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Virginia Restaurant Refuses Service to Christian Group, Could Make Staff 'Uncomfortable or Unsafe'

Talia Wise : Dec 9, 2022

"Everyone should be concerned that people are being denied service based on their politics ... Welcome to the double standard of the left, where some believe Jack Phillips must be forced to create a wedding cake as part of the celebration of a same-sex ceremony but any business should be able to deny basic goods and services to those who hold Biblical values around marriage." -Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb

[] A Virginia restaurant refused to serve a conservative Christian organization because of the group's stance on traditional marriage and protecting the sanctity of life. (Screengrab image)

The Family Foundation had a private party reservation at Metzger Bar and Butchery located in Richmond, Virginia, for a donor reception on Nov. 30. But hours before guests were scheduled to arrive, the organization was told that the restaurant was "unwilling to serve" them.

Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb wrote on the group's blog that someone from the restaurant did research on the organization.

"They did a little research, found out who we are. We are unapologetically pro-life and stand for traditional marriage," she told the Daily Signal.

"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," Cobb shared on the organization's blog.

Metzger Bar and Butchery took to Instagram in an attempt to defend its decision to reject the Christian group.

"We have always refused service to anyone for making our staff uncomfortable or unsafe and this was the driving force behind our decision," it read. "Many of our staff are women and/or members of the LGBTQ+ community. All of our staff are people with rights who deserve dignity and a safe work environment. 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."

Cobb said people were outraged that the restaurant "wants to make a litmus test at the door."

"Everyone should be concerned that people are being denied service based on their politics," she said.

She also compared the restaurant's decision to establishments in the 1950s and 1960s that denied black customers based on race... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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