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04-07-2015 04:24 AM  34 months agoPost 1
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Harassed and threatened, Christian pizzeria receives over $800,000 in support

By United Press International April 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, (UPI) -- Over $800,000 has been donated to an Indiana pizzeria that came under fire following comments by its owners about refusing to cater same-sex weddings due to their religious beliefs.

The owner of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., Kevin O'Connor, 61, closed his shop in the wake of several threatening phone calls and social media posts labeling his business as discriminatory following the comments, which were made earlier this week.

"If a gay couple was to come and they wanted us to bring pizzas to their wedding, we'd have to say no," Crystal O'Connor, who co-owns Memories Pizza, told ABC 57.

"That's a lifestyle that you choose," Kevin O'Connor added. "I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. You can't beat me over the head with something they choose to be."

A flurry of protest quickly erupted on Yelp and Facebook against the pizzeria, and after a drop in business the O'Connors told reporters they feared the pizzeria was ruined.

"I hope your business goes under for your inability to see that Christianity is a religion based on the belief that you should 'love thy neighbor,'" one Yelp reviewer wrote.

Since then a GoFundMe page set up by staffer's from Dana Loesch's conservative talk show, The Blaze, has raised $842,592 from 29,166 donors in just two days time. The stated purpose of the page is to "relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors' stand for faith."

Lawrence Jones, an opinion contributor on Loesch's show, wrote in a statement on the page that "the family may never even reopen the doors to their restaurant as the death threats and vicious online reviews continue to pour in from the arbiters of 'tolerance.' ... So we set up a GoFundMe page with the modest goal of $25,000. The intent was to help the family stave off the burdensome cost of having the media parked out front, activists tearing them down, and no customers coming in."

The O'Connors made the initial comments in relation to Indiana's equally controversial Senate Bill 101 -- known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- which critics say allows businesses to cite religious beliefs as a valid defense for discriminatory practices.

The law, which passed late last month 40-10, resulted in massive nationwide protest, leading to corporate boycotts and denouncements from business leaders such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and the president of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), which is headquartered in Indianapolis.

The Indiana state legislature revised the bill earlier this week to include language that Gov. Mike Pence said would "not create a license to discriminate or to deny services to any individual."

http://www.gopusa.com/news/2015/04/...t/?subscriber=1

Just another prime example of the loony left in action folks.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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04-07-2015 05:15 AM  34 months agoPost 2
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Awesome!!! Kind of warms the heart.

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04-07-2015 12:49 PM  34 months agoPost 3
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Great, I made a donation myself. So tired of Christians taking a hit for what they believe in.

Got to have my cup of heli in the morning.

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04-07-2015 01:10 PM  34 months agoPost 4
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Thought ya'll were capitalists?

Seems the only way this ultra conservative business can stay in business is with the charity of like minded bigots like yourselves.
That's a lifestyle that you choose," Kevin O'Connor added. "I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual."
If being homosexual is a choice, when did you choose to be heterosexual?

You should be proud.

Res ipsa loquitur.

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04-07-2015 03:02 PM  34 months agoPost 5
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Thought ya'll were capitalists?

Seems the only way this ultra conservative business can stay in business is with the charity of like minded bigots like yourselves.

You should be proud.
Every privately owned business has the RIGHT to refuse service to anyone. What's the big problem here? This is completely out of control.

Wonder why that TV station had to go 20 miles in search of a business and someone who would answer the question the way they (the station) wanted? The media won't talk about that will they?

Just another pile of $hit the medias unloading on us.
Mike

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04-07-2015 03:24 PM  34 months agoPost 6
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Thought ya'll were capitalists?
Seems the only way this ultra conservative business can stay in business is with the charity of like minded bigots like yourselves.
Has nothing to do with capitalism. They shut down because they were being threatened with harm and vandalism by the tolerant LGBT community. People will still buy pizzas from them.

Why is the LGBT community so afraid of a VERY SMALL family business, in a town of 2000 people, that is in the middle of nowhere?? I am pretty sure no gay person was EVER going to go to that pizza shop and ask them to cater their wedding. So in reality, this tiny little pizza shop in Hickville, on the outskirts of Nowhereville, in the middle of a corn field, poses absolutely no threat to the gay community.

Gay people sure pick the weirdest fights.

Steve

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04-07-2015 10:58 PM  34 months agoPost 7
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You know why Smith?

Because they gots the backing of the Best
President of all time!!!!!!!!!!!

The Gaay muuslim...

I KEEL you for alllah buddy....

I love gravity, it always keeps my feet planted when I fly!

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