03 April 2015

For Standing Its Ground Against LGBT, Pizzeria Gets Rewarded

Memories Pizza
With Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in place, many business owners are now coming out of the woodworks to declare their fate and reject the minority's attempt to compel everyone to serve their non-essential, but despicable needs.

However, not all of those who came out to support the law was strong enough to stand the onslaught of grave threats and online bashing that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) threw at them everyday. Small and medium enterprises were the main targets of the loud and pitiful few oxygen-wasting individuals, including a local pizzeria store.

Memories Pizza in Indiana came under fire from homofascists after it says that it would refuse to cater a gay wedding. They had to shut down temporarily after its owners said they received life-threatening messages.

However, a GoFundMe page set up for pizzeria in Walkerton has raised more than US$ 40,000 in just six hours. The latest update reveals that it now reached US$ 150,000 in just 24 hours!

"I don’t know if we will re-open, or if we can, if it’s safe to re-open," co-owner Crystal O’Connor told TheBlaze, the news network run by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck. "We’re in hiding basically, staying in the house."

The fundraiser was set up by Dana Loesch of TheBlaze, and Lawrence B. Jones III, a contributor to the network.

"Nobody should ever have to suffer or suffer alone for their faith, for standing up for Christian principles," Loesch said on her broadcast.

Earlier in the day, Memories co-owner Kevin O'Conner said he would serve a gay customer in his store, but wouldn't provide pizzas for a gay wedding.

"That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual," O'Conner told ABC 57. "They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?"

O'Conner also told the Daily Beast that he had never been asked to cater a gay wedding.

"I don’t turn anybody away from the store, I don’t have a problem with gay people," he was quoted as saying. "I just don’t condone the marriage.”

After the story went viral, the restaurant's Yelp page quickly filled with negative reviews and images from disgruntled but very few LGBT supporters. However, those reviews will likely be removed as they do not describe a firsthand customer experience at the business.

"Non-germane, media-fueled reviews typically violate our Content Guidelines," a Yelp spokesperson said. "One of these deals with relevance. For example, reviews aren't the place for rants about a business's employment practices, political ideologies, extraordinary circumstances, or other matters that don't address the core of the consumer experience."

Reviews that don't meet guidelines are generally removed.