Started by Valigarmander, April 03, 2015, 03:04:48 PM
QuoteConservative Christians are rewarding an anti-gay Indiana pizzeria forced to close after publicly declaring they would not cater to same-sex weddings because of their â€œsincerely held religious beliefs.â€Over $700,000 has been raised for Memories Pizza, located in the 2,200-person town of Walkerton, about 20 miles southwest of South Bend. The pizzeria took center stage in a firestorm of controversy surrounding Indianaâ€™s anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act.Kevin Oâ€™Connor and his daughter Crystal own Memories Pizza. Earlier this week Crystal Oâ€™Connor was asked about Indianaâ€™s anti-gay, religious freedom law. Oâ€™Connor told ABC 57:We are a Christian establishment. If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.Oâ€™Connorâ€™s remarks subsequently went viral, sparking outrage, with many LGBT supporters and other fair minded people noting that protecting this kind of anti-gay bigotry was the purpose behind Indianaâ€™s Religious Freedom Restoration Act all along.However, in addition to reasonable commentary, the owners of the pizzeria were also abused and harrassed on-line, with one social media commenter going so far as to threaten to burn down the pizzeria.TPM reports critics of the law bombarded Memories Pizzaâ€™s Yelp page with negative reviews and flooded the restaurant with phony orders, forcing the Oâ€™Connor family to close up shop Wednesday.After news spread that the pizzeria had closed its doors, an on-line fundraising accoung for the Oâ€™Connor family was set up, raising an astonishing amount of money, over $700k, in less than 48 hours.Appearing on Fox News Thursday night, Memories Pizza Co-owner Crystal Oâ€™Connor said that the family appreciated the fundraising effort, and pledged to reopen the pizzeria soon. In addition, Oâ€™Connor doubled down on her opposition to catering a same-sex wedding, saying:It is not a sin that we bring gays into our establishment and just serve them. It is a sin, though, if we cater their wedding. We feel we are participating. Weâ€™re putting a stamp of approval on their wedding. And we cannot do that.Oâ€™Connor said her hypothetical discrimination wasnâ€™t â€œhateful,â€ telling Fox:Itâ€™s not all hateful, we show no hatred towards them. We just â€" we ask that they respect as we have to allow the way they believe â€" we just ask that they respect the way we believe.Oâ€™Connor went on to say:God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe, and not denying Him.While God does not exist, anti-gay, conservastive Christians do, and they will financially support and reward discrimination and bigotry.The culture wars continue.
QuoteGod has blessed us for standing up for what we believe, and not denying Him.
QuoteWe are a Christian establishment. If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.
Quote from: Johan on April 03, 2015, 06:30:49 PMIsn't this kind of the same as saying if Superman walked in and wanted me to give him a BJ with kryptonite in my mouth, I would have to say no. A gay couple? Ordering pizza as catering? For their wedding? NEVER. GOING. TO. HAPPEN!!!!!!