GRANDVILLE, Michigan — The owner of a Michigan auto shop has declared on the shop’s Facebook page that he will give discounts to customers who bring in their guns, but that he won’t do business with ‘openly gay persons or persons.’
FOX17 News reported that owner Brian Klawiter posted the statement on the Dieseltec Facebook page earlier this week.
“Guns ARE allowed at DIESELTEC, so much so in fact that we will offer a discount if you bring in your gun,” wrote Klawiter.
But then he wrote that he was a Christian and that he runs his company in a way that reflects that.
Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business. (I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.)
The post has attracted thousands of comments, including many who are outraged at Klawiter’s words.
“The true bible doesn't say homosexuality is wrong,” wrote Stephen Jeffcoat. “Denying gay people is a huge sin to Christianity so you honestly aren't Christian.”
“I will pray for you,” wrote Jamie Goldsmith. “You claim Christianity, but the Good book says love thy neighbor.”
Dieseltec is located in Grandville Michigan.
A new post appeared on the auto shop's Facebook page Thursday indicating the business had received threats since the original post went up.
Listen up folks, If you have an opposing view to mine that IS OK, what is NOT OK is threats to kill me, my family, and friends; threats to burn down my shop and my home. I will stand firm on my views and will not back down.
Klawiter also tried to refute claims that he made the posting just for publicity and to raise money. A Pizza shop in Indiana raised nearly $1-million dollars several weeks ago after declaring it would refuse service to gay customers.
“I also am not asking for anyone to do the gofundme postings,” wrote Klawiter. “We are a successful business and are blessed to be able to feed our families. If there is any money raised it will be redistributed to people with greater needs than ours.”