Hate is Not on Cracker Barrel’s Menu

In Knoxville, Tennessee, a local Cracker Barrel is gaining attention for canceling an event that was going to be hosted by All Scripture Baptist Church on June 29th. The church’s Pastor, Grayson Fritts, who is also an ex-Knox County Sheriff’s detective, is a known anti-LGBT advocate. Cracker Barrel decided that this was not the kind of customer they wanted in their restaurant. Cracker Barrel issued a statement on Twitter: “We serve everyone who walks through our doors with genuine hospitality, not hate, and require all guests to do the same.” The restaurant cancelled the church’s event after the Tennessee Democratic Party sent them a letter letting them know about the pastor and his views. Fritts had recently called LGBT people “freaks and filthy animals” in a recent sermon, and has also been known to say that “the government should execute gay people.” In response to Cracker Barrel’s cancelling what the pastor called just a “meeting and eating,” he stated, “If the LGBT community hosted an event there and Christians complained they wouldn’t ban the ‘LGBT’ group, they would tell us they don’t ‘discriminate’ against anyone. But hey, it’s their business. They can have a double standard if they want to.” Not too coincidentally, Fritts is currently being investigated by District Attorney Charme Allen who is reviewing cases the pastor/detective worked on.