Indiana’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. There 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 people — any 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.