[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Kirsten Powers, a Fox News contributor and admitted Liberal, is not too happy with the backlash faced by Memories Pizza who were caught in the aftermath of the anger among LGBT activists with Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) passage into law. The owners of the pizzeria, Kevin O’Connor and his daughter Crystal, were thrust into the spotlight by local TV station ABC 57 who asked Crystal if they would cater a same-sex wedding.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]In her honesty, she said that they would not because it would go against their religious beliefs, but they would not and have not ever turned down any customer. As a result of her honesty, the pizzeria was shut down due to death threats and other threats of violence, as well as an attempt to ruin their business reputation.
Powers penned an op-ed in USA Today entitled “Gay Marriage Debate’s Sore Winners” in which she blasts those who have targeted the O’Connors, and others like them, because their thought on a certain subject is not what these activists believe it should be.
A girls golf coach at an Indiana high school tweeted, “Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me?” The pizzeria outside South Bend received death threats and harassment and felt forced to shut down the shop. It’s Yelp page was vandalized with obscene and homo-erotic pictures. The owners have said they don’t know if it will be safe to re-open.
How many gay people had asked to have their wedding catered by this small-town pizza joint? None. What number of gay people had been denied a slice by O’Connor? Zero. In fact, the owners told the reporter that they would never refuse to serve a gay customer who came to the restaurant to eat. The wrath of gay rights supporters rained down on Memories Pizza because O’Connor committed a thought crime. She discriminated against nobody, but thinks the “wrong” thing about same-sex marriage and she said it out loud.
As she continued, she shared that she did not support Indiana’s RFRA, or any other similar law, because she feared it gave people license to discriminate against gay people. But, in light of what happened with Memories Pizza in Indiana, she is beginning to wonder who needs protection. Powers also reminded the world of the tragic targeting of Brandon Eich, former CEO of Mozilla, who was forced from his own company after protests over a personal donation he made to Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage, in California years ago. To this day, Eich is still being bullied over his support for traditional marriage.
Last week, Hampton Catlin — a computer programmer and gay rights advocate — started taunting Eich on Twitter. Catlin tweeted, “…couple weeks since I’d gotten some sort of @BrendanEich related hate mail. How things going over there on your side, Brendan? Eich responded, “You demanded I be ‘completely removed from any day to day activities at Mozilla’ & got your wish. I’m still unemployed. How’re you?” Catlin continued to gloat.
Yes, both Catlin and Eich got hate mail, but only one lost his livelihood. Is this really what winning looks like?
No, it’s not.