An Indiana family-owned pizza restaurant says they’ve had to close down after telling reporters they support Gov. Pence’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law.
TheÂ O’Connor family in Walkerton, Indiana last night told reporters they would never refuse to serve gay people, but they could never cater a same-sex wedding. The owners of Memories Pizza for nine years, the O’Connors have religious images and ornaments lining the pizza parlor’s walls and cash register stand.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal O’Connor toldÂ ABC 57 News. “We are a Christian establishment.”
She says she fully supports Governor Pence’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, despite the firestorm surrounding the new law.
“I do not think it’s targeting gays. I don’t think it’s discrimination,” O’Connor said. “It’s supposed to help people that have a religious belief.”
Almost immediately, the restaurant’s Yelp page and Facebook page were flooded with negative reviews.Â
It’s gotten so bad that Kevin O’Connor says he’s closing Memories Pizza, until things quiet down.
“Kevin Oâ€™Connor tells TMZ he’s had to temporarily close his business after he told a reporter he would refuse to cater a gay wedding under Indiana’s newÂ Religious Freedom Restoration Act. O’Connor says he was immediately flooded by threatening phone calls, and social media posting,” TMZ reports, adding, “he’s closing his pizza joint … at least until the dust settles.”
O’Connor earlier today told the Daily Beast, “I donâ€™t have a problem with gay people, I do not condone gay marriage and thatâ€™s what I said.”
â€œI donâ€™t turn anybody away from the store, I donâ€™t have a problem with gay people. I just donâ€™t condone the marriage.â€
Oâ€™Connor said heâ€™s never been asked to cater a wedding, and that the response was hypothetical in response to questions posed by the news crew.Â
â€œItâ€™s hard to speak when things get taken so out of context and this thing goes sky high and just blows everything up,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ve got a family to think about, too.â€
â€œI mean, we donâ€™t believe in murder. I also donâ€™t believe in abortion,â€ he said when asked about other events he would feel conflicted about providing services for. When asked about pizza for weddings with divorced couples, Oâ€™Connor paused.
â€œYou know, thatâ€™s something that I donâ€™t have figured out in my own mind yet,â€ he said. â€œBecause Iâ€™m divorced. So thatâ€™s something I donâ€™t have figured out.â€
He’ll be talking with Dana Loesch, a right wing activist at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, at 6:00 PM EST this evening.Â
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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police
A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.
“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”
“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.
There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.
“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”
This is a breaking news and developing story.
#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave
Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.
Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.
Everything that needed to be done was done to fix the power grid in Texas.
Today, I signed bills into LAW to reform ERCOT & weatherize & improve the reliability of the state’s power grid.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 8, 2021
On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.
In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.
“If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.”
BREAKING: ERCOT is now asking people to conserve electricity through Friday, saying there are a significant number of power plants offline and expecting possible record use for June. pic.twitter.com/zWZkf0bkPq
— Matt Largey (@mattlargey) June 14, 2021
Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.
— Heather (TX) 🇺🇸 (@hka003) June 14, 2021
Thanks to @GovAbbott, on one of the first hot days, we’re already being told to conserve electricity.
They didn’t FIX the grid because they were too busy legislating women’s vaginas & stopping POC from voting.
VOTE @GregAbbott_TX out in 2022 to save TEXAS!!! #AbbottFailedTexas https://t.co/a97aR7DO2u
— Kelly ツ (@kellwoohoo) June 14, 2021
So now ERCOT ‘CAN’T HANDLE COLD OR HEAT’. Someone should check the flight logs to Cancun bc I’m sure Cruz is already on his way there. And fuck Abbott too #AbbottFailedTexas
— Amelia (@agerson24) June 14, 2021
…are you FREAKING KIDDING ME, Texas?!
ERCOT: Our grid wasn’t built for temperatures this cold!!!
ERCOT: uhm….it’s too hot! How could we ever have anticipated this! https://t.co/vlqcXW6wUN
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) June 14, 2021
— KiKi ♡✌🇺🇸🌊👑💙📣 (@KLoYo77) June 14, 2021
What could go possibly wrong with a combination of Texas’s summer power outages and its new conceal-carry for all law?#AbbottFailedTexas
— Truth Integrity Logic Fully Vaccinated (@LogicIntegrity) June 14, 2021
ERCOT has issued a new warning to Cancun that Ted Cruz might be back sooner than expected.
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) June 14, 2021
If you listen closely, you can hear Ted Cruz booking a flight to Cancun https://t.co/gmPLkaeMXi
— Nunca Trumpismo (@NeverTrumpTexan) June 14, 2021
— Rachel (@Rachelmoor29) June 14, 2021
— ₚₒₗᵢₜᵢcₐₗ ⱼₒᵢₙₜ™ (@PoliticalJoint) June 14, 2021
We need Beto.
While Abbott prattles on about a bloody wall, we need our grid repaired now. This is going to a long, hot summer.
— ToutdeSuiteLaSinner (@ToutSuiteSinner) June 14, 2021
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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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