A Tennessee Cracker Barrel is refusing to host the All Scripture Baptist Church at their restaurant after comments made by the pastor, Grayson Fritts, were brought to their attention. According to Huffington Post, the pastor preached that gay and lesbian people should be executed by the government.
“We serve everyone who walks through our doors with genuine hospitality, not hate, and require all guests to do the same,” Tennessee-based Cracker Barrel said in a statement on their Twitter account.
Cracker Barrel is not affiliated in any way with Mr. Fritts or All Scripture Baptist, and we are not hosting any event on June 29th. Please see our full statement below. pic.twitter.com/3PIfND8xiJ
— Cracker Barrel (@CrackerBarrel) June 18, 2019
The pastor, a former police officer, says the restaurant has a double standard. The church said in an e-mail statement, “If the ‘LGBT’ community hosted an event there and Christians complained they wouldn’t ban the ‘LGBT’ group, they would tell us they don’t ‘discriminate’ against anyone. But hey, it’s their business. They can have a double standard if they want to.”
Some conservatives pointed out that if Cracker Barrel has the right to refuse services to a church based on religious beliefs, that bakers should be able to refuse to bake wedding cakes for LGBTQ couples with no repercussions.
And I believe this Tennessee Cracker Barrel had every right to refuse to serve a Pastor who called for executing LGBT people, in the very same way that a Christian baker has every right to refuse to serve a gay couple for their same sex wedding. https://t.co/QjNOAdYCmI
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2019