In the midst of a fight over religious freedom, one Indiana business owner dared to speak out in favor of traditional values. Amidst all the Angie’s Lists and Salesforces and Wal-Marts, only one small pizza restaurant in Walkerton, Indiana had the courage to defend their conservative beliefs in public.
Asked by a local television reporter how they felt about the new Indiana law, the owners of Memories Pizza told the truth. Crystal O’Connor said that they would not be willing to cater a gay wedding ceremony, seeing as how it conflicted with their religious beliefs. That comment was enough to set off a firestorm. Social media went bananas, protesters gathered outside the restaurant, and one high school basketball coach even threatened to burn Memories Pizza to the ground.
Talking to The New York Times, Crystal’s father, Kevin O’Connor, said that the media had twisted his daughter’s comments into something they weren’t. He insisted that his restaurant would serve gay people without hesitation. But what O’Connor doesn’t understand is that these liberal loonies make no distinction between gay people and gay weddings. They’ve decided that anything gay people do is subject to constitutional protection. Pride parades, T-shirts, weddings, orgies…if they want your business to participate, you’d better damn well comply.
Conservatives, to their credit, were not willing to sit idly by and watch this lynch mob destroy a family business. In a GoFundMe campaign started by conservative website The Blaze, supporters raised more than $800,000 for the restaurant in a matter of only a few days. That so enraged one Indiana CBS employee that she abandoned her journalistic ethics to file a fraud complaint against Memories Pizza.
“Just in case,” said Alix Bryan, defending her decision to get personally involved. She later insisted that it was “totally acceptable” for her to file the complaint.
Does anyone think for one second that this is where the road ends? Does anyone believe that the LGBT establishment will be satisfied once they have all the anti-discrimination protections they could ever want? Not a chance. Soon, they’ll start lobbying for rights that sound utterly preposterous, just as the thought of legalizing gay marriage seemed ridiculous twenty years ago. Legalized polygamy. Legalized incest. Banning clergy from preaching anti-gay messages in church. We’ll wave away these ideas with an eyeroll. Oh, silly liberals, what will you think of next?
But that’s the way it happens. Propose the ridiculous, let it simmer for a couple of decades, and then pounce. And before you know it, the country you loved has become a haven for perversity, restricted speech, and anti-Christian fervor.
Imagine the headlines if we used every tool at our disposal to put a family out of business for saying they wouldn’t cater a Christian event. It would be the top story on every network, and the president would speak out against the “bitter clingers” and the culture of hate. But when the liberals do it, it’s just fine. Because hate against Christians is A-OK.