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Southern-style family restaurant Cracker Barrel says they will not host a church event put on by Grayson Fritts, a Tennessee preacher for All Scripture Baptist Church. Fritts who is an ex-Knox County sheriff's detective once said gay people should be executed.
The Tenessee-based eatery tweeted on Tuesday that they are not affiliated with the church and they "disagree strongly with their hate and divisiveness."
."We serve everyone who walks through our doors with genuine hospitality, not hate, and require all guests to do the same," said the statement.
The response comes after Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini wrote a letter to the company about the church to shed light on the parish's position regarding the LGBT community.
Grayson called restaurant officials hypocrites and the only reason All Scripture Baptist Church was using Cracker Barrel was for "meeting and eating."
"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," the church said in an emailed statement. "But hey, it's their business. They can have a double standard if they want to."
The pastor is not shy about his stance on the LGBT community. He has said they are “freaks” and “worthy of death.” He also called for a riot team to be present at the Knoxville Pride festival on June 22.
Although Fritts says his personal beliefs did not influence his work at the sheriff's office, prosecutors are still reviewing the cases he worked on while employed there.