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Some stories aren't so much political as they are to remind us of the attitudes that are encouraged by political beliefs.

The man works at the Carrabba's Italian Grill near 107th Street and Metcalf Avenue. His mother also works as a hostess and she was very upset by what was written on the back of the check earlier this week after he waited on a couple.

"Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. (Homosexual slur) do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours," the customer wrote. "We hope you will see the tip your (homosexual slur) choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is never too late for GOD's love, but none shall be spared for (homosexual slur). May GOD have mercy on you."

But why should I bring this up?  It's just more hate rhetoric from a bright red state like Kansas, right?

I bring it up because of the paragraphs that follow:

The anti-gay message has galvanized support for the server on social media with a campaign underway to flood the restaurant on Friday. Dr. Marvin Baker and his partner had lunch at the restaurant on Thursday and asked to be seated in the server's section.

"I was angry. I said this is not Christian as I know it," Baker said.

Coincidentally enough, the hostess who led them to their seats was the server's proud mother.

"I said, 'We are here to meet your celebrity. The one who was mistreated.' She said, 'That's my son. Would you like a table or booth?' I said, 'Wherever he's serving,'" Baker explained.

Baker served as a pastor for many years and currently leads a Bible study group for LGBT members. He said the couple's behavior was ungodly.

"This does not represent Christianity. I called them Pharisees," he said. "God really loves us. And God does not advertise or promote hate. That is not love."

Baker said the server indicated to him that he appreciated the support. They agreed that gays experience too much rejection and hurt, and that "it is nice to know that someone cares."

I do this because I hear all too often that places like Kansas aren't worth fighting for, because it's a "lost cause".  I see stories like this and I am reminded again that there are a lot of people here who are waiting for that fight - and who know what the 'right' thing is.  

It's why election cycles like 2014 are important even in Red States that get forgotten.

Originally posted to tmservo433 on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 08:51 PM PDT.

Also republished by Anglican Kossacks and Street Prophets .

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