Millions of people attended Women's March events around the globe over the weekend to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump. But one knitting store in Franklin, Tennessee, is in hot water after telling people who took part weren't welcome in their store because "the women's movement is counterproductive to unity of family, friends, community, and nation."The Joy of Knitting took to their Facebook page on Tuesday to post the following message:
"With the recent women's march on Washington, I ask that you if you want yarn for any project for the women's movement that you please shop for yarn elsewhere. The vulgarity, vile and evilness of this movement is absolutely despicable. That kind of behavior is unacceptable and is not welcomed at The Joy of Knitting. I will never need that kind of business to remain open. Two wrongs will never ever make it right.""As the owner of this business and a Christian, I have a duty to my customers and my community to promote values of mutual respect, love, compassion, understanding, and integrity. The women's movement is counterproductive to unity of family, friends, community, and nation.""I do pray for these women. May the God work out His love in their hearts and continue to heal and unite Americans."
If you're confused as to why protesters need yarn, it's because they've been making 'pussyhats.'
And as you can guess, people weren't happy. The post has since received 4,700 comments and 4,000 shares. The vast majority of comments condemned the store's decision.
One user asked: "As a Christian, could you operate your business by showing the love of Jesus to all? Even those you disagree with?""While I support your right to make your feelings known," another commenter wrote. "You really need to pick up a history book. The fact that you are able to own your own business is, in part due to some brave women marching decades ago."
A few supported her decision, with one commenter writing:
"I'm sure some people will have a problem with this, but they are the same ones who were gleeful when certain celebs and congressmen boycotted the inauguration. It's ok for them, but not for you. There are plenty of us out there who respect your beliefs and your right to follow what is in your heart."
Following the backlash, The Joy of Knitting updated their post with the following comment:
"Please, this is not going to be used as a platform to hash out your beliefs v. my beliefs. I said my peace. I am sorry that you don't agree with my policy. I am certainly willing to live with my decision. You don't have to shop here."
But the store's page has since been flooded with nearly 4,000 1-star reviews, compared to 182 5-star reviews. Their Facebook page is now rated 1.2 out of 5. With one of the highest rated reviews reading:
"I'm a Christian and I marched. I marched for the vulnerable and those whose voices don't get heard. I marched for the foundations on which our beloved nation was founded--equality, liberty, justice for all. I marched for the values Jesus embodied--loving my neighbor as myself. I marched for you and the women you love--mother, daughter, aunt, cousin, friend. There was no vulgarity or violence in our march in Atlanta (63,000 strong), rather there were smiles and children dancing and love for each other. Not a single marcher, out of 3 million, was arrested at any of the marches in the US. We enjoy freedom of speech in this nation and you, of course, can say whatever you like, but what good came of your venting, labeling, wrong-putting? Would Jesus have spoken to peaceful, loving people that way? As a fellow Christian, what I wish is that you had found it within yourself to be loving and accepting, even though you don't value the march."
Well, looks like someone lost a lot of potential customers. And we mean a lot.