Sen. Stacey Campfield denied service at a local restaurant?

Nashville blogger and Democratic activist Sean Braisted: Earlier today, from what I can tell, the restaurant The Bistro at the Bijou in Knoxville refused service to one Sen. Stacey Campfield. They posted a FB message that said, “I hope that Stacy Campfield now knows what if feels like to be unfairly discrimanted against.”  From all that I can ascertain, that was a response to not serving him for his well documented views of ignorance and bigotry towards the GLBT community. — More.

Matthew Hurtt has more.

And this: Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield is on the Hallerin Hilton Hill radio show this morning. Closely associated with the so-called “Don’t say gay”, Campfield said he was denied service at the Bistro at the Bijou Theater, 807 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902-1711–phone 865-544-0537. Without giving a name, he said a woman came out of the back as said ‘You are a homophobe. I am not serving you’.

OUCH!: Victor Agreda Jr:  What the heck was Stacey Campfield doing at the Bijou Bistro anyway? He’s on record as saying the performing arts will give you AIDS.

If true, the denial seems a bit petty to me but, hey, to each his own.

UPDATE: Betsy PhillipsThe owner of a Knoxville restaurant kicked Stacey Campfield out of her establishment last night for being a destructive bigot. Sean Braisted gets to the core of the matter.

UPDATE II: Matther Hurtt:  The Tennessee Left (what little that actually exists) collectively cheers every time Campfield makes headlines for something silly. Their reaction this time is no different. It’s a personal vendetta they hold against him.

OUCH and OUCH: thesarcastro– Campy’s counter offensive will be to play victim card. Point out liberal hypocrisy. Claim moral high ground. Misspell stuff.

Kristina McLean – You know, Stacey Campfield? You have a CHOICE about being such an oppressive prick.

UPDATE III: Seen at Joe Powell’s place: I feel like he’s gone from being stupid to being dangerous, and I wanted to stand up to him.

Betsy Phillips: Africans aren’t regular people? People who sleep with Africans aren’t regular people?! This jackass wanted to join the Black Caucus and he doesn’t think people from Africa are regular people?

Heh: Stacey Campfield still welcome in some Knoxville restaurants

Heh II: Stacey Campfield allowed to eat at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  “We only deny service to poor people,” says manager.

UPDATE IV: Ben Garrett: I wonder, though, where it will wind up if it becomes commonplace for businesses to start refusing service to folks based on their known political views. This is just another example of the poisonous political atmosphere that is dragging this nation down, and we aren’t doing ourselves any favors by engaging in it. We should be able to have rational debate on political issues — even the hot-button ones — based on their individual merits or lack thereof, and then make decisions civilly.


18 thoughts on “Sen. Stacey Campfield denied service at a local restaurant?

  1. This is STILL the USA, and Every Business Owner HAS A RIGHT to Deny Service to Anyone they deem undesirable, especially one who sees fit to Disenfranchise a SIGNIFICANT portion of the Population!

  2. Really Ed? You mean if I have a business I can deny service to African Americans? If I own rental property, I can refuse to rent to gay couples?

    I don’t think so.

    The Bistro violated the very civil rights laws they were claiming to defend. It goes beyond petty.

    • Federal civil rights law in places of public accommodation bars discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin only. Unfortunately for Mr. Campfield, it doesn’t cover being a giant d-bag.

      • And you win the golden ticket for exemplifying exactly what is wrong with singling out certain groups for special protection. By doing so, you automatically degrade the rights of everyone who isn’t in one of the favored groups.

        Anti bullying legislation should outlaw bullying, not just bullying of certain favored groups. By the same token, anti discrimination legislation should apply to all of us, not just those of us who are more special than others.

  3. “The Bistro violated the very civil rights laws they were claiming to defend. It goes beyond petty.”

    Precisely. Not only that, but they’re hurting their own cause in the end, because I’d be willing to bet that their actions will gain Campfield a lot of sympathizers.

  4. actually rich, there are certain kinds of discrimination that are specifically illegal…housing and employment are covered under federal law…however, bars can block under age people from coming, women’s only gyms don’t allow men, grocery stores don’t allow people without shoes, etc….every restaurant i have ever been in has a sign somewhere saying” we reserve the right to refuse service”…i personally would have let him eat but served him up a dish with a little extra personal touch or two

    • Wow. The “reserve the right” sign is based on people who are breaking the law or causing a disturbance and do not give the business owner the right to eject somebody just because they don’t like them. MAny of the other items you mention are either health and safety regulations, or aspects of private membership.

      The bottom line is discrimination is discrimination, regardless of whether you like the one being excluded.

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  6. Actually, yes it was discrimination. And the point is it’s PALTRY compared to the absolutely massive discrimination against people for simply who they want to give their love and affection. If you think the senator was wronged, it comes back a thousand fold on him for his stance on gay marriage…

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  8. It was not protected discrimination; a restaurant owner can refuse service to someone for their political beliefs all they want.

    They cannot, however, refuse service based on race, nationality, religion, or sex. Notice sexual preference isn’t included.

    Kudos to the owner for her stand. It was her way of voicing her displeasure with him, and if I’m not mistaken, there is a constitutional right to freedom of speech. Just consider this her voicing her opinion.

    • So how do you determine which discrimination should be protected and which shouldn’t? Who is it okay to discriminate against?

      Voicing her opinion would have been telling Campfield what she thought. She took action with an economic consequence. That goes far beyond speech.

  9. Rich is a moron.

    Campfield is not being refused service because of belief, but because of action, political action against a part of the Bistro’s client base.

    Before you say that homophobes, bigots, and devil worshiping haters might include themselves amongst the customer base – I doubt the Bistro will cry very many tears.

    • Thanks for illustrating the true meaning of tolerance for those whose views, no matter how factually correct, are different from your own. You exemplify everything I’ve come to expect from the majority of the left.

      • You wouldn’t know a left-winger if one came up and sang an ode to stalin.

        YOU are misunderstanding discrimination.

        YOU are misunderstanding racism.

        YOU are misunderstanding the distinction between belief and action.

        YOU are the one misunderstanding tolerance.

        So explain Rich, for all us poor little children here, why Campfield can pass laws against Gay people for nothing more than being Gay and face no consequences for it?

        I have no doubt you will fail.

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  11. Rich, what happened to your libertarian beliefs about freedom to engage in contracts at will? If Boggs doesn’t want to serve Campfield who are you to force her to?

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