GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Someone used a spray can to paint “I (heart) NUTS” on the side of the Dieseltec building in Grandville. The remains of graffiti could be seen on one of the building’s doors, but it appeared that an attempt had been made to clean if off.
The vandalism was visible Tuesday morning. Owner Brian Klawiter wouldn’t comment.
Klawiter made headlines April 14 when he posted on the Dieseltec Facebook page that “I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons.”
After a couple of days of media coverage and backlash, Klawiter posted further comments: “If you have an opposing view to mine that IS OK, what is NOT OK is threats to kill me, my family, and friends; threats to burn down my shop and my home.”
Then Klawiter said in a post April 20 that he would not refuse to serve gay people:
” … but where someone is engaging in overt displays of homosexual behavior, I don’t have to tolerate it in my place of business, just like I don’t have to tolerate overt displays of immoral heterosexual behavior in my shop (hypothetically speaking).
“Just because I have sins of my own, doesn’t mean I am unable to take a stand on something that is clearly wrong.
“So while I won’t allow any immoral behavior in my shop, I have clarified my previous statement: sinners – homosexual or heterosexual – are welcome in my shop, but if I can see by their behavior on my premises what their personal short coming is, I reserve the right to point it out to them (in a loving way, of course) and point them to the One who can take them and change them into who they were designed by Him to be.”