Left-Wing Groups Are Furious Over This Pizza Business Fundraiser
The owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, did not expect to ignite a firestorm when they answered a local news reporter’s inquiry about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). ABC reporter Alyssa Marino asked Crystal O’Connor if their shop would be willing to cater a gay wedding.
If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no. We’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything.
Crystal and her husband, Kevin, did say they would never deny service to a gay couple who walked in the door, but their Christian beliefs would keep them from participating in a gay wedding.
The reaction against the O’Connors for voicing their Christian beliefs was so vitriolic, they were forced to close their restaurant doors earlier this week. Harassment techniques included flooding the business with phone calls (threats, false orders among them), and writing hate-filled messages on the restaurant’s Facebook page and thousands of negative reviews (some with lewd pictures) on Yelp.
Now, however, the O’Connors are receiving widespread support. Lawrence Billy Jones III, an investigative reporter for Loesch, set up a GoFundMe account “to relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors’ stand for faith.”
Jones set up the page with an initial fundraising goal of $45,000, and he challenged followers to make liberals “really mad” by donating $50,000 by midnight. To date, the site has attracted over
7,000 29,000 donors, and more than $200,000 $840,000 has been raised to help the couple.