Restaurant owner responds to criticism for renting space to conservative religious organization

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A Lancaster County restaurant owner is speaking out after being criticized for renting space to a conservative religious organization. The Lititz-bound house was to host the Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society and a discussion of whether Christianity should be the only religion in Pennsylvania. Critics called the event hateful and boycotted the restaurant. Organizers announced Thursday that they would move the discussion to another location. accommodated different viewpoints. He did not expect a strong backlash. He said he knew the organizers and believed the accusations of racism and hatred were unfounded. “I believe in free speech, and I believe in free speech for everyone, no matter what side of the spectrum you’re on, no matter what your opinions, you should have the right as a human being to to have opinions, to express those opinions and to interact with other people who have different points of view. This is my point of view and I don’t like being told that I have to censor the people. It’s not my role. My role is to provide space. My role is to provide a welcoming environment for anyone who wants to come here,” Price said. News 8 has reached out to event organizers, but we we haven’t received a response yet.

A Lancaster County restaurant owner is speaking out after being criticized for renting space to a conservative religious organization.

The Lititz-bound house was to host the Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society and a discussion of whether Christianity should be the only religion in Pennsylvania.

Critics called the event hateful and boycotted the restaurant.

Organizers announced Thursday that they would move the discussion to another location.

“I didn’t cancel the event,” Tied House co-owner Mike Price said.

Price thought the conversation would be interesting and welcome different points of view.

He hadn’t expected the strong backlash.

He said he knew the organizers and believed the accusations of racism and hatred were unfounded.

“I believe in free speech, and I believe in free speech for everyone, no matter what side of the spectrum you’re on, no matter what your opinions, you should have the right as a human being to to have opinions, to express those opinions and to interact with other people who have different points of view. This is my point of view and I don’t like being told that I have to censor the people. It’s not my role. My role is to provide space. My role is to provide a welcoming environment for anyone who wants to come here,” Price said.

News 8 has contacted the organizers of the event, but we haven’t heard back yet.

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