On Thursday Memories Pizza reopened after the attack on our First Amendment reached new heights in Indiana. While the Governor of Indiana was making news with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and all the controversy surrounding it the press was out hunting for someone to interview that would prove their point that homophobes ran wild in Indiana.
Instead they found a small family owned pizzeria who gladly serves everyone in their shop. Their problems began with a hypothetical question by a local station asking if they would cater a gay wedding. The answer was that they were happy to serve gay people at their pizza shop, but if asked, they could not cater a same-sex wedding, because of their religious beliefs. In their minds it was very simple and reasonable.
This small business was put through a vicious cycle of threats from members of the gay community just for exercising their first amendment right and answering honestly based on their religious beliefs. They were forced to shut down their little storefront and probably would have gone out of business if good people hadn’t stood up for them.
Dana Loesch and other members of The Blaze thought it would be a good idea to help these folks out when they heard that they were closing and opened a GoFundMe account hoping to get $25,000 or so to help them start up again.
Well in the end the account accumulated over $840,000 as the outpouring of good Americans defended their right to speak honestly. The owners will utilize some of this to expand and then donate to other causes/charities to pay it forward and they are being provided a financial planner by The Blaze to help them out.
Not everyone agrees with this side of the story and in an interview with Dan Tynan on Yahoo.com Jason Rahlan, communications director for the Human Rights Campaign, which has been leading the fight against laws like Indiana’s responded with the following..:
“All the money in the world doesn’t put you on the right side of history, the right side of equality, or the right side of the American people…”
“We fully believe in a respectful, thoughtful debate on every public policy issue,” he adds.
“We also believe that no LGBT American should be refused service in a place of public business based on who they are or whom they love. That’s discrimination, it’s wrong, and we categorically reject it.”
Well just a word to Jason Rahlan from me… they did not refuse service in their place of public business they just answered a hypothetical question and for that they were persecuted.
And some of the Gay community itself participated in donating to Memories Pizza. Courtney Hoffman donated $20 but her comment with the donation was worth much more.
It’s not just Courtney that feels that way. There are members of the gay community that feel very strongly about our rights and freedoms and donated as well.
In a candid interview, Kevin O'Connor says he doesn't hate his detractors.
"There are just a lot of good people out there. It seems like all we hear about is the bad ones and when something like this happens, it seems like the bad ones are the first to come out and get after you," he says.
"I don’t hate these people. They are just angry. I am not really sure what they are so angry about. So many things today are topsy turvey. What used to be wrong is now right and what used to be right is now wrong. I don’t hold anything against them."
He shared a few more thoughts on the subject of same-sex marriage.
"If any child of mine came out as gay and entered into a gay marriage, I would still love them," he told the Daily Mail, "but Daddy wouldn’t be going to the wedding."
Every day we hear about an attack on our rights and freedoms. Every day it seems that the courts fall on the side of political correctness. When did this happen? It was gradual, an inch at a time, when no one was looking or we weren’t interested because it didn’t concern us. Perhaps we were busy trying to put food on the table, put our kids through school, or just survive this bad spell.
Now it’s time to start paying attention because if we don’t, one day it will be you who is being attacked; your family and everything you hold dear could be at risk. This isn’t just a bad spell; this is the tipping point for this country and we must stand up for it.
George Washington said that “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”If this doesn't give you any ideas on how to make changes then follow me for more to come.
I for one intend to keep on talking… how about you?