Another One Slinks Out …

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 …homophobic-amyx-hardwareAmyx 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??? homophobic-sticker.pngAmyx 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! reviewsI 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?Amyx storefrontAnd he takes the transgender bathroom issue to a new level …Amyx-2I 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!

40 thoughts on “Another One Slinks Out …

  1. Dear Jill,

    Mr. Amyx and his ilk need all the light shown on them that is possible as their hate/ prejudice cannot go without comment. To do less would cede the floor to the haters of this world. They need to know that there are a majority of folks who see them as the purveyors of hate and division.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Let’s just hope we are most likely seeing him as an example of the “last hurrah” for the “angry white man” syndrome that is so “out of touch” with America’s future as a more diversely tolerant land.

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  4. Considering one of the vehicles outside his store must be his, it means he has only one customer. The customer might also be a relative or his wife. Those mountains are beautiful but there are idiots found in them who are not. He seems very proud to have his picture taken. He wouldn’t like to know all the uses it’s being put to. He must be starved for attention. He may very well be the relative no one wants to have for a visit. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Yeah, I figured the pickup truck with the tool box is his, and the mini-van is probably his wife’s or perhaps a store employee. I hope to read that he has closed his store by the end of the year! He put a paper up in the store for people who support his homophobia to sign, and I was amazed that it was covered in signatures! There are a heck of a lot of bloody fools in this nation!

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      • They might see no reason for changing. “If it was good enough for grandpaw and granny, paw and maw, it’s good enough for me.” My dad was in the U.S. Navy before, during, and after WWI. He said some of the new recruits were experiencing their first time out of the mountains. That was only about one hundred years ago. He also said afterward when he was working in a large city, some of those mountain people who came up north looking for work would walk around looking up at the tall buildings. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  5. This is counter to most of your commenters, Jill, but live and let die. Your time is more valuable, as I have said before, than to waste time on fools like him. Let him run his business into the ground if he so desires. Let him try to sell his homophobic hammers, the are about as homophobic as a space-hammer is specialized for space, but probably a whole lot cheaper. Truly, it is a miracle he can even spell the word “GAY!” More than likely he had to use his call-a-friend lifeline.

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  6. Jeff Amyx is a vile snake, slithering around promoting his homophobic nonsense and ministering to his same ilk. To be fair, that comparison is insulting to snakes, at least they do provide some ecological balance. Is it not sad and more than a bit frightening, that this same man is most likely raising another generation of haters? Thank-you!

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    • You are right … that comparison is an insult to snakes. I rather admire and respect snakes … I have neither admiration nor respect for the likes of Mr. Amyx. The horrifying thing is that there are so many more out there like him. Not the majority, no, but too many! And yes, he will pass his venomous ideology along to his children and they to their children … and the circle keeps growing.

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    • Yes. Thats why I am anti homeschooling and charter schools or religious schools. They stay within their own kind learning the same narrow minded philosophy if we can call it that. Some schools are outliers are realĺy doing greàt work but for the most part they have bred this generation of haters.

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      • Well … I am against charter schools, for they tend to serve very few and take essential funding from public schools that serve the many. However, I support homeschooling, for my daughter and I homeschooled my granddaughter, Natasha (she’s now almost 24!) from kindergarten through high school for a couple of very necessary reasons having NOTHING to do with religion, but with health and scheduling issues. She actually received an excellent education. I will say that the lack of socialization has become a problem, as she is extremely shy and introverted, and if I had it to do over again, I would re-think it. But homeschooling in itself is not bad … only when people do it to keep their children from gaining a broader view of the world, as the religious homeschoolers tend to do.

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        • Yes. I understand. I’ve cousins who have home schooled and their kids had a great experience. They are both in college now but That’s what I’ve seen more often than not. I see kids isolated, helping parents with a business or very anti anyone who is not on their knees all day

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    • That’s right … at some point, you learn to think for yourself, to use logic and reason, to form your own opinion of right vs wrong, good vs evil. I know people, sadly, in their 30s and 40s who are still blaming their parents for their own failures in life. Sorry, it doesn’t fly.

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  7. Trump will be gone sooner or later, someone normal will be in charge. That gives everyone plenty of time to remember these people that stuck their heads above the parapets, including all the wannabe politicians running on the words of bigotry and all the small minded jerks who use their religion (they don’t have any really) to be anti any group they feel offends them from nose pickers to gay couples.There’s too much hate in the world and at least the culprits have identified themselves now.
    Cwtch

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    • Aye, Trump will be gone sooner or later, preferably sooner. Now, as to whether we will be left with somebody ‘normal’ in charge or not … I cannot say, for there are a large number of variables there. We can hope. But you are spot on that these jerks are out in the open now, and at some point will either go back under their rocks or be shown the error of their bigoted ways. Meanwhile, however, I fear the damage being caused, and the escalation of hatred in this nation.
      Cwtch

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  8. People who seem to consider God, to be selective. Obviously do not know God.

    I am not either homosexual not a Christian. Yet, I know God. God is for every person. Blind, deaf, man or woman. provided you are living, you may know God. Most people carry a burden. Some are just a little more obvious, than others.

    Religious freedom? Hahaha. God is not religion. God is not found in a book, or a building. God is found in your heart.
    Cheers Jamie

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    • I am non-religious … anti-religious is perhaps more apropos … and yet I agree 100% with what you say. The only God I could ever possibly believe in is one who embraces all equally. This is the main reason I am against religion … more harm has been done in the name of religion than under any other guise, I do think.
      Cheers!!!

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