Monday, January 30, 2012

Bistro Boots Campfield, Internet Lights Up

pic via the Knox News Sentinel report
The owner of the Bistro By The Bijou Theatre told TN Senator Stacey Campfield to leave the restaurant Sunday in response to some wildly distorted and dangerously wrong information he was preaching about AIDS and gay people, which I wrote about here. (UPDATE: Campfield sued for libel, headed to court)

I find it really odd that a state senator who claims "Homosexuals represent about 2 to 3 percent of the population yet you look at television and plays and theaters, it's 50 percent of the theaters, probably more than that, 50 percent of the theaters based on something about homosexuality." would patronize a place which is itself part of a "theatre" - they even spell it like one of those places where "plays" are. Gasp!

Bistro owner Martha Boggs says:

""I didn't want his hate in my restaurant," Boggs said in a interview this morning. "I told him he wasn't welcome here. ... I feel like he's gone from being stupid to being dangerous, and I wanted to stand up to him."

Reactions are lighting up the internet:

Sean Braisted: "There is nothing inconsistent or incoherent about discriminating against those with power who actively discriminate against those without power.  There is no difference between refusing to serve David Duke than there is Stacey Campfield.  While Campfield's views may currently have more resonance among the American populace, it doesn't change the fact that he wishes discrimination against people based on who they are.

Mike Donila
Southern Beale
Betsy Phillips
Trace Sharp
Towle Road
Daily Kos
Think Progress 
No Silence Here has a roundup of comments
And, Free Republic: Gays have their own street in Knoxville?

Sen. Campfield isn't backing away from his uneducated commentary - he's adding to it, urging folks to think that someone who has hemophilia or anyone who might be ill must be avoided because they are not "normal":

"Most "Normal" people I imagine would also stay away from the IV drug users, hemophiliacs, known disease carriers, prostitutes and other high risk people. Also conceding a man less likely to receive the disease then (sic) a women because of the nature of sex, the odds of a man getting AIDS from a female are pretty low."

Classy. At least he says "I imagine" as his imagination is completely running wild. And the real question is - will voters forget all this when his re-election efforts begin?


  1. Why wait? Does TN law allow for a recall? Start proceedings against the asshat NOW!

  2. Anonymous11:52 AM

    I applaud your stance Senator. It is the leftwing in this country that is trying to FORCE their perverted morality on others. Homosexuality is descriptive of a BEHAVIOR and is not a innate characteristic of birth. There is no medical scientist or doctor in the world who can predict the future sexual behavior of a child. Homosexuality is a corruption of natural human sexuality. Morally the leftwing approves of this type of corrupt behavior and they seek to FORCE this perverted morality upon everyone. The leftwing seek to use the Courts and the law to punish any business or any person who disagrees with their perverted moral views.

    The homosexual movement has become the most fascist movement in my lifetime whereas they seek to FORCE everyone to either march lockstep with their perverted beliefs or they will try to destroy you. The left have shown their morality to be completely corrupted and perverse since the sixties counter culture sexual revolution. They continually try to sexually pervert our children and to take away our right to representation on issues of public decency. Since the leftwing do not belief that 'we the people' have a right to call homosexuality a corrupt behavior and vote against allowing it to run free and spread in our society then maybe next they will decide to attack our right to representation on the age of consent?

  3. Anonymous - you are free to believe that homosexuality is wrong, certainly. however, my issue with Sen. Campfield is that he is promoting false and misleading information about how a fatal disease is spread and who is susceptible to it - some 22% of AIDS cases in TN are attributable to heterosexual activity only, according to the CDC stats, and to claim otherwise may well endanger people's lives. and that is a moral error with the gravest consequences.

  4. Deb - if memory serves, there is no recall for state reps or senators. the only way to remove them from office is via impeachment. otherwise, folks in Knox County should seek to elect someone else in 2014.

  5. Anonymous1:16 PM

    Yet Joe the rise of ALL STDs is directly attributable to the counter cultures 'sexual revolution' and the attitude of today's left-wing in believing that sexual behavior is somehow sacred and a cherished right no matter how perverse or corrupt such behavior is. There also is no doubt that homosexual behavior overall is more prone to disease. Any doctor would tell you that it engages certain parts of the body in ways that they weren't designed to be used and that it puts a person at greater risk. It is pure insanity for us to be promoting this type of behavior as healthy or normal to our children.

  6. It's frightening to think of how many new cases of HIV/AIDS will be attributed to "Campfield said I wouldn't get it". Great post!