Ariel and Shawnee McPhail, a married couple, told a TV reporter that when they left The Stingray Cafe in New Bern after lunch one day, the owner handed them an envelope and said:
God told me to give this to you. Read it with an open heart.
The January 2013 letter (including misspellings and grammatical mistakes) read:
“God said in the last days that man and women would be lover of self, more then the lover of God.
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That man and woman would have unnatural effection for one another. Then, the coming of the Son of Man, who is Jesus. So please, look at your life. See how it hurt everyone around your. And ask the Lord to open your eye before it to late.
The Love of Christ
P.S. my daughter also was gay.
It destroy her life and my grandson.”
Ed McGovern told the Observer he “did what the Lord led me to do.” He said he waited on the couple inside the restaurant and “treated them with respect.” But he said he saw them kissing on the sidewalk outside and didn’t approve. The women, who could not be reached by the Observer, said on a TV news report that they were holding hands, not kissing.
“People accept that stuff, but I ain’t got to,” McGovern said. He said he’s “not against gay people” – that some of his employees are gay. After reports about his letter circulated online, he says he got “the nastiest, filthiest phone calls for three months straight.”