Memories Pizza, in the small town of Walkerton Indiana (population 2,144) has been owned and operated by the O'Connor family of Walkerton for nine years. Then, on Tuesday 31 March, a reporter from ABC 57 – with an agenda – visited the shop to interview Crystal O'Connor, daughter of the owner Kevin O'Connor. Ostensibly the interview was on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence last week.
In the course of the interview, the reporter asked Crystal if Memories Pizza would cater a queer wedding – a question which has nothing to do with the RFRA. Crystal's response was, “If a gay couple was to come and they wanted us to bring pizzas to their wedding, we’d have to say no.” The reporter then twisted this response into a report that "Indiana Restaurant Refuses Service To Gays."
The result has been demonstrations, death and arson threats against the O'Connors, the family going into hiding, and the – at least for now – closure of their restaurant.
This reporter searched out a Christian establishment and deliberately baited a young girl with a hypothetical question in order to get a response she could twist into something it never was.
While this un-news story purports to be about "discrimination," there was no incident of discrimination here. No one was refused service. And since this girl's response would have been the same before the RFRA was signed into law, this non-story is not even about the RFRA.
But it was never the reporter's intent to report the news. It was her intent to create an artificial situation to stimulate hatred against a Christian establishment. And this is precisely the sort of hate manufacturing that the RFRA is designed to prevent.
The Misinformation Stoking Media (MSM) has presented us with a perfectly sculpted example of why the RFRA should be not only vigorously defended but relentlessly enforced.
The irony is that this reporter is using the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press to suppress the First Amendment right of free expression of religion. The First Amendment must be consistently applied, to protect not only the press, but to protect the freedom of the People to speak and to practice their religion without persecution by the press.
The agenda of this reporter and of the Managed State Media (MSM) she represents is clearly to terrorize Christians and any other elements in our society who might resist fiats imposed by the Washington Fascist regime. They have no real concern for the less than 2% of the population who are queer. Nor do they harbor any animosity toward Christians. Queer marriage is a red herring, designed to effect the virtual suspension of the First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom to petition the government.
But they will fail in this endeavor, because they are on the wrong side of mainstream America. Contributions and support for the O'Connors have been pouring in. Glen Beck's TheBlaze set up a GoFundMe account for Memories Pizza that in the first three hours had raised $26,000 to support the O'Connor family in their struggle against government oppression.
The GoFundMe page is http://www.gofundme.com/MemoriesPizza