Liberty Counsel: Where is proof Mississippi town discriminating?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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The Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to force a small Mississippi town to accept a business, a bar, it doesn't want. It just happens to be owned by a lesbian.

Pat Newton, a lesbian from Memphis, operated a homosexual bar in Shannon, Mississippi, in 1994 but closed it. She now wants to reopen it.

Shannon officials said no because they don't want another bar in the town of just 1,700 people.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow the town doesn't have to license a business just because one is requested.

“In this particular allegation there's no evidence that the city discriminated against her on any reason,” Staver says of Shannon officials. 

Meanwhile, SPLC is “just hypothesizing” because she is a lesbian, Staver adds.

“That may be why she wasn't granted a business license for a bar but there's no evidence to that effect,” he says.

Staver tells OneNewsNow it's important to recognize that it's the SPLC that is representing her.

“That agenda that is driven by this organization is simply trying to establish a bully pulpit for homosexuality,” says the Liberty Counsel founder, noting that the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified such organizations as the Family Research Council and the American Family Association as “hate groups.”

“Why? Because they believe in marriage as a union of one man and one woman,” says Staver.

The attorney says Shannon might need more restaurants or a small mall, but it has a right to say it has enough bars.

The argument that the license was rejected because the owner is a lesbian doesn't measure up to reality, alleges Staver, but it fits the ideological agenda of the SPLC. 

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