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  • 'God Has Blessed Us For Standing Up': Indiana Pizza Shop Gets $500,000 In Donations (Video)

    The owners of an Indiana pizza parlor who say they can't cater same-sex weddings are thanking God for the half-million dollars in donations they've received.

    After a local Indiana news station aired an interview with Crystal O'Connor and her father Kevin, the Memories Pizza owners closed their doors to avoid the attacks they say they were receiving. The family said they welcome gay people into their restaurant, but couldn't cater a same-sex wedding, and supported Gov. Mike Pence's anti-gay "religious freedom" law.

    Negative comments on social media, ugly images and remarks on the restaurant's Yelp and Facebook pages, one person on Twitter suggesting arson, and claims of death threats all quickly plagued the small eatery.

    On Wednesday night Crystal went on a Glenn Beck TV show during which right wing activist Dana Loesch revealed her team had set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations. Less than 48 hours later, that fund has grown to over a half-million dollars.

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    O'Connor appeared on Fox News Business Thursday evening, telling host Neil Cavuto she and her father feel blessed for the donations, which at that point were just over $200,000.

    "God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe, and not denying Him," she told him.

    Crystal says she and her father "don't hate gays," they merely feel they cannot participate in or condone a same-sex wedding, because of their religious beliefs.

    UPDATE: Fundraiser For Indiana Pizza Shop Owners Abruptly Ends After Reaching Nearly $850,000

    And she asked the LGBT community to respect her beliefs as she respects theirs.

    "All we can do is pray for them, and truly, we're not really angry at them. We're sad for them. Very sad."

    When asked, she told Cavuto she doesn't really have gay friends, except "down the friend line" she knows of gay people.

    She says she's asking for mutual acceptance from the LGBT community.

    "We have to accept them, and we just ask they accept us."

    Watch:

     

    Related:

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    Closed: Indiana Pizza Parlor That Won't Cater Same-Sex Weddings Because, Jesus

    Indiana Restaurant Owners First To Publicly Announce Support Of Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Law

     

    Images: Screenshots via YouTube and GoFundMe

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    • commented 2015-11-14 21:50:03 -0500
      My question is: What did these fine Christian folks do with over $500,000? Did they feed the poor? Help the homeless? Or shove it in their pockets?

    • commented 2015-04-13 21:05:04 -0400
      Unless you question every couple who want you to serve pizza (LOL RIGHT…..and I guess you’d serve twinkies for desert) at their wedding if the bride is still a virgin, if they have any tattoos, etc, you’re not being a Christian…you’re being a fucking bigot.

    • commented 2015-04-08 13:35:01 -0400
      Sweet scam on the right We on the left are to smart to fall for this. We do not take marching orders from some fat pill head He said “So many things today are topsy turvey. What used to be wrong is now right and what used to be right is now wrong” yes like the Klan separate bathrooms and fountains seats on the bus bet if he was in Alabama on that day he would be holding a fire hose. It is called progress

    • commented 2015-04-08 08:39:17 -0400
      I agree there was nothing in this but a bunch of Bigot getting together and raising money but I will stand up and say anyone who condemns her believes or says there is no God is wrong. In saying these things were are hurting ourselves and making ourselves no better than her!

    • commented 2015-04-07 20:00:12 -0400
      God did nothing and can do nothing because he is a myth. It was a bunch of other mythologically-hobbled, brain-dead bigots who sent you money.

    • commented 2015-04-06 17:54:28 -0400
      God did nothing, because God is either not there or just doesn’t care about this. People did this. SICK, mentally disturbed people did this. Let there be no mistake about the facts here.


    • commented 2015-04-05 11:06:54 -0400
      Lady, god didn’t do squat. Your fellow bigots all jumped on the bandwagon and sent you money (this is called the Internet). Too bad you won’t be able to sell your business for any realistic amount of money. Your million dollars can’t keep your business afloat. “God” is about to destroy your family financially in the next few years, unless you’re smart enough to dump it and move on. I’m gonna guess the odds aren’t good on that.

      Also…refusing to cater a gay wedding, if you’ve ever catered a straight wedding is discrimination just the same as not serving someone that walks in the door. Not that any gay couple wants your shitty hate pizza at the most important day of their lives anyway. Happy zombie Jesus day, bitch.

    • commented 2015-04-05 09:36:24 -0400
      it wont matter, the money will run out and they wont be able to give their crap away

    • commented 2015-04-05 08:49:30 -0400
      THEY ARE FOOLS TO THINK GOD HAS BLESSED THEM WHEN ALL GOD PREACHES IS LOVE REMEMBER HE SAID WHAT SO EVER U DO TO THE LEAST OF MINE SO I SHALL DO TO YOU, REMEMBER CHRIST TELLING MAN TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER? HE ALSO TELLS MAN NOT TO JUDGE ANYONE OR THEIR JUDGEMENT WILL BE WORSE FROM HIM. NO GOD IS A LOVING CARING GOD THEY ARE BEING OOLED BY SATAN HIMSELF AND THESE PEOPLE HAVE SOLD THEIR SOULS TO SATAN, THEIR WILL BE NO JOY COME FROM SATANS BLOOD MONEY.

    • commented 2015-04-05 04:25:20 -0400
      What a scam and it base on Christian Belief. This proves people will do or say whatever to make a dollar. This pizza should be shut down and the owners taken to court.

    • commented 2015-04-04 22:49:42 -0400
      What she said makes perfect sense you know. You can choose not endorse or not to participate in a person’s actions without judgement or hate. I’am as liberal as they come but on this issue one has to call it like it is. She clearly stated that she’d serve them in her store but feels that catering their wedding is putting her stamp of approval on it. The GLBT can’t ask or force her to do that no more than ask them to date heterosexually. This whole debate is going from one pole to another and it doesn’t have to. The middle ground would be for her to say “I don’t feel comfortable doing that” and the GLBT community to say “Cool. We’ll find someone who will.” This doesn’t even have to be a story as far as I’m concerned.

    • commented 2015-04-04 20:34:36 -0400
      Ignorance is running rampit!! How can you say you don’t mind the person but you mind the action!? That makes no sense and makes you look like the dumbest person on earth! I am catholic but as a human I believe in human right! The bible speaks on many things but the one thing that remains a constant is thou shall not cast judgment! I will never judge ones rights over another because of sex, creed, religion, or race! If you are homosexual then that is your right and you should be able to assert those rights just like any other human being. This woman’s business as a whole sounds ignorant and backwoods. I feel as though this is the governments way of setting us back years of progress because they are allowing discrimination and segregation to happen. This is horrible and an abomination of humanity to see that not only are they allowed to continue to do this but civilization as a whole is funding them to do it! I guess it is a safe assumption that education is lacking in society today. Why don’t we start educating those of an ignorant nature about love, true religion (whatever their religion may be), human rights, and social interaction before feeding monetary donations for blindness to all of this! #retractgofundmedonations #memoriespizza

    • commented 2015-04-04 19:02:53 -0400
      I find it interesting that EVERY donor I see in the first couple hundred is anonymous on that campaign. So telling. Happy to support hate yet not willing to show your face out in the open. Seems people aren’t as proud to “stand in the gap” with this business as they claim to be. Hiding behind anonymity.

    • commented 2015-04-04 18:45:13 -0400
      I guess they won’t need to run their pizza shop anymore. I think I’ll become a homophobe. I pays better than a lifetime of work.

    • commented 2015-04-04 18:37:55 -0400
      If you accept this money, see you in hell.. Judgy fuckers.. A piece of your own medicine in several translations just in case you don’t get it the first time..

      http://biblehub.com/luke/6-37.htm

    • commented 2015-04-04 18:34:03 -0400
      Like a very many Christians, This poor women has fallen, as they say.
      To be able to tell the difference between the saved and the fallen one can always use the Golden Rule.
      The Golden Rule was understood before organized religions among cultures in diverse regions of the world. It was co opted by all the worlds religions. Yet none follow it.
      The Golden Rule is " Do not to do to others, what you do not wish done to you".
      The inability of a person to respect another is what the Golden Rule is all about.
      It should also be noted how easy it is to tell who is saved and who isn’t among Christians by remembering that the "Rich can never enter the gates of heaven, anymore than a camel can pass through the eye of a needle’. < It’s in the bible no wiggle room at all.
      These people are scared and lost. They need our compassion yet we are to wary of them till they see the light.

    • commented 2015-04-04 18:08:21 -0400
      When you’re in Indiana how good could the pizza be anyway?? http://wsautter.com/read-save-walts-books-ipad

    • commented 2015-04-04 17:34:48 -0400
      i don’t think she knows to wash her hands after using the bathroom.

    • commented 2015-04-04 15:50:22 -0400
      This young lady looks (and soinds) like she’s suffering from too much inbreeding.

    • commented 2015-04-04 15:04:07 -0400
      This goes against EVERYTHING Jesus stood for! He hung out with the drunks, the prostitutes, the gamblers, the tax collectors, and everybody else the religious people wanted nothing to do with. And that’s why He is God and the religious people are not!

    • commented 2015-04-04 14:47:11 -0400
      I’ll just point this out…YOUR Jesus hung out with 12 dudes and a whore. He didn’t judge them, he loved them. He didn’t tell them he could not have supper with him, he invited them all. You could take a lesson from this man you claim to wish to emulate and stop acting like asses.

    • commented 2015-04-04 14:43:30 -0400
      God surly didn’t bless her with looks, maybe thats why she is ugly inside and out!

    • commented 2015-04-04 14:01:54 -0400
      It’s so disheartening that this person gained s ton of money from all over he country for being being discriminatory when I created a campaign to fund a startup only days earlier that would serve everybody’s wedding and special event (GoFundMe.com/chicagoeventpics) without bias. Something doesn’t seem right.

    • commented 2015-04-04 13:59:28 -0400
      ANI CROTOPHAGA

      - and refusing supply to a disliked minority somehow ISN’T bullying?

      I don’t condone hate mail or death threats to this pizza shop, if indeed there were any, and we’ve not been shown even ONE, and what’s more, I’ve never made one. However I have RECEIVED death threats over the phone from strangers who hate gays. After i had the calls traced, and they were arrested in the middle of making such a call from a phone box, it turned out they were kids from religious homes. They were duly charged and convicted. I felt sorry about that, because I knew these kids had been taught by their parents to disrespect LGBT minorities and they thought they were doing “God’s work”, just as ISIS do.

      Christians say that gay people shouldn’t be gay, that we should be converted to being heterosexual, and join their church. They say they can “pray away the gay” with Conversion Therapy to turn us into a type of person their god would find acceptable. This has been roundly condemned by health professionals the world over, and is provably fraudulent and ineffective, par for the course with evangelical homophobes.

      Christian parents make their LGBT kids homeless at 8x the rate of all other parents who add to America’s homeless footprint of 2.6 million kids, kicking them out from age 11 upwards. 40% of these are LGBT children.

      We must be reading from a different dictionary if you think all the above isn’t bullying by Christians. No-one is entitled to post abusive messages or death threats to anyone, let alone the Christian pizzeria, but we are entitled to defend ourselves.

    • commented 2015-04-04 13:39:54 -0400
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I bet the gaygenda wasn’t anticipating this when they and the internet decided that they were going to bully these people.
      I am 100% opposed to this and any such laws, but when you start to bully people like this… I can’t help but feel happy for them when it backfires.

    • commented 2015-04-04 13:22:18 -0400
      I think it was blessing from God, but not for her…for the rest of us. Even God wants her to STFU, take the cash and vanish.

    • commented 2015-04-04 13:13:05 -0400
      CARY HOWARD

      I agree with all that, but if she got nearly a million dollars from Christian wellwishers, doesn’t that suggest a majority of people are actually applauding her for turning away disliked minorities like LGBT, because of her selective “deeply held religious belief”?

    • commented 2015-04-04 13:09:35 -0400
      Well she may have gotten a lot of money, but that will not change how people look at her…She still has to show her face in public, or move to another location. This will follow her for the rest of her life, and I truly hope it haunts her as well. Does she think money will change the fact that she is a horrible person? IF she is such a good christian, will all that money be going to charity? OR will it be used for her own selfish benefit?

    • commented 2015-04-04 12:04:31 -0400
      These people epitomize poor white trash. That money is not going to charity, nearly half will go to taxes, they’ll by a house and a couple of cars, entertain some new "friends " and 2 years from now they’ll be broke and back working minimum wage jobs. Poor people are notoriously poor at managing found money and the sad former owners of Memories Pizza will be no different.

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