Scottish Bed & Breakfast Owner Taken to Court Over Website Suggesting Refusal of Homosexuals

KINLOCHEWE, Scotland — The owner of a bed and breakfast in Scotland has been taken to court over language on his website suggesting that he would not bed homosexuals, and that he believes marriage is defined solely as the union between a man and a woman.

Tom Forrest, 70, is the owner of Cromasaig Bed and Breakfast in Kinlochewe. In 2004, he became the center of controversy when he declined to allow a man’s request for a room at the facility since it involved a homosexual relationship.

According to reports, Forrest advised that “two gents” would only be permitted to book a room with separate beds as homosexual relationships are “unnatural” and a “sexual deviation.”

Following the matter, to clarify his policy, he included the phrases “family and heterosexual friendly” and a photo image depicting “man + woman = marriage” on his business website.

In 2010, Forrest explained to reporters that his policies don’t have anything to do with religion, but rather nature itself.

“I will refuse point blank to allow them to share a double bed,” he said. “I do not approve of the homosexual act and any act of intercourse should be between a man and a woman. It’s nothing to do with the Bible; it’s to do with nature.”

Forrest noted that he has homosexual friends and they respect his position as a business owner.

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“I feel it’s about time that people decided to live and let live,” he stated. “What you want to do under your own roof is your own business. What I want to happen under my own roof should also be my business.”

But as his stance became public, Forrest began receiving messages that he deemed to be inappropriate.

“Since then we have been bombarded by offensive emails. The worst stuff has been put on our Facebook page,” he told the Sunday Herald last year. “A lesbian woman had claimed she had slept with a partner in one of our single beds. That just isn’t true and I later noticed that the woman in question was having a laugh with her friends about it.”

The Equality and Human Rights Commission soon took Forrest to court over the text on his website, insisting that he was in violation of the U.K. Equality Act. It sought to have him remove the messages and photos from his website.

A hearing was held on Friday in Inverness Sheriff Court over the matter, and Forrest agreed to remove the language at issue while the case moves forward in court.

“We are pleased that Cromasaig Bed and Breakfast has agreed to remove these phrases from their website until such time as the court makes an order in relation to the matter,” a commission spokesperson said, according to the Press and Journal. “We [had] asked Cromasaig to remove them, but they were not willing to do so and so we took this legal action. We now await the court’s decision after a full hearing in due course.”

“This action is only about those references and of course Mr. Forrest has to comply with the Equality Act,” they stated.


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Mr. Forrest is a hero. Homosexuality is a sin and sin has no equal rights with anything. People should have rights to reject to serve sins. Scotland, too, is a home of great Protestant Reformers and noble Christian denominations. Religious persecution is spreading in Western nations. So sad. If people do not act righteously now, the West will become a complete Sodom that invites God’s wrath and the Western children will suffer. Western nations must establish religious freedom like they did 500 years ago. Access to the Holy Bible brought quest for the truth and human dignity and freedom.

    • Johndoe

      Homosexuals have ALL of the same rights as you and I whether you like it or not. It’s a shame that you don’t understand such a simple concept.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        You are wrong. Homosexuals are abnormal and sinful, and Christians are moral and good and upright. The sinful should not have the same rights with the true and good and right. The Western culture got screwed up by equating depravity with righteousness. You guys are just another human rights abusing villains on Planet Earth this century.

        Westerners are neither good or right if they have no Christianity, although always rich and powerful and influential. May God bring justice upon the Western Sodom. Jude 1. When will you learn from your own history? Stop persecuting the Christians by clinging to the sinful abnormal homosexuality.

        • Johndoe

          More evidence that you have zero understanding of America. Nothing more than insulting true Americans.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Americans are not born to be pervs but to be educated to be Christian proper.

        • John G.

          Southern Baptists defended slavery using the Bible. It was because of “moderate” and secular pressure that it changed. The Quakers were one of the FEW Christian groups against slavery.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. Then-Americans and then-British all identified themselves to be devout Christian. Those who were closer to the truth prevailed. The English are the best humans to have as a master anyway; you don’t know much about the Earthlings in Non-christendom. Western women suffered no injustice comparing to the women in the Non-West. Abortion is wrong. Unborn children are not sub-humans but the same humans and have the right for life.

    • John G.

      Do Christians reject those who are re-married?

      Christians didn’t figure out slavery was bad for 1700-1800 years.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Another ignorant secular Westerner. Re-marriage is not always wrong. It’s case-by-case. Slavery has been practiced for the entire history in all of human societies. Only the white Christian missionaries made fuss about slavery, and Christian white race alone abolished it on their own by reading the Holy Bible for the first time in human history. All other slave owners stopped slavery because of the civilized education exclusively obtained from the white Christians. Mankind never knew slavery was wrong before getting education from the white Christian missionaries.

        • RWH

          Yep. Those in the Bible belt embraced slavery and fought hard to preserve it during the Civil War. It took the Southern Baptist Church until the 1980s to finally repudiate their position. Bob Jones Sr. even taught once that one could not be a Christian and believe in segregation, which in itself was a form of bondage. By the way, even in the north, it was the theological liberals like the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher who preached against slavery. The conservative Christians tended to sit this one out both then and during the Civil Rights era.

          Again, Grace, go read history books written by real historians, not the comic books sold at five and dime stores.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Southern Baptists educated the Earthlings to be free people by bringing literacy to all. It’s the liberal Ameicans who try to control the human population with murder-abortion and enslave mankind with homosexuality and pedophilia. You must read thhe Holy Bible and repent of your sin.

          • RWH

            Grace. A few observations. I can’t speak for what the Southern Baptist Convention did as far as missionary work, but I certainly can speak for the origins of the Southern Baptist Convention. They split with the other Baptists because the Southern ones believed that slavery was sanctioned in the Bible. The Southern Baptists did not repudiate that position until the 1980s. It certainly took them long enough.

            Concerning this repent speech that you typically give, I am a man, and as such, I cannot get pregnant. Therefore, I cannot have an abortion. Therefore, I cannot commit murder. Apparently, you earned failing grades in Biology as well as history and American civics. Moreover, I learned early on–though the unfortunate example of others–that smart people do not interfere in the personal, and especially the medical, concerns of total strangers. If you don’t understand that concept, I hope that you don’t mind spending years in prison.

            Concerning homosexuality and pedophilia, I know of no group that considers pedophilia something worth defending. If you know of such a group, speak up now, or give it a rest. Concerning homosexuality, you may not particularly like gay people, and you might prefer to see them imprisoned, but the pursuit of happiness is a right in the United States. Gays come in all stripes and colors. Many hold respected positions, and people have come to realize that these people can be upstanding citizens. Moreover, many people have gay relatives and friends. They don’t believe, as you apparently do, that gays are the scum of the earth and need to be destroyed at all costs.

            And lastly, concerning the Holy Bible, not everyone interprets things the same way that you do. You do not possess the keys to the gates of heaven, so stop acting like you’re the mediator between God and us. I see nothing in Scripture that gives you any special privileges. So, you may take your sanctimonious attitude elsewhere because I know your type. Your type drives people away from churches and destroys the reputations of people who try to oppose you. Your type has driven numerous good pastors out of the ministry because they have seen the damage your type does to their children. And I know pastor’s kids who will have nothing to do with Christ and the Church because of people like you. So, if you’re so concerned with people being saved or not, look to your own soul. There are lots of sanctimonious Christians bound for hell as well.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            American Southern Baptists were not like the rest of mankind. Americans themselves don’t know that. White race is regarded as racist only by withdrawing from others. A weird world. Let’s be REALLY fair and take everything into account. American Southern Baptists were and are the finest civilized people from whom countless good things can be learned from, and still the only normal Americans in the land. Slavery has been all mankind’s way of living but the Southern Baptists treated slaves like servants and not slaves.

            You support the feminists; therefore you are supporting the abortion-murder. Helping the Nazi members is same as helping out the slaughter. This day’s Sodomic Westerners are teaching children homosexuality and all kinds of sexual immorality in schools, not just on TV, in order to sexualize them all. It’s the act of pedophilia. Exposure to homosexuality is a child-abuse. The West needs something like the Russian laws to be normal again.

            The Holy Bible plainly condemns the murder of innocent humans and all forms of immorality including homosexuality. Universalists are not Christian to start with, and many Western mainliners are not keeping even the basic doctrines of Christianity. It’s not an interpretation matter; you never read the Holy Bible honestly, not even once. You must read the entire Word of God and repent of your sin.

          • RWH

            Sorry, Grace. More canned speech. More blah, blah, blah. Always the same thing. You have no idea who or what I support. What you support is simply frightening. Bearing false witness is a sin. Apparently, in your supposed knowledge of the Bible, that has never sunk in. So, Grace, save your repetitions of the same old tired stuff for someone gullible who may believe you. Perhaps there is someone reading this list with the intelligence quotient of a door knob.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You must stop the evil of supporting abortion-murder and homosexuality. It’s against God and the Holy Bible and Christianity. If you are really American, you are the grand proof that USA has lost the truth and freedom.

          • RWH

            Grace, when are you going to stop telling lies? The only one committing evil here is you. Grace, liars go to hell. That’s in the Scripture as well. Why don’t you look to your own salvation and make sure that you are saved before you point fingers at others. Grace, are you truly saved?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, I am. I trusted in Jesus as my Saviour and Lord. I rely on Him and believe what He says. He condemned murder of innocent children and practice of homosexuality. Western mainliners are not Christian but heretics. I didn’t lie. Your problem is unbelief like the atheists’, but you also must realize there is no place for Christians in support of murder and immorality. It is breaking of all of God’s commandments.

          • http://www.thelighterburden.blogspot.com Tani C

            Grace, God bless you as you stand for Him and truth.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Thank you so much. The Lord bless you, too, Tani.

          • John G.

            Southern Baptists thought that inter-racial marriage was against God. They fought FOR slavery, FOR Jim Crow laws, FOR bans on inter-racial marriage.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Southern Batpists treated the slaves the best. No Earthling likes inter-racial marriage; it’s just Western liberal white Americans and their mental slaves who love ranting of inter-racial marriage. If a tribe wants purity of the race, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s weird the liberals only bash the white race in not-supporting the inter-racial marriage. Ask any colored Earthling. Marriage within the tribe is always more preferable, and it’s not racism. Stop demanding the white people alone to mix the blood. Every race and tribe has the same right.

          • John G.

            Southern Baptists did not treat their slaves like servants.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            They are good people. You don’t know them. They teach everyone how to read and write and set up schools, orphanages, hospitals, and good churches everywhere.

      • Bill Bushey

        John G. – The Bible condemns slavery, actually. There’s an entire book of the Bible devoted to God’s plan to free the Hebrew slaves from Egypt.

        • John G.

          What about the children of foreign slaves? God tells people how badly one can beat them.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. They got freed for such abuse. God’s commands greatly limited any abuses against slaves and also false accusasions on masters. God declared all humans belong to Him. Israel had to fear God always and live properly. A total difference from the pagan religions.

    • Bill Bushey

      Grace Kim Kwon, thank you for speaking in favor of God’s Holy Word.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Thank you so much. The Lord bless you, too.

  • William of Glynn

    What if they just hold hands?

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      The sight of homosexual conduct is a public disturbance and a child-abuse.

  • Robert

    But If he were Muslim he could throw homosexuals off the top of his roof and Scotland would say they propably just slipt while enjoying the view.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Yes, the Western Sodomites never attack the Muslims. And they hardly attack the colored people though they attack the white conservative Christian males of both the past and present all the time. They are racist against their own race. No one else has been that self-destructive foolish.

      • John G.

        Christians have generally been exposed to the Enlightenment for hundreds of years. Still, there’s plenty of Christians who believe in a literal Biblical Adam/Eve, etc. (which is not true).

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          You’ve got a false education from the liberals. Europeans and Americans always had the copies of the Holy Bible with them and they read the Word, at least in part and studied the Christian doctrines diligently. The Western whites of yesteryears educated their children so that they could read the Holy Bible properly and had quest after objective truth. That is the foundation and backbone of the Christian Western civilization. If you read anything of 50 years ago and older, you’d realize it.

          Westerners always had Christianity they don’t realize how astonishing distict and ground-breaking amazing Christianity is to mankind. Humanism was possible because of Bible-literate Christianity. Jesus is the One who taught everyone to love everyone else. Deep thoughts are impossible apart from the Holy Bible. You are seeing a wreckage of humanism in the West right now, though. It never meant for forcing people to serve depravity. What an application!