Memories Pizza may now be nothing but a memory, having “temporarily” closed its doors following backlash related to the owners’ open embrace of Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act — a law that allows anyone to discriminate against anyone carte blanche (as long as they claim it is related to their sincerely held religious beliefs).
While Governor Mike Pence clarified that the “religious freedom” legislation would not lead to discrimination against LGBT individuals, he seems to have been fibbing a bit. Before the ink from the Governor’s signature had dried, the friendly staff at Memories had announced that they intended to do exactly what Pence said would never happen: refuse service to gay people.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal O’Connor of Memories said, though she claims that in denying service to LGBT individuals the pizza shop is not in any way discriminating.
“That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?” Crystal’s father, Kevin, helpfully added.
Being gay is not a choice, but standing up to bigotry is — and many across the nation chose to stand up to these bullies. Almost immediately after the restaurant proudly announced its decision to discriminate against the gay community, its Facebook page and Yelp filled with scathing reviews and comments.
One awesome individual purchased the memoriespizza.com domain name, and decorated it with rainbows, hot guys making out, and phalluses.
Eventually, the humiliation became too much to bear for these good Christian warriors, but they were not through pretending that it was they who are being persecuted!
Kevin O’Connor told TMZ that he’s been forced to close his business because of the flood of “threatening” phone calls and social media posts.
“O’Connor wants to clear up one thing: He says he would never deny service to gay people in his restaurant,” TMZ notes. “However, due to his religious beliefs, he does not believe in gay marriage … and that’s why he wouldn’t service one.”
O’Connor says the restaurant will be closed — because of the alleged “threats” — “at least until the dust settles.” He told Fox News that he is not sure “when, or if” he will reopen.
O’Connor calls the outrage over his family’s bigotry “confusing.”
Watch a Fox segment on the business’s closure, below:
The decision to close the restaurant shows how strong the O’Connors’ convictions truly are: At the first sign of backlash, they invented stories of “serious threats” and fled — just like Jesus would…or something.
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