Charlotte Council member Lawana Mayfield boycotts restaurant

Reclaiming her time in the face of bigotry:

While she has not patronized any of Noble’s restaurants since 2015, she said she spoke out now because of Noble’s plans to open a business in the district she represents. “Any business that is within my district where I know that they signed on to the letter to support discrimination through legislation, I will not patronize knowingly,” she said. She said she knows of no other business in her district whose owner signed it.

Noble, who is also an ordained minister, was one of 94 signers of the letter, including prominent Christian conservatives such as Dr. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. Others included business owners, realtors, educators, medical professionals and two captains for USAirways/American Airlines. The only restaurant owners were Noble and Joseph Acovski of Joey’s Fine Food and Pizza in Denver, N.C.

I know many of my friends in political circles are exhausted after the bitter fighting over HB2, but the truth is, bigots like Noble pretty much won that war. HB142 wasn't even really a compromise, it was a victory of form over substance. Lawana was right to vocalize her opposition to patronizing this establishment, because there are over 90,000 LGBTQ folks living in the Charlotte Metropolitan area, and they deserve to know which businesses hold them in contempt, and actively work to deny them rights. And there's something else this story exposes, the dangers of government relying on religious institutions to provide services to the poor:

Elected in 2011 and serving her fourth term, Mayfield is the city’s first openly gay council member. She’s active in organizations including the National League of Cities REAL Race, Equity and Leadership Committee and has served as president of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials. In 2014, she was awarded an LGBT Leadership Fellowship and completed the Kennedy School of Government program at Harvard.

In addition to Noble’s signature on the letter, Mayfield said she has been bothered by language he has used in referring to the people he targets through his restaurant-based ministry, calling it “elitist and judgmental.”

In an 2013 article for the now-closed publication Beacon, journalist Jeff Chu described a visit to The King’s Kitchen in which Noble showed him a poster that was headed “Wanted: For the Kingdom of God,” followed by a list: “Drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, pimps, all sick people, gangbangers, gamblers, strippers, AIDS victims, homosexuals, blind, confused, shoplifters, depressed, suicidal people, demon-possessed, and those who are unsaved and cursed by witchcraft.”

And before you say, "They don't have to go there if they don't like it," they actually do, unless they want to go on a fricking hunger strike. I genuinely hate that, using someone's hunger as an opportunity to proselytize about your religious beliefs. But a lot of the Christians I know think it's just fine, they should be patted on the back for it. I'm thinking more along the lines of a boot up their ass, but that's just me...