A popular restaurant in Richmond, Virginia canceled a Christian ministry’s private party just 90 minutes before it was scheduled to start because LGBT staff members refused to provide service for the event.
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The Family Foundation, which is affiliated with Focus on the Family, had booked a dessert reception at Metzger’s Bar and Butchery.
“About an hour and a half before the event was set to take place, one of the restaurant’s owners called our team to cancel the event,” Victoria Cobb wrote on the organization’s website. “Their wait staff refused to serve us.”
The restaurant owners posted a message on its social media pages confirming the last-minute cancellation as well as the reason why.
“We refused service to a group that had booked an event with us after the owners of Metzger found out it was a group of donors to a political organization that seeks to deprive women and LGBTQ+ person of their basic human rights in Virginia,” they wrote. “We have always refused service to anyone for making our staff uncomfortable or unsafe and this was the driving force behind our decision.
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Metzger Bar and Butchery in Richmond, Virginia canceled a Christian ministry’s party just 90 minutes before guests arrived. The LGBT staff of @MetzgerRVA refused to serve @TFFVA. I’m sure the anti-Christian bigots owners would love to hear from you. h/t @jeffkatzshow— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) December 5, 2022
“Many of our staff are women and/or members of the LGBTQ+ community,” the community wrote. ‘All of our staff are people with rights who deserve dignity and a safe work environment.”
Yet, they clearly do not support the rights of diners who might have differing opinions about marriage or pronouns.
“We respect our staff’s established rights as humans and strive to create a work environment where they can do their jobs with dignity, comfort and safety,” the restaurant wrote.
The Family Foundation has demonstrated nothing but grace when dealing with the horrible owners of Metzger’s Bar and Butchery.
“Welcome to the 21st Century where people who likely consider themselves ‘progressives’ attempt to recreate an environment from the 1950s and early 60s, when people were denied food service due to their race,” Cobb wrote. “Our witness will not be diminished, and we will not be silenced. We will speak out when we see this type of religious discrimination occurring in Virginia.
When making dinner reservations, it might be wise to ask the hostess if the restaurant serves Christians.
I would encourage you to contact Metzger Bar and Butchery and let them know what you think about anti-Christian bigots. Their telephone number is (804) 325-3147. And please, let them know that Todd Starnes urged you to call.