Indiana Pizzeria Owners Shouldn't Be the Target After Their Stupid Anti-Gay Remark

Indiana is enjoying a moment in the sun this week—or in a giant fireball spit out by the sun, I should say. After Gov. Mike Pence signed off on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, there has been no end to the debate over whether the law purposely allows businesses to shun homosexuals in the name of religion. A family of pizzeria owners who made a controversial declaration about what the law means to them are now paying for it—with their business.

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The father and daughter owners of Memories Pizzeria in Walkerton reportedly told a local TV station they would refuse to serve gay couples by providing catering services at their wedding after the law takes effect this July. They probably never expected to become the face of the anti-gay argument against this act, but that's pretty much what happened and now, like it or not, they are national news.

This obviously doesn't mean people are planning to make a pilgrimage from wherever they live to have a slice at the now-world famous Memories Pizzeria. Quite the opposite. Crystal O'Connor and her father have had to close up shop and say they aren't sure when, or if, it will ever be safe to reopen, given all of the negative attention they are receiving.

As is usually the case when something like this happens, misguided people have reportedly been threatening O'Connor's family, even though it's obviously hypocritical to come down on someone for treating a group of people as if they don't deserve to exist only to turn around and do the same exact thing.

A high school girls' golf coach was suspended this week for allegedly tweeting this message about the pizzeria:

"Who's going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? "That's a lifestyle they CHOOSE" Ignorant"

In addition to this tweet, others have come forward to criticize the pizzeria and quite a few Yelp reviews that have more to do with God then the quality of their pizza have been written in the last 24 hours alone.

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I strongly dislike this law and everything it stands for, mainly because the language is so ambiguous it gives business owners like these a fine excuse to put their religious beliefs ahead of their need to serve their community—every single person in their community.

But the only reasonable and humane response is to not frequent a business if you don't approve of their values. Threatening anyone with violence for the greater good of humanity makes absolutely no sense and should never be tolerated. People who are mad are really angry at lawmakers for creating this pathetic, cowardly law. Politicians have the luxury of passing this law and then sitting back and watching as people hurt one another and fight amongst themselves.

Stand up against the elected officials who made it possible to give so much power to two pizzeria owners—the law isn't going to change if you burn down a pizzeria.

As for the business owners, they say they are in hiding. There are plenty of folks still rooting for them though, and the proof is in the fact that they have raised more than $220,000 in donations through a GoFundMe page set up for them less than one day ago.

Do you think it's fair for these business owners to lose everything because they said they would refuse to serve gay couples at weddings under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?

 

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