A Nebraska coffee shop employee has learned a lesson about fairness the hard way.
Marilyn Synek joined Nebraska Family Alliance three months ago and frequented Cultiva Coffee shop in Lincoln. While Synek was sipping a cup recently, an employee approached her, told her – using vile language – to leave because of her biblical values, and called her "bigoted trash" because the Alliance supports traditional values (i.e., marriage is one man and one woman). (See related story)
Karen Bowling, who heads Nebraska Family Alliance, tells OneNewsNow it was a classic example of the First Amendment at work.
"But disagreement isn't discrimination," she shares, "and I think we need to continue to work and learn how to have civil discourse in the marketplace of ideas, particularly when we disagree with one another."
The coffee shop employee – who stated at the time that more than 80 percent of the shop's workers were homosexual – was fired; and the owner has apologized.
"This is an opportunity for us to recognize tolerance goes both ways," Bowling adds. "And civil disagreement and discourse are important issues facing our country as necessary components for a pluralistic society like ours."
Bowling tells OneNewsNow that her crew plans to resume favoring the shop in the near future.