally against Islam in his comments.
The attack has been condemned by American Muslim leaders, who addressed ISIS in saying: “You do not speak for us.”
But millions of people around the world have showed solidarity with the victims of the shooting and the community in Orlando,
Earlier this week, a threat was posted to Craigslist in San Diego, praising the shooting in Orlando, and reading: “San Diego, you’re next”.
Two US Marines are also being investigated for posting a photo with an assault rifle with the caption “Coming to a gay bar near you” on Facebook.
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