Both Sides Claim Faith Basis in Shop Owner's Vow to Not Serve 'Overt' Gays
The Grand Rapids Press has reported Klawiter’s business — Dieseltec — is not licensed. A Michigan secretary of State spokesman, Fred Woodhams, said Klawiter’s mechanic’s license expired last October.
However, Woodhams said Klawiter’s business license with the state of Michigan is current.
This has also prompted a reaction from at least one leader of Michigan’s gay community.
"Equality Michigan is concerned by any business which is not operating within the law," Yvonne Siferd, director of victim services at Equality Michigan, told the publication Pride Source. "Regardless of how Mr. Klawiter feels about our government and its LGBTQ citizens, he should not be working on people's vehicles with an expired mechanic's license. He does not have the right to pick and choose which laws he will follow. These licensing laws exist for the sake of public safety, and we believe it is telling that Mr. Klawiter does not seem to value these laws.”
Klawiter is not about to let this controversy go gently into the night. He has kept up a steady stream of posts on his Facebook page.
After the graffiti appeared on his business, Klawiter wrote: “Well, folks, as we predicted, it didn’t take long for the ugly face of the homosexual movement to present itself. What started out with ‘mere’ death threats against myself and my family and homosexuals spamming my Facebook page with gay porn shots has escalated to physical violence…No one likes gay porn, death threats, and vile speech directed their way. But for the country it is hopefully an eyeopener. This is the ‘tolerance’ of a homosexual community on display, and it will only get worse as they feel emboldened.”
He also wrote, “Today it’s us; tomorrow it could be you.”
Teszlewicz told WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids people spend too much time looking at the fire and brimstone of the Old Testament when they talk about homosexuality, and not enough time examining Jesus’ teachings in the New Testament which focused on “love and understanding.”
“At the end of time, what we stand before Jesus Christ and he says, ‘Who among you used my name to promote love and who among you used my name to promote hate,’” Tesziewicz said, “I know where I am going to be standing.”