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  • Anti-Gay Christian Auto Repair Shop Makes Itself A Target For Equality Activists, Has No Business License

    People are responding in hysterical, creative, and investigative ways to anti-gay comments made by the Grandville, Michigan owner of Dieseltec auto repair, who banned gays because of Jesus.

    When Brian Klawiter posted an anti-gay rant on his company's Facebook page, he probably didn't expect the backlash, upset, demonstrations, and anger that was to come. The owner of a Grandville, Michigan auto and truck repair shop, Klawiter wrote, "I am a Christian. My company will be run 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.)"

    There was more, including his feeling marginalized as a white Christian male, and his discount for gun owners.

    Of course, Klawiter has become a martyr of the Christian right, despite being the perfect example of why so-called religious freedom laws are dangerous and discriminatory. 

    So, of course, Ann Coulter supports Klawiter, and is blaming liberals for his anti-gay comments.

    As it rurns out, Klawiter does not have a license to operate his business, and refuses to do so on extraordinarily strange grounds.

    "Brian Klawiter earlier this year told the City Council that requiring a license violates his constitutional rights because it authorizes city inspectors to enter his property without a warrant," Michigan news site MLive reports.

    "This is a blatant and intentioned violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution," Klawiter told the council on Jan. 26. "I dispute your lawful ability to do what you claim. I will not sign the application. I cannot and will not give up my civil rights, especially when requested by a government entity for which the Constitution was designed to limit the power of."

    Meanwhile, not surprisingly, Dieseltec's Facebook and Yelp pages have been receiving all sorts of comments protesting his hate. 

    UPDATE: Michigan Auto Repair Shop Owner Who Refuses To Serve Gays 'Is Not A Licensed Mechanic'

    But now Dieseltec is losing support of one of its biggest suppliers.

    Cummins, which manufactures the engines and engine parts integral to Dieseltec's business, has asked to have its brand and logo removed from Dieseltec's website and marketing:

    Screen_Shot_2015-04-17_at_8.42.28_AM.jpgThen there was the GoFundMe page that was started and quickly deleted, but not before it got its one and only donation, for $5 from Holli Biggs, who wrote, "I'm legally married to another woman, and a proud parent to 3 beautiful little girls that i have taken in as my own...I want to be the first one to donate to this because you are going to need it in time to provide for yours. Will you except my money? Or is it too gay for you?"

    And one bankruptcy attorney has offered Dieseltec his services, making a rather creative statement. An excerpt:

    "I noticed your post on Facebook where you decided to alienate most of the general public by stating that you will refuse service to openly homosexual people," Jeffrey Mapes of Mapes Law Offices wrote on his company's website. "This is certainly an unorthodox business strategy, and perhaps it will work for you, but I get the feeling you will need a bankruptcy attorney pretty soon and I wanted to offer my services. Like you, I am white, male, Christian, a business owner, and a gun owner. Unlike you, I provide services to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation because it doesn’t matter to me — I hope this won’t be a deal breaker for you."

    MLive reported on a local man who said he was a regular customer and bisexual. He reportedly tried to throw eggs at the auto repair shop. 

    And then there's this tweet, the content of which has not been verified: 

    And yes, protestors:

    Sadly, in a separate Facbook post, Klawiter writes that he's getting death threats:

    "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."

     

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    • commented 2016-02-12 16:22:37 -0500
      I just finished a brake job on my 2008 GMC Sierra 1500. In my driveway.
      ~ Old Gay Guy in Austin

    • commented 2015-04-25 01:23:30 -0400
      he is more and likely not getting death threats egging threats maybe but I highly doubt death threats I think more likely he is seeking public sympathy to get donations and the reasoning for not getting his business license is most likely false to the fact of it all he probably wasted all his money and does not have the money to pay for the license and did this public rant to get sympathy so he could get large donations to be able to pay for his license so he can keep running his business and squander his money on more likely alcohol and possibly drugs why not he seen the pizza place gets loads of money why not him to he is a game player and manipulator and when these don’t work to his satisfaction
      he becomes violent to intimidate others to do as he wishes them to do because after all its all about him and if he doesn’t want officials on his property then what is he really hiding if I ran a public business I wouldn’t give a crap if the law had to search my business because I would know I am running a legal place of business as long as they were respectful of my innovatory and property and didn’t destroy it and if they did destroy my legal property the reimburse me in equal for that property or replaced it with equal property only if I wasn’t would I be against that

    • commented 2015-04-24 20:53:56 -0400
      We keep hearing that these people have received death threats. I wonder if it is true or as manufactured as his hate against the government. Next we will hear he hasn’t paid his sales taxes, and pocketed them because it is an unlawful seizure of assets.

    • commented 2015-04-20 20:35:18 -0400
      @velouria Just the typical bitchy queens demonstrating their “compassion” and “tolerance” is utter bullshit. In case you had any doubt after the manufactured Indiana hatefest, there it is.

    • commented 2015-04-20 17:22:57 -0400
      What in the heck does the lady in the picture being heavy have to do with anything? We’re talking about this guy being a homophobe and some of you dudes choose to randomly make fun of this woman? For what?

    • commented 2015-04-20 16:39:22 -0400
      I like how his refusal to sign the application for a business license is predicated on faulty logic. “You can come in without a warrant?! NOT SIGNING.” No, moron, the application you were supposed to sign is their warrant.

    • commented 2015-04-20 07:22:21 -0400
      The bigger the homophobe the bigger the closet. It’s sad. This is the world we live in, closeted gay men are angry at themselves and lash out at others because they can’t reconcile their perceived masculinity with their desires for men. I feel sorry for him.

    • commented 2015-04-20 07:19:19 -0400
      Butch, the chubby chick is the fag-hag. You and I both know know what happens when the doors are closed and some of the guys are working late…I have that porn somewhere.

    • commented 2015-04-19 23:08:29 -0400
      Hmmmmmm seven dudes and one really fat girl. Even if I were straight, if I had to pick between the big fat girl and one of the hotter dudes I would say I would be banging one of the dudes than that fat girl in a heartbeat.

    • commented 2015-04-19 06:37:15 -0400
      I saw the GoFundMe page just a few minutes ago for this business. I agree that he can have his own views and his own beliefs. I also feel that is sad that he is receiving death threats, however, he should take a good long look at what he said. He stated that he “would put someone’s vehicle back together with all bolts and no nuts”. That statement, in itself was a death threat, was it not? It may have been an empty threat, nevertheless, it was a threat. Maybe now he knows how it feels to be threatened.

    • commented 2015-04-18 20:08:48 -0400
      I’d do the guy on the far left, the rest of them maybe after I slipped them roofies. Also, MI tax payers paid for this guy’s attorney. Big mouth can’t even afford to represent himself. Sad little boy.

    • commented 2015-04-18 17:02:16 -0400
      Here I thought someone would finally, because nobody ever has, explain how RFRA laws are “dangerous and discriminatory”. Unfortunately the author doesn’t and I can only guess that he can’t.

      Also, is it legal/ethical for a lawyer to troll Facebook offering unsolicited service? I’m thinking the august author has possibly opened up a can of worms for that guy.


    • commented 2015-04-18 09:25:53 -0400
      Looks like his FB has been taken down! Awe

    • commented 2015-04-18 09:23:43 -0400
      Being a Christian these days means you can beat up on people, especially your wife.

    • commented 2015-04-18 08:43:55 -0400
      “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”. Very Christian of you big guy. Shut this idiot down.

    • commented 2015-04-18 06:25:33 -0400
      Well you had to open your big mouth & tell the world what a bigot you are…..now deal with it sparky……Ahhhh karma!

    • commented 2015-04-18 06:03:11 -0400
      This Brian Klawiter seems to have a violent criminal record and no respect for the law:

      https://opencourtrecords.org/case.php?id=11259

    • commented 2015-04-18 03:52:32 -0400
      C’mon, Dee! I would bet a kidney that this God Nazi wouldn’t pitch in 10 cents toward bail money for you if you’d been arrested for being gay in that town, pre-Stonewall. You can shower him with love. I want him showered with justice. Oh, with a water bath of karma, as a chaser.

    • commented 2015-04-18 01:30:31 -0400
      My fellow LGBT Christians, let’s show this guy that Christ did say “love your enemies”, and help him get his business license. We know what he has said, and how he has said it and we know that we are above the fray. The best medicine is to shower him with the love he denies us.

    • commented 2015-04-18 00:56:57 -0400
      He doesn’t have a business license?
      That’s priceless. I am rather torn though. I absolutely detest his homophobic views. Part of me wants his business to fail, but part of me realizes that both he and his employees are dependent upon that job as a source of income. Having been fired before, I know what it’s like to not have a job. I am very hesitant to wish unemployment on anyone, even a bigot, bc for all that they are hateful people, they are still people, and they still need to support themselves. I’m even more hesitant to wish the business would go under knowing his employees would be without a job.

      On a separate note, I find it endlessly amusing that religious people (I’m an atheist) of all political affiliations think "I’m a christian’ actually conveys anything meaningful. Good, ethical, morally upstanding people have found justifications for their beliefs in the bible. Vile, unethical, immoral people have done the same. There are passages in the bible that can be used to justify all manner of actions-both good and bad, moral and immoral, ethical and unethical.

      Are you someone who thinks it is right and proper to give your time, energy, money, or resources to aid underprivileged people? You can find justification in the bible for that belief. Are you someone who thinks gay people should be stoned or that wives should be subservient to their husbands? You can find justification in the bible for those beliefs. Saying "I’m a christian’ doesn’t tell anyone about your morals or ethics. Of course christians (and believers in other religions) think “I’m a christian” does have a meaning. In their heads, they associate christianity with being good, moral, and ethical, but given that the bible provides support for a wide variety of activities across the moral spectrum, that simply isn’t the case. You can look at people like Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann. They are misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, theocratic assholes. But they are still christian.

      And all of that is one of the many, many problems with christianity (other religions share similar issues, but I’m not discussing them at the moment).

    • commented 2015-04-17 23:21:26 -0400
      Hate is not a Christian value. These filthy cult savages who hate people just because they’re gay are not Christians.

    • commented 2015-04-17 20:19:20 -0400
      Sez the man who was himself, convicted of assault and battery.

    • commented 2015-04-17 20:19:19 -0400
      only death threats he got is the ones he is making up to get sympathy in the form of money from the likes of other idiots like him. How much you want to bet he will never reveal who made the death threat ! Lol well even if he gets any money from the likes of him, the poetic part is he is stealing from the ones who hates us so a enemy of my enemy is my friend lol. I say let him cheat other haters out of their money

    • commented 2015-04-17 15:02:49 -0400
      Am I misinterpreting this shop owner? I thought he was threatening the lives of gays by saying he would repair their cars with bolts and no nuts. Isn’t that a death threat in itself?

    • commented 2015-04-17 14:38:01 -0400
      I agree with the murky area of death threats. If real, they would be reported to the police. I just don’t see our side as resorting to death threats or threats to burning down his business. An isolated person, sure, but a whole bunch of us? I dunno…

    • commented 2015-04-17 14:33:02 -0400
      @stephanie Machia, if he is receiving death threats, (which I also doubt) you assume that they’re coming from LGBTs. If he’s trying to use this as a way to scam up donations, this could just as easily be from him, his friends or even RWNJs who want to give the story greater exposure and attract more $$$.

    • commented 2015-04-17 13:49:58 -0400
      https://opencourtrecords.org/case.php?id=11259

      This presumably lists his violations.

    • commented 2015-04-17 13:04:58 -0400
      Gee, what would Jesus do? Well, since Jesus knew one of his twelve disciples was a thief, yet still kept him hired to take care of the monetary side of things, I think it’s pretty obvious what Jesus would have done.

    • commented 2015-04-17 12:59:55 -0400
      Eh, go suck on a tailpipe Jim Crow loving “Christian” savage…. with the car running.

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