A small town pizza shop in Indiana has become the latest target of religious bigotry in the wake of a major showdown over religious liberty legislation in that state.
The victims of the latest anti-Christian hate campaign
are the owners of Memories Pizza, a pizza parlor in Walkerton, Indiana.
In an obvious set-up, a reporter from a South Bend television station walked into the pizzeria and asked employee Christie O'Connor
whether the restaurant would serve homosexual customers. O'Connor responded: "If a gay couple came into the restaurant to eat, we would serve them. But if they wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no."
Within hours of the station airing the story, Memories Pizza was besieged by a hailstorm of hatred from
homosexual rights activists. Christie and her father, Kevin O'Connor, the owner of the shop, were on the receiving end of a continuous stream of malicious verbal assaults and death threats over the phone, by email, and on social media.
The pizza parlor's Facebook page was hacked and littered with homosexual pornography. The restaurant's listings on Yelp and on Google Maps were flooded with vile posts, including more homosexual porn and propaganda. Images were posted of Hitler serving pizza, Jesus making an obscene gesture, and of pizzas shaped in the form of obscene images.Jess Dooley
, a high school golf coach in Elkhart, Indiana, issued a challenge on her Twitter account: "Who's going to Walkerton, IN, to burn down Memories
Pizza with me?" Dooley has been suspended, and law enforcement authorities have turned the case over to the county prosecutor for possible charges of harassment and intimidation.
In the face of the chaos surrounding his small town business, Kevin O'Connor decided to shut down the pizza parlor. He said it was impossible to distinguish between legitimate pizza orders and bogus calls, and his small staff could not afford to keep generating nonstop pizzas for nonexistent customers.
In response to the vicious campaign waged against the family business, St. Louis area radio commentator and Blaze TV contributor Dana Loesch launched a national publicity campaign of support for Memories Pizza. A GoFundMe account was created to generate financial support for the O'Connor family. The initial goal was to raise $25,000.
In an absolutely astounding demonstration of solidarity with the O'Connors, the GoFundMe account raised an unthinkable total of $842,387 in 48 hours. Nearly 30,000 people donated serious sums of money to support the family business. The stunning and spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment behind Memories Pizza reminded many of the Christian community's response to attacks on Chick-Fil-A restaurants. The O'Connors have now decided they will reopen and continue to serve the Walkerton community.
We do not believe that Memories Pizza was randomly chosen by the television reporter for their supposed man-on-the-street interview. Memories Pizza is an unashamed Christian establishment. The store is decorated with religious sayings. One sign says: "Every
day before we open the store, we gather and pray together. If there is something you would like us to pray for, just write it down and drop it in the box and we will pray for you."
However, in this case, the effort by the ultraliberal media to sting and smear this distinctly Christian small business boomeranged in big-time fashion, and the victims of their sneering media bias are now nearly millionaires.