Americans have rallied to the side of a humble Christian family from Indiana
by Brooke Bosca | Top Right News
They were tricked by a “gotcha” question by a dishonest reporter, then viciously forced into “hiding” by a national wave of hatred. But Americans in every state have shown they stand with one Indiana family pizzeria, raising more than $300,000 for them in less than 24 hours.
But in that sea of support was one $20 donation that meant the world to the owner of Memories Pizza — in fact it “brought her to tears.”
It was a “controversy” that co-owner Crystal O’Connor never wanted. After Indiana’s passage of a religious freedom law, when a reporter pressed her on her attitude towards gays, the Christian business owner said she would serve anyone, gays included, and always has. But it was when the unethical ABC reporter Alyssa Marino asked her what she would do if asked to cater a “gay wedding” (she never has, and who on Earth caters a wedding with pizza?) that O’Connor said they would have to draw the line, as their Christian beliefs did not recognize such a union.
Marino and her station quickly hit the web with the fake “news” — the “first Indiana business to refuse to serve gay people after passage of a religious rights law.” It was a complete lie. But then rabid leftist editors at Huffington Post and BuzzFeed made the non-news an avalanche of anger towards the tiny Indiana eatery.
Then came an explosion of hate from anti-Christian and LGBT bigots nationwide. They trashed the pizzeria on Yelp. They made hundreds of death threats via phone, email, and Facebook. One Lesbian high school coach even tried to incite people to burn down the pizza shop.
That’s when Crystal went on Dana Loesch’s show on The Blaze, to tragically announce they had not only closed their doors, but even “gone into hiding” out of fear for their safety. It was a scene out of Stalinist Russia, an ugly, un-American lynch mob.
But then an amazing thing happened. A GoFundMe page was set up by Lawrence Jones, a contributor for “Dana.” And in less than 24 hours, over 10,000 people have donated more than $300,000 for the embattled Christian owners.
A wonderful gesture of solidarity with the O’Conners’ fundamental civil rights that were under assault.
But in the throng of donations was a single $20 contribution that is being called one of the “greatest things I’ve seen in years” and the epitome of “real tolerance.” — and brought owner O’Connor “tears of gratitude.”
A woman, who identified herself as Courtney Hoffman, wrote:
— Kris RC ✝ (@rc_kris) April 2, 2015
“As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business. I know many gay individuals who fully support your right to stand up for your beliefs and run your business according to those beliefs. We are outraged at the level of hate and intolerance that has been directed at you and I sincerely hope that you are able to rebuild.”
The reaction to her donation was overwhelmingly positive:
— KaliseN (@Kalisen_D) April 2, 2015
— #HandsOffMyGun (@CHOWSTL) April 2, 2015
— Goo T. Gwaba (@GooGwaba) April 2, 2015
We hope the Crystal O’Connor and her family will stand firm, and use the donations to keep their doors open for many years to come.