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Tyrannical Campaign by Gay-Rights Supporters Shuts Down Indiana’s “Memories Pizza”

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Christians leap to the defense with charitable fund

An owner of a small-town pizzeria in Indiana told a local reporter he would not serve a gay wedding because of his Christian beliefs. Now the restaurant has closed its doors after cultural liberals condemned it on social media.

On Tuesday, a reporter from a local ABC affiliated walked into Memories Pizza in Stapleton, Indiana and talked with Crystal O’Connor. What did she think of Indiana’s controversial religious-freedom law and serving gay customers?
 

“We are a Christian establishment,” says O’Connor.

The O’Connor family prides themselves in owning a business that reflects their religious beliefs.

“We’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything,” says O’Connor.

So, when Governor Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, the family was not disappointed. 

“We definitely agree with the bill,” says O’Connor.

When ABC 57 asked O’Connor about the negative backlash the bill has been getting for being a discriminatory piece of legislation, she says that’s simply not true. 

“I do not think it’s targeting gays. I don’t think it’s discrimination,” says O’Connor. “It’s supposed to help people that have a religious belief.”

O’Connor says because she’s a Christian, she and her family don’t support a gay marriage and that is their right.

Kevin O’Connor, Crystal’s father, says he believes the negative backlash the bill and its supporters are getting isn’t fair. 

“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?” says Kevin O’Connor.

The O’Connor family told ABC 57 news that if a gay couple or a couple belonging to another religion came in to the restaurant to eat, they would never deny them service.

 

The O’Connor family members’ remarks drew outrage from cultural progressives. As Terry Mattingly of GetReligion.org noted, liberals criticized, condemned, and lampooned the family’s Christian beliefs on Yelp.com.
 
National media outlets wrote about the liberal backlash to the pizzeria. Now conservatives have set up a crowdfunding site to raise money for the embattled restaurant. As of 1 p.m. EST, the site raised $142,259 for the pizzeria. Conservative media personality Dana Loesch helped start the fundraising:


Religious liberty is under assault in Indiana and that’s never been clearer than with the O’Connor family. 

When asked by local press the hypothetical question of whether or not they’d prefer to have their family owned business, Memories Pizza, cater a gay wedding, the owner said no citing their own religious beliefs as the reason. 

Rather than allowing this family to simply have their opinion, which they were asked to give, outraged people grabbed the torches and began a campaign to destroy this small business in small town Indiana. 

All for having an opinion that is rooted in faith. 

No one was turned away. No one was discriminated against. It was a hypothetical question asked by a news reporter who had questionable motives to begin with. 

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