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Some folks who own a "Christian" restaurant in Indiana called "Memories Pizza" decided to go public with their bigotry, telling reporters that they believe in the "Religious Freedom" act signed by Governor Mike Pence, and they wouldn't cater a wedding for a gay couple. And now the owners of Memories Pizza have reaped a whirlwind, as they say in the Bible. They are being shunned, ridiculed, mocked and possibly shut down by the backlash over the anti-gay "Religious Freedom" act.
Indiana's 'Memories Pizza' Restaurant Owner Brags About Their ‘No Gays’ Policy #BoycottIndiana http://t.co/320jsgWzTY pic.twitter.com/NzBEZI6i05
— The Baxter Bean (@TheBaxterBean) April 1, 2015
"Religious Freedom" Shorter --> #BoycottIndiana #BoycottArkansas #RFRA #p2 pic.twitter.com/EYd4U9pQTC
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) March 31, 2015
From Raw Story
After Crystal and Kevin O’Connor of Memories Pizza appeared on ABC 57 to declare their support for Governor Mike Pence and the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act yesterday, the backlash was immediate.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal said as she stood in the restaurant, which is festooned with Christian paraphernalia.
“We’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything,” she added. “I do not think it’s targeting gays. I don’t think it’s discrimination. It’s supposed to help people that have a religious belief.”
Despite not believing that the bill would lead to targeted discrimination against members of the LGBT community, O’Connor told the station that her establishment would use the bill to avoid having to cater events like gay or non-Christian weddings.
Her father, Kevin, said everything came down to the issue of choice.
“That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?” he asked.
#BadPrankIn5Words Spam #MemoriesPizza for bigotry http://t.co/qKIw02Mnx5 #LGBT #BoycottIndiana #uniteblue #p2 pic.twitter.com/mjow3muW6y
— The Working Class (@WorkingClass101) April 1, 2015
The Far Right has rallied to the cause of Memories Pizza, especially Dana Loesch of Fox News, who protrayed them yesterday as Christian Martyrs being harassed by horrible people on the Left. An account was set up for the owners on GoFundMe, which some are calling a scam since the restaurant seems to have been failing before this even happened. Because they are victims and need help - victims of their own bigoted nonsense! (I tweeted that same sentence today and got rapid responses from right-wing trolls and Loesch-lovers such as: "Obama is a Bigot, too." "All Business Owners discriminate." "You are a dickhead, so go read your Bible!" I think they must know they are losing this battle.)
#MemoriesPizza owners say they’re considering packing up and leaving town due to the threats from the #BoycottIndiana crowd.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 1, 2015
We met the $25k goal in just a little over three hours ---> http://t.co/4tPTunecSS #MemoriesPizza
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 2, 2015
The #MemoriesPizza story is a scam. On the brink of bankruptcy they drummed up phony outrage with GOP host @DLoesch & raised $$ on gofundme.
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) April 2, 2015
#MemoriesPizza owner voluntarily shuts down. Makes more $$ from right wing morons with GoFundMe than selling crappy pizzas. #tcot
— Badlifestyle (@Badlifestyle) April 2, 2015
Dear #MemoriesPizza pic.twitter.com/y8Uug50NOr
— RiskyLiberal (@RiskyLiberal) April 1, 2015