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

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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.”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB978ptaj3E

 

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Indiana Pizza Parlor That Won’t Cater Gay Weddings Gets $55,000 And Christian Martyr Status

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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THE GOP IS NOW THE QANON PARTY

FBI Warns Congress of More Possible QAnon Violence Targeting Democratic Lawmakers

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The FBI has briefed members of Congress that QAnon “digital soldiers” may become violent and engage in more acts of domestic violent extremism, like the January 6 insurrection. In an unclassified version of the threat assessment delivered to top lawmakers in April the Bureau warns that Democrats may be targeted.

Rather than walking away from the far right wing conspiracy movement that paints some top Democrats as part of a dark cabal of cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles being fought by Donald Trump, some QAnon cultists think “that individuals need to take greater control of the direction of the movement than before,” CNN reports in an exclusive.

The shift is fueled by a belief among some of the conspiracy’s more militant followers that they “can no longer ‘trust the plan” set forth by its mysterious standard-bearer, known simply as “Q,” according an unclassified FBI threat assessment on QAnon sent to lawmakers last week, which was obtained by CNN.

This might lead followers to seek to harm “perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition — instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” according to the assessment.

CNN also reports FBI Director Christopher Wray “made clear the bureau is not investigating” the QAnon movement, but only crimes committed by its adherents.

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‘House Is on Fire’: Liberals Message Justice Breyer in ‘Fantasy Land’ After McConnell Says He’ll Block Biden Nominee

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Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to block any Supreme Court nominee President Joe Biden should put forth if the GOP retakes the Senate next year, and now liberals are urging Justice Stephen Breyer to consider stepping down so Democrats can replace him instead of allowing Republican to create a 7-2 majority.

President Donald Trump, thanks to McConnell, was able to put three justices on the nation’s highest court, giving conservatives a 6-3 majority.

Justice Breyer, who is 82, was put on the court by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994. He was confirmed 87-9.

Here’s what some are saying:

 

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‘Endless Cycle of Republican Abuse of Power’: Legal Experts Blast McConnell for Planning to Block a Biden SCOTUS Pick

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U.S. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell kicked off the week by telling right wing radio host Hugh Hewitt that he is planning to block any U.S. Supreme Court nominee President Joe Biden makes if Republicans win back the Senate next year.

“Let me ask you, if you regain the majority in 2022 for the Republicans, and there’s a very good chance of that happening,” Hewitt posited, “would the rule that you applied in 2016 to the Scalia vacancy apply in 2024 to any vacancy that occurred then?”

McConnell responded by once again invoking happenstance as precedence.

“Well, I think in the middle of a presidential election, if you have a Senate of the opposite party of the president, you have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy was filled,” he said, not mentioning that none were actually blocked. “So I think it’s highly unlikely. In fact, no, I don’t think either party if it controlled, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election. What was different in 2020 was we were of the same party as the president.”

“And that’s why we went ahead with it,” McConnell added.

The U.S. Constitution says nothing about party control in the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee, and in fact the founders warned of the dangers of even having political parties.

During the interview Hewitt credited McConnell’s blocking of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to Donald Trump winning the 2016 election. Obama nominated then-Judge Merrick Garland 237 days before Election Day. McConnell bragged that blocking him is “the single most consequential thing I’ve done in my time as majority leader of the Senate.”

Legal experts are blasting McConnell.

“I’m not convinced a Republican-controlled Senate will ever confirm another Democratic president’s appeals court nominees, either,” says Slate staff writer on courts and the law, Mark Joseph Stern. “*Maybe* a tiny handful, but as a rule, Republicans will hold those seats open. They’ve all but admitted as much!”

Clinton White House official, Harvard-educated attorney, CNN political commentator Keith Boykin:

Legal Affairs Editor, Condé Nast Luke Zaleski:

National Security attorney Brad Moss:

Voting rights expert and contributing writer at The Nation Ari Berman:

Election law expert, Professor of Law and Political Science at UC Irvine Rick Hasen:

US Senator for Massachusetts Ed Markey:

 

 

 

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