Elizabeth Poe, the owner of a knitting store in Franklin, Tennessee, announced on Jan. 24 that supporters of the "women's movement" were not welcome at her store (video below).
Poe, who owns a shop called The Joy of Knitting and self-identifies as a Christian, made her announcement along with calls for unity on her Facebook store page:
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.
According to WTVF, Poe's Facebook posting popped up after a female customer wanted to buy some pink yarn to make a "pu**y hat" -- the nickname for the popular hats that came to symbolize anger at President Donald Trump's notorious 2005 statement that he could "grab [women] by the pu**y" because he was a star.
After Poe's posting went viral, she was both slammed and praised by people all over the U.S.
Poe told the news station how upset she is about some of the language from the Women's March on Washington, but didn't mention Trump's comments.
"We don't respect each other, and it's hurtful," Poe said. "I am not perfect. I'm not trying to throw stones at this movement, I'm just telling you we've lost our sense of social decency in this nation, and we are hurting people."
While the news station was filming its story, Sandra Barrett-Hoomani, one of the women who demonstrated against Trump, entered Poe's store and identified herself as a Christian.
"Collectively, we were there for love and unity," Barrett-Hoomani told Poe.
Poe replied: "We have to start treating each other with respect." She went on to clarify: "I'm not against standing up. I'm against the way they are doing it."
Poe, who has not backed down from her stance, also said to WKRN: "We are all for women's and minority rights. They are going about doing the right thing the wrong way."