Jeff Amyx is a symbol of what is wrong with this country – with the world. Jeff Amyx is one of the creatures that I often refer to as having slithered out from under a rock with the advent of Trump and the so-called populist movement. Jeff Amyx, my friends, is a homophobe and in short, a hater of the human race except those who fit into his small white, Christian box.
In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on Obergefell v Hodges in a 5-4 ruling that guarantees the right of same-sex couples to legally marry. Mr. Amyx took umbrage with that ruling and almost immediately placed a sign in the window of his Washburn, Tennessee hardware store …Amyx quietly removed the sign a short time later and replaced it with one that read:
“We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion.”
Just how, I wonder, does he figure that a gay person coming into his store, buying a hammer and paying for the hammer, thus putting profit in Amyx’ pocket, is violating his rights to freedom of either speech or religion? Nobody has asked him to become transgender or gay! Nobody even cares about his opinion, so long as he keeps it to himself!
Well, Amyx popped his ugly head back up last week, after the Supreme Court ruled that a Colorado baker was within his rights to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Amyx put his “No Gays Allowed” sign back in the window of his store.
“Christianity is under attack. This is a great win, don’t get me wrong, but this is not the end, this is just the beginning. Right now we’re seeing a ray of sunshine. This is ‘happy days’ for Christians all over America, but dark days will come.”
But Amyx hasn’t stopped there … it wasn’t enough to harass and discriminate, but he is now selling ‘homophobic products’. Who knew that such a thing even existed? And why does such a thing exist??? Amyx claims to be a Baptist minister, but frankly, I think he falls far short of having the qualifications for the job. He claims that “Christianity is under attack”, but from where I stand, he is the one doing the attacking – attacking peaceful people who only want to be left alone to love whomever they choose.
Amyx may end up regretting his decision to put his homophobia on display, however. Yelp, the most widely-used app for rating businesses and posting reviews, received so many negative and one-star reviews for Amyx’ hardware store that they eventually had to thin them out! I visited the Yelp page for Amyx’ hardware store and despite the ‘thinning out’, there were hundreds of reviews urging consumers to boycott this business. Take heart, folks … people like Amyx are in the minority, though a loud and obnoxious minority they are. A recent Reuters/lpsos poll found that 72% of the people in this nation believe that businesses should not have the right on religious grounds to deny services to customers based on their sexual orientation. Granted, it should be 99%, but 72% is still a significant majority of people who are scratching their heads and wondering, as I am, just what rock Jeff Amyx crawled out from under.
I am not a vindictive person, I believe in the old adage, “Live and Let Live”, but I have very little tolerance for bigotry in any form. I reluctantly took a trip to Mr. Amyx’ Facebook page where I found just about what I would have expected … support of Trump and condemnation of the LGBT community. He praised Trump for failing to even acknowledge Pride Month for the second year in a row, while acknowledging such things as National Homeownership Month, and National Ocean Month. I found the picture of his business and parking lot interesting … doesn’t look like he has too many customers, does it?And he takes the transgender bathroom issue to a new level …I hope the 72% of us who are without prejudice against the LGBT community will boycott his business and by this time next year, Mr. Amyx will be seeking a job in the local grocery store or service station. Why am I telling you about this homophobic jerk? Because the best way to send these slugs back under the rock is to shine a bright light on them. Pouring boiling water on them would work as well, but I’m not in the mood to travel to Tennessee just to get thrown in jail!