The Universist Movement, which has for over a year met in a variety of businesses and private homes across the Birmingham area, has for the first time been told where it is not welcome: Cool Beans in Homewood, AL.
Shop owner Amy Anderson said on Monday ?I am a Christian, and I am not comfortable with your group putting fliers on our table or having meetings here.? Other local religious groups do meet at the business, which gladly hosts fliers for Christian groups including CASBA (Catholic Singles in the Birmingham Area) and Elevate College Ministry. Confronted with the discrimination, Universist Movement Director Ford Vox informed Anderson that ?Over the years, businesses have discriminated against people for reasons of race, gender, sexual orientation and religion. Your policy is part of that sad history.?
People are sometimes uncomfortable with being around and interacting with those that are different from themselves. Fortunately, discrimination, fear, and hatred are generally on the decline in this country. However, anytime we see discrimination and fear such as what happened at the Cool Beans coffee shop, we should remind them that humans are essentially human no matter what they believe.
We open our arms to our fellow humans no matter how wrong we think their beliefs are and we don’t even have a god to tell us that this is the right thing to do. I wonder why Amy Anderson’s god tells her she should reject Universists and tell us we’re not welcome?
Well, if I’m ever in the Homewood, Alabama area, I’ll be sure I won’t visit:
Cool Beans Coffee House
1014 Oxmoor Rd.
Homewood, AL 35209