Stuff co.nz 4 April 2015
A fundraiser for the owners of a pizzeria in Indiana, US, that became the target of widespread animosity after they said they wouldn’t cater a same-sex wedding reception has collected more than $1 million from anonymous donors.
A GoFundMe page started by a producer from The Blaze, a conservative news network founded by Glenn Beck, has drawn more than 28,500 donors.
“The intent was to help the family stave off the burdensome cost of having the media parked out front, activists tearing them down, and no customers coming in. Our goal was simply to help take one thing off this family’s plate as the strangers sought to destroy them,” wrote Lawrence Jones, a producer who works for Blaze personality Dana Loesch.
“But other strangers came to the rescue and the total just keeps going up.”
The Walkerton pizzeria was dragged to the center of a national debate over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday, when Crystal O’Connor told a local television reporter her family would refuse requests to cater a same-sex wedding reception because it conflicted with their faith.
Owners of Christian Pizzeria Go Into Hiding After Left Wing Persecution
Charisma News 4 April 2015
A year ago the U.S. looked across the ocean to the Middle East and watched in horror as Christian businesses, churches and people were targeted by radical Muslims. Their homes and property were marked to identify them. Many were burned. Christians were brought out into the streets to be shot, hung, set on fire and crucified. Outrage was the appropriate response.
Our national values hold that individuals must not be persecuted because of their beliefs. Thank God for a land where we are free to live our lives without fear of being targeted for our faith.
Apparently not if you live in Walkerton, Indiana. There Alyssa Marina, a reporter for a local ABC station was sent out looking for a Christian business they could target for a story. What she found was a small town pizzeria named Memories, owned and operated by Frank O’Conner.
There was no doubting the faith of the owners. The pizza joint is decorated with a lot of Christian decor and Scriptures. The news crew made sure they focused on that fact with all their b-roll footage.
O’Conner told The Blaze that they were contacted by the station for reaction to the current RFRA legislation. He asked why pick them. They responded that Memories simply came up in a Google search. I have to wonder if it was truly that innocent.