Liberty Counsel: Where is proof Mississippi town discriminating?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

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. 

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Which entities do you feel can have the greatest impact for positive change in American culture?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Official: Deaths reported, dozens hospitalized after tornado
At 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insider
Le Pen visits French factory, Macron wins ally before runoff
Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds
Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck killed near Mt. Everest
Trump says China pressuring North Korea on missile, nukes
1 dead amid flooding, strong thunderstorms in Midwest

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Host blasts absent Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner
Trump: 'I will not be happy' if N. Korea triggers nuke
2 low marks on Trump's spectacular immigration scorecard
Trump open to making huge change to the Senate — this would be a game-changer
Trump ridicules media at Pa. rally: 'They deserve a big, fat failing grade'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Webcam abortions nearing end in Iowa?

Planned Parenthood is challenging Iowa officials in court over webcam abortions.