A Christian-owned pizza parlor in Indiana has come under severe attack from all over the world for saying it would not cater a gay wedding.
Reporters have been all over the state of Indiana trying to find a vendor that would use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to decline a gay wedding. They finally found one in a town with only 2,199 residents.
Memories Pizza is an explicitly Christian business, which is probably what drew reporters in the first place. The store is festooned with religious sayings including this:
Every day before we open the store, we gather and pray together. If there is something you would like us to pray for, just write it down and drop it in the box and we will pray for you.
When approached by a TV reporter, owner Crystal O’Connor said, “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.”
Even though the station also reported: “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,” what happened next is quite remarkable and demonstrates what some are calling the New Intolerance.
Ian Tuttle at National Review’s Corner blog discovered that Memories Pizza has come under attack on Google Maps of all places. A search for pizza parlors in the Walkerton shows Memories Pizza, but if you click on the image, gay propaganda pops up, and under reviews of the pizza parlor a few hundred of them, they are attacks on the tiny business.
One says, “This business believes in hate.”
Another says, “I commend you for your ‘we hate gays’ confession. It is not every day that that a business is willing to alienate 60% of their customer base who support gay marriage.”
Yet another says, “Memories Pizza owner are bigots.”
And another, “Bigoted owners=hateful employees=terrible service= plenty of other pizza places to choose from…ignore this place.”
Yelp is not any better. One guys writes, “My wife/cousin and I went hoping to see some vintage kkk memorabilia and check out their 3rd Reich themed menus but were disappointed to find that their hate is only directed at gays!”
Another simply said, “You suck. And you’re probably going to go under.”
A guy from Houston said, “I was totally going to get this place to cater my gay wedding, but since Crystal and her incestuous family don’t support the fact that I’ve chosen to have sex with men instead of the goats they breed with, it looks like I’m going to have to go with Dominoes.”
So intense were the threatening phone calls, emails, and Tweets, that the owner simply closed the shop, for now, until the liberal tolerance blows over.
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