The fake news story that forced an Indiana pizzeria to shut down and its Christian owners into hiding

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WALKERTON, IN, April 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A small-town Indiana pizzeria owned by a Christian family has closed its doors after being terrorized by pro-homosexual bullies opposed to the family’s religious values.

Memories Pizza in Walkerton has received death and firebombing threats and had its website hacked, according to LegalInsurrection.com.

The attacks came after ABC-57 out of South Bend aired a piece March 31 highlighting the pizzeria owners’ support for Indiana’s hot-button Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The station claimed Memories Pizza, owned by Kevin O’Connor, was the “first business to publicly deny same-sex service.”

The owners specifically stated that anyone was welcome in the restaurant, but the story was set off by the fact that they said they would not cater a homosexual “wedding” because it would conflict with their Christian beliefs.

“I do not think [the bill’s] targeting gays. I don’t think it’s discrimination,” O’Connor’s daughter Crystal told ABC-57. “It’s supposed to help people that have a religious belief.”

“If a gay couple was to come and they wanted us to bring pizzas to their wedding, we’d have to say no,” Crystal O’Connor said.

“That’s a lifestyle that you choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual,” Kevin O’Connor said. “You can’t beat me over the head with something they choose to be.”

Versions of the report were picked up by ABC News, CNN, and various other media outlets.

Huffington Post was among them, carrying the headlineIndiana’s Memories Pizza Reportedly Becomes First Business To Reject Catering Gay Weddings.

Vehement backlash proceeded against the family.

Some posts included vulgar photos of mainly naked men, the New York Daily News said, with one post stating, “Can’t wait to read about your bankruptcy in the future.”

Memories Pizza was replaced on Google Maps, National Review reported, with “Gay Memories Pizza,” which has as its avatar “Gay Jesus.”

“I don’t have a problem with gay people. I do not condone gay marriage, and that’s what I said,” Kevin O’Connor told The Daily Beast as the controversy exploded. “I don’t turn anybody away from the store, I don’t have a problem with gay people. I just don’t condone the marriage.”

“We’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief, and anyone has the right to believe in anything,” Crystal O’Connor said.

A man stood in front of the restaurant Wednesday with a hand-made sign that said “bigots,” according to the South Bend Tribune.

Also on Wednesday a local high school coach was suspended for threatening tweets she is reported to have made about Memories Pizza.

“Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me?” the tweets from Jessica Dooley stated. “Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? “That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE” Ignorant”

Dooley works with special education students at Concord High School and is a girls’ golf coach and an assistant softball coach. The Walkerton police department has said it investigated the incident and turned in a case to the county prosecutor “for possible charging of harassment, intimidation, and threats.”

The O’Connor family is considering leaving the state because of the attacks.

“We’re very hurt and confused,” she said of the threats. “We stood up for what we believe, and the news just took it totally out of proportion. They lied about it.”

Some conservatives and Christians have cried foul on the vitriol toward Memories Pizza and much of the media handling of it.

Columnist Erick Erickson from Red State called out  liberal Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Jay Bookman for writing that the restaurant had closed due to “market forces” when death threats were at play.

The head of the Catholic League called the reactions against the O’Connors “cultural fascism.”

“It should be condemned by everyone,” Bill Donohue said in a statement. “Individuals have rights, and this includes the right not to be coerced into affirming causes, as opposed to servicing individuals that they find morally objectionable.”

The O’Connor family is without income in the meantime while this plays out.

A GoFundMe account set up for the O’Connor’s topped $205,000 in 21 hours with contributions from 7,229 people.

Kevin O’Connor was bewildered by all the hatred.

“Because I don’t believe in something that they want, they see fit to be angry about it,” he said. “It’s really confusing to me. I’m just a little guy in a little tiny town. That’s where I’ve been my whole life. It’s just been ugly. I don’t know what to call it.”

One thought on “The fake news story that forced an Indiana pizzeria to shut down and its Christian owners into hiding

  1. Totalitarian countries practice in brainwashing their citizens,starting in the schools, etc. All Communist and Christless so-called “neutral” Secular Countries do this. They rewrite the textbooks to fit their ideology,by misrepresenting the facts. This socially engineers the society against The Totalitarian States political opponents.
    In the Christian West we thought that schools above all ought to be engaged in the pursuit, and discussion of the truth until, The New Worldview/Religion of Secularism was accepted politically and legally starting only in 1962.

    Christians were also persecuted for their values in Pagan Rome, by government decree until Constantine became Emperor about the year 307, and declared Christianity as The State Sanctioned Worldview.So-called “neutral” Secularism only became Western Civilizations New State Sanctioned Worldview/Religion starting in 1962 in Government, Law and Education with it’s Politically Correct ideology, which has brought our society here.

    All sorts of Pagan practices started to be normalized by this so-called “neutral” variety of Secular Paganism. Too many so-called Christians and Clergy have bought into this Pagan Secular Politically Correct so-called “neutral” ideology.
    Western Christian Democracies have been carried off when they converted to so-called “neutral” Politically Correct Secularism,as The Divided Kingdom of Israel was when they converted to Paganism. Only righteous Canadian and Western citizens political unity, and political action can democratically correct this imposed so-called “neutral” Pagan tyranny.

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