Maryland business man Chip Berman owns a restaurant/night club called
Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood, Maryland. I (Dave Sharp) performed
there, as a singer/guitarist from February 2005 through February 2006.
Mr. Berman enjoys a significant amount of business from local
musicians, but unfortunately, he gives them little in return. Mr.
Berman apparently allows his political views to influence the bands he
hires to perform at his cafe. For example, Mr. Berman regularly hires
a band, the Newports, whose bandleader, Blaine Smith, is an
Evangelical Christian Minister and founder of Nehemiah Ministries in
Damascus, Maryland. Mr. Smith has appeared on television with well-
known Evangelical Christians such as Pat Robertson on the TV program,
The 700 Club.

But all healthy friendships must come to an end. In November 2007,
Blaine Smith wrote a scathing message for Pat Robertson on a CNN blog
after Robertson endorsed pro-choice Republican presidential candidate,
former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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