[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earlier this week, the owners of Memories Pizza had a target put on their backs by their local news station, ABC 57, when they were singled out, many believe because of their outward expression of their Christian faith in their pizzeria, and asked a hypothetical question regarding whether they would cater a same-sex wedding. This was done in the middle of the heated, national debate on Indiana’s signing into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Their response that they would not because doing so would violate their religious beliefs. It didn’t matter that Crystal O’Connor also said that they would happily welcome any patron to their pizzeria. It didn’t matter that no discrimination actually occurred; it was purely a hypothetical question. The militant Left thought they need to pay for their desire to not participate on a same-sex wedding.
This set off a firestorm of death threats, as well as threats of arson and an attack on their business reputation. Due to concerns about their safety, they had to shut their establishment down.
But, that was not the end of the story.
Dana Loesch and Lawrence Billy Jones III, who both work for The Blaze, set up a gofundme page to raise money for Kevin and Crystal O’Connor, the father and daughter who co-own the restaurant. The restaurant was their livelihood and, with it shut down amidst all the threats of violence, their source of income was gone.
As of this moment, the fund, which was originally set up in hopes of raising $25,000 has raised over $760,000. The outpouring of support came not only from conservative Christians and non-Christians, but also from many in the gay community who don’t believe the reaction is right, just, or fair. It came from those who believe that religious freedom in this country must be protected, preserved and respected.
And the militant, intolerant left doesn’t like it one bit.
A petition was started on Change.org to shut down the fundraising page for Memories Pizza. As usual, when the Left doesn’t agree with something or someone’s opinion, they seek to silence it and shut it down.
According to Dana Loesch, today is the final day to donate to the Memories Pizza gofundme page, so the petition to shut the page down may be null and void.
This tactic, however, is indicative of the sad state of affairs in America today. Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal ministry that works to ensure and advocate for religious freedom, addressed this powerfully in a recent blog post entitled, “Opponents of RFRA: Corporations Can Have a Conscience, If It’s Not Religious.”
It is important to clear the fog of this hypocrisy: It is OK for a business to support LGBT issues with its decisions and values (like Apple did), but it must shutter its doors if a business seeks to exercise religious freedom.
It seems that more and more in America today, that is where we are.
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