A New Jersey-based bed and breakfast is taking the heat for allegedly penning a homophobic Facebook message to a local lesbian disappointed with the inn's proclaimed support of Chick-fil-A.
As Jeremy Hooper of Good As You originally reported, Joianne Fraschilla took to Facebook to express her frustration with a sign displayed on the lawn of the Whitebriar Bed and Breakfast in Edgewater Park, which promoted "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," designated by former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee as Aug. 1.
"This is somewhere my son loves to pass by and we have been excited to visit," Fraschilla, who is openly gay, wrote. "I'm sad to see a local business anti LGBT marriage."
She likely wasn't prepared for the vicious, long-winded response her post received from Whitebriar Bed and Breakfast (called "Camp Whitebriar -- animals, organic gardens, Cooking from scratch & swimming" on Facebook). The B&B, which is owned by Carole and Bill Moore, reportedly fired back at Fraschilla:
"Isn’t it wonderful Joanne (sic) Fraschilla, that you and your son can enjoy the animals here because I have a traditional marriage with a husband who works with me 90 hours a week to take care of these animals, and the summer camp….we’re 66-68 years old….there were no gays or queers in our time…..if two old ladies chose to live together..so be it, let them deal with God when they get there…but to have the 'face sucking' thrown in my face of two gay lesbians who are totally destroying the 'normal balance in a child’s life' as you claim your son…"
The post continues:
"Where is the role model that your son needs to know how to act like a man? or will he only see the 'one sided selfishness' of a 'single parent'…and end up an out cast in society by being 'gay' himself because he didn’t have a father as a role model. I’ll pray for you….remember what the bible says: 'Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas'…..guess that’s why God invented aids….
THIS LOCAL BUSINESS WILL BE ONE MAN ONE WOMAN ONE GOD MAKES MARRIAGE….AND PROUD TO DO SO….YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY TO OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS"
As previously reported, Huckabee has encouraged customers to patronize Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1 in response to what he described at the "vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry" aimed at the fast food company after its president confirmed its anti-gay marriage stance in a controversial interview.
Whitebriar's official Facebook page is private, but has nonetheless been inundated with angry comments from pro-LGBT users, many of which remain visible. "I find it sad and disheartening that you have such a limited view of humanity, that you can hate in the name of Christianity, that you influence children with your bigoted beliefs," writes one.
Adds another: "Are you folks teaching all those innocent children how to be homophobes? I imagine your business will soon be a thing of the past. Just as your bigotry should be."
The news follows the case of the Riverbend Bed & Breakfast, a now-defunct, Canada-based inn which was fined $4,500 for refusing to grant a gay couple a reservation in 2009 after learning of their sexual orientation. The innkeepers reportedly cited their religious beliefs as the reason why they wouldn't rent a room to the two men.
Fraschilla has since started a Change.org petition calling for Whitebriar's owners to apologize for the remarks. The petition, which can be viewed here, currently has over 500 signatures.