Islamic State gay executionIndiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is front page news across the nation. With one swift stroke the of the pen, Governor Mike Pence guaranteed that Republicans from now until election day 2016 will get bizarre questions about whether or not pizzerias should cater gay weddings. A big reason for that is because it’s much easier to bludgeon small town Christian business owners than it is to confront the Islamic State group, which throws gay men off tall buildings and litters the concrete with their corpses like pizza toppings. For those who haven’t been following America’s transformation into a politically correct police state, a local ABC affiliate went around Indiana looking for small businesses that would refuse services for gay wedding ceremonies. The station reported March 31:

A small-town pizza shop is saying they agree with Governor Pence and the signing of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The O’Connor family, who owns Memories Pizza, says they have a right to believe in their religion and protect those ideals. “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” says Crystal O’Connor of Memories Pizza. She and her family are standing firm in their beliefs. The O’Connors have owned Memories Pizza in Walkerton for 9 years. … The O’Connor family told ABC 57 news that if a gay couple or a couple belonging to another religion came in to the restaurant to eat, they would never deny them service. The O’Connors say they just don’t agree with gay marriages and wouldn’t cater them if asked to.

The story was picked up by various media outlets, which then resulted in a barrage of negative reviews and nasty images on the company’s Yelp page. The reaction to this small town business begs the question: Did the local ABC affiliate go to any mosques in Indiana to get comment on the law? Did they find any Islamic wedding photographers or florists? Were there no black barbershops in Indiana where a local ABC reporter could ask a few questions about gay marriage? Objective people know the answer to that question: not likely. In the U.S., all efforts must be made to sell white Christians as bigoted and hateful souls, even if the only evidence is that a small business wouldn’t take part in a gay wedding ceremony. Memories PizzaThere are no reporters trying to track down American Muslims who react to Vice News articles on Islamic State’s gay executions with an indifferent shrug. If they did that, then the politically correct narrative would fall apart. If they did that, then Americans would have to engage in some uncomfortable conversations about immigration, foreign policy, the huge differences between Christianity and Islam, etc. It’s much easier to find rural Americans who can be drowned in lawsuits and social media shaming until they scream “uncle” or go out of business. Here is what I said in January 2014 in regards to a baker in Oregon who did not want to render services for a gay wedding:

If I owned a bakery and I had a competitor who didn’t like gay people, minorities, Muslims, Asians, white peopleany group that has a population of cake eaters among its ranks — I would make a lot of cash. I would serve all of those groups tasty cakes like they’ve never tasted before and they would return to ‘Dough Ernst’s’ for all their confectionery needs. And then I would say: “God bless the free market!”

If my wife and I walked into a bakery and the owner said, “Sorry, we don’t serve interracial couples,” I’d say, “Awesome. Thanks, jerk.” I’d walk out the door, find another bakery, and then I’d spread the word that ‘Bakery X’ doesn’t take kindly to our willingness to “dilute” our races (or whatever it is that a bigot baker would say).

The mature thing to do when you disagree with a business is to go elsewhere. The immature thing to do is to go on Yelp to post pictures of gay porn, transvestites, and Hitler in an attempt to lash out with (ironically) as much hate and invective as possible. Christians like the O’Connor family turn the other cheek. Members of Islamic State chop off heads. Deep down, online bullies know this, which is why their bravery ends when they run up against individuals who might be an editor of the Islamic State group’s U.S. kill list.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

10 comments

    1. Hello, I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while now but haven’t commented before. Thought I would chime in now since this issue hits close to home for me as an Indiana resident. I am also a college student here, so I have seen plenty of vitriol myself on the very liberal campus I attend. I agree whole-heartedly that these people are bullies; despite their self-proclaimed “tolerance” and “progressive” mindset, they become as malicious and hateful as possible towards Christians (or anyone else for that matter) that have opposing views. What really baffles me is that some opponents of the RFRA are saying things like, “so much for separation of church and state!” However, they want the government to force Christians to act against their beliefs and force the church to go against its own doctrine. It sounds like they do want government interference in religious expression, as long as it’s the kind of interference they want. All the while they come to the defense of Islam, which as you clearly articulated here, has an outright hatred of gay people. It’s baffling.

      Keep up the great work on here! I always enjoy reading your posts, and I’ll have to comment more in the future. 🙂

    2. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Grant. I really appreciate it. It’s always a cool feeling when someone says, “Hey, I haven’t commented before, but I’ve been reading for a while.”

      We’ve all acted like a bully at one time in our life, but most people a.) don’t make a habit of it, or b.) grow out of it. These individuals who are harassing and threatening the O’Conner family are clearly acting like bullies and should be called out. Like you said, they also want to use the biggest bully of them all — the federal government — to wield its power to force small business owners to act against their religious beliefs. This family said they would have no problem serving pizza to gay couples, but would have a problem taking part in a ceremony that they believe violates their principles. And because of that they’re suddenly public enemy number one? Ridiculous.

      I mentioned this in another thread long ago, but when I traveled to Greece I was denied entry into a restaurant because I was an American. This was in 1998. I didn’t throw a temper tantrum — I just never went back to Greece. Haha. 🙂 That’s the free market at work. It’s incredibly scary to me how mere disagreements on public policy are now used as an excuse to try and destroy a man’s business, family, and reputation. We’re living in strange times.

      Anyway, thanks again for reading, Grant. I hope to see you in the comments section again. The college campus can be a lonely place for a young conservative, but you’re never alone. If you ever need an ear, I’m here.

  1. The free market system is a great thing, as you said if you don’t like it don’t go there. This mentality opens new opportunities for some, let the market sort itself out.

  2. The TV station went to a pizza restaurant to ask them about the RFRA, and to put them on the spot re: the controversy. A pizza shop. Evidently, the reporters failed to find a bakery or wedding photographer or florist who refused to cater gay weddings. (And, of course, forget about interviewing Muslim business owners.)

    Have you ever hired a pizza shop to cater a wedding (whether gay or heterosexual)? Have you ever attended a wedding or reception where pizza was served? AFAIK, no one had ever asked Memories Pizza to cater a wedding of any kind.

    What’s next? Maybe that TV station could visit a shoe store and ask about their views on abortion.

    And it’s very convenient that this controversy comes at the right time to crowd more important stories out of the headlines. It provides a decoy to divert attention from Obama’s “peace for our time” nuclear deal with Iran, and from Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

  3. Tweet I saw today:
    If a Christian doesn’t cater a gay wedding, he’s a bigot.
    If a Muslim doesn’t cater a gay wedding, you’re a bigot.

  4. So with all the outrage at the pizza parlor and the demand for gay rights to service, two gay men walk into Surrogates R Us to hire a woman to have their baby. She denies them based on her beliefs. Since she denied them service, under the new framework can the State compel her to have the baby or prosecute her for refusing service? Since religious rights are fast becoming extinct, I wonder where all the moon bats would come down on this one: women’s rights vs gay rights.

  5. Ron Marz is now all mad because people are donating to the pizza shop. If you take a stand against anything he does not agree with he does not take it well.

    1. I’ll have to check out some of his tweets. I always get a laugh at how steeped he is in his own ideological Kool-Aid.

      If he’s upset at the fundraising drive, then maybe he should take out his frustration on the woman who threatened to burn down the restaurant, the people who were calling in death threats, the people who were filling up the family’s Yelp page with gay porn covers, etc.

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