Christian pro-life couple Peter and Terry Throp were ordered to leave a restaurant in Muizenburg, Cape Town today because of objections to anti-abortion messages on their jackets.
In an email to Gateway News Peter Throp said that at about 12.30pm today at the Gaslight Café in Muizenberg they were confronted by a middle-aged man with spectacles who introduced himself as the manager and — in front of patrons and staff — stated they were not welcome under his rights as manager to refuse admission.
When asked why they were not welcome, as they had been to the restaurant before, the man said: “I do not like what is written on your clothing,” said Peter.
“When asked to elaborate he, the said manager, refused to discuss it except to say that he had had complaints and proceeded to evict us from the premises. This was not pleasant to experience,” he said.
“We feel that the manager is being discriminating and should be confronted on his stance. This is an age when guest houses and bakeries, businesses etc. have come under scrutiny by the SAHRC [SA Human Rights Commission] and certain members of the press for exercising a management’s rights of admission,” he said.
He sent Gateway News a photo of himself and his wife outside the restaurant in their offending jacket. Terry’s jacket displays the words “Abortion is evil — Isaiah 5:20” and Peter’s shows the words: “Jesus saves — Matthew 7:7”.
The owner of the Gaslight Café, Ferdi Havenga, told Gateway News in a telephone interview that he had asked the Throps to leave because he had had complaints from patrons about “inappropriate”anti-abortion slogans on their clothes. He said people came to the restaurant to relax and did not want to be reminded about things going on in the world.
He said some people had had “unfortunately gone through abortion for whatever reason” and seeing messages like “abortion kills” stirred up emotions.
He said the Throps had been to the restaurant before, wearing their anti-abortion clothing each time, and also displaying anti-abortion messages on their car which the parked outside the restaurant.