No Pizza For You

Indiana has suddenly become the latest front in the Culture War. As noted by Xetrov below, Indiana passed a Religious Freedom Act similar to the federal RFRA. However, the association of several rabid anti-gay activists with the bill has raised concerns that it will allow discrimination against gays (even though no RFRA in the country does that). Pence wants to clarify this in the bill. In a reasonable world, that clarification would pass and we’d move on.

But what’s the use of being reasonable? Tarring and feathering some poor sap is just so much more fun:

Someone please tell me if my progression here is inaccurate in any way:

1) Family owners of small-town Indiana pizzeria spend zero time or energy commenting on gay issues.

2) TV reporter from South Bend walks inside the pizzeria to ask the owners what they think of the controversial Religious Restoration Freedom Act. Owner Crystal O’Connor responds, “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no….We are a Christian establishment.” O’Connor also says—actually promises is the characterization here—that the establishment will continue to serve any gay or non-Christian person that walks through their door.

3) The Internet explodes with insults directed at the O’Connor family and its business, including a high school girls golf coach in Indiana who tweets “Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me?” Many of the enraged critics assert, inaccurately, that Memories Pizza discriminates against gay customers.

4) In the face of the backlash, the O’Connors close the pizzeria temporarily, and say they may never reopen, and in fact might leave the state. “I don’t know if we will reopen, or if we can, if it’s safe to reopen,” Crystal O’Connor tells The Blaze. “I’m just a little guy who had a little business that I probably don’t have anymore,” Kevin O’Connor tells the L.A. Times.

Yelp has been working overtime to delete shrieking negative reviews of the place. Conservatives have responded with a GoFundMe campaign that has, at present, raised over $100,000 to help out the pizzeria owners.

This is insane. All the owners of this establishment did was answer a reporter’s question honestly and they’re suddenly being hounded by the entire Left Wing Echosphere. It reminds me of something Clark wrote over at Popehat (I’ll link when their site is back up). The Culture War is basically over and the Left has won the field. Gays are out of the closet, sodomy laws are dead and gay marriage is legal in 39 states. Birth control is so available that the government will force your employer to buy it and the Republican compromise position is to make it available over the counter. Despite a spate of anti-abortion laws, we still have one of the most liberal abortion regimes on the planet.

And is the Left responding to this with joy and reconciliation? They are not. As Clark put it, they are going around the battlefield shooting the survivors of the losing side. They hounded Brendan Eich out of a job, they’re boycotting the entire state of Indiana and now they’re hounding some poor restaurant owners whose crime was not realizing a reporter was baiting them.

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  1. Iconoclast

    Early on, I predicted something similar, where people would be persecuted for their Christian beliefs.  I remember arguing with a guy called dwex over this very issue, and how he simply dismissed me as a “homophobe” who was “on the wrong side of history”.

    Well, here we are.  We now live in an intolerant liberal paradise where “knuckle-dragging” Christians can be hounded out of business just for their views.  Notice that Chrystal O’Conner explicitly states that they would not cater a gay wedding, but that they would still serve anyone who came through their door.

    That ain’t good enough for intolerant liberalism, apparently.  No, Christians should be forced to cater gay weddings or go out of business.  Or even leave the state entirely.

    Why can’t people just be left the fuck alone?  Why are so many liberals such in-your-face busybodies?

    CM, this is why I refer to “liberal fucks”, because so many liberals are simply fucks who won’t leave people alone, but feel compelled to show just how “tolerant” they are by causing harm to those who disagree with them.

    So go ahead and prance on in on your high horse and chide me for using the term, and chide all of us for being “extreme” and “hard right” and “unreasonable” while blithely ignoring the harm your fellow travelers are causing.

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  2. Hal_10000 *

    Sullivan used to write a lot about “the illiberal left” as he called them. I support SSM, I also support people being able to think it’s immoral and not want a part of it. A free country means it’s free for everyone.

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  3. CM

    CM, this is why I refer to “liberal fucks”, because so many liberals are simply fucks who won’t leave people alone, but feel compelled to show just how “tolerant” they are by causing harm to those who disagree with them.
    So go ahead and prance on in on your high horse and chide me for using the term, and chide all of us for being “extreme” and “hard right” and “unreasonable” while blithely ignoring the harm your fellow travelers are causing.

    My issue is the banal laziness of grouping everyone you don’t like together and assuming they all think the same (well there is an issue of ongoing pre-emptive fingers-stuck-in-ears dismissals, but that’s separate).

    My fellow travelers? How are these people anything to do with me? There is as much variation on the left as there is on the right. That’s even assuming I am on the left (socially and economically I’m certainly in different places).

    So yeah, that’s unreasonable. Just as it would be if it was reversed.

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  4. yabkpjo

    I really, really hope the O’Conners take this reporter or TV station/newspaper (basically whoever’s responsible for the 1st ‘Memories Pizza refuses to serve gays’ headline) to court for libel/defamation.  I don’t see much changing with our media unless specific outlets face consequences for their actions.

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  5. Hal_10000 *

    Popehat is back up.  Found the quote:

    http://popehat.com/2014/10/21/gamer-gate-three-stages-to-obit/

    The problem I have is that the blue alliance has been on a winning streak, and with recent Blue success in gay marriage,immigration of client populations, university-and-media roll-up, etc. I feel like the culture war is over and the victors are going around (metaphorically) humiliating and shooting survivors of the losing side, and conducting mop-up operations. Witness team Blue forcing bakers to bake cakes and forcing photographers to shoot photos for partnerships that they consider immoral. Witness blue team arguing that innocent people should go to jail for rape, because – and I’m quoting Ezra Klein here – we “need to create a world where men are afraid.” Red team men, I take that to mean. Football players. Frat boys. Not nice guys like Ezra.

     

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  6. Nexus

    I saw a lot of left wing criticism on Twitter this past weekend directed to Gofundme.com for hosting the page in support of the O’Connor’s. There was even a CBS reporter that reported the page as fraud. If I were a betting man I’d lay money on continued left wing pressure on sites like Gofundme to prevent such pages from happening in the future.

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  7. Iconoclast

    My issue is the banal laziness of grouping everyone you don’t like together and assuming they all think the same…

    I make no such assumptions.  But I do take all people who apparently think the same on a given issue and lump them together regarding that particular issue.  Not the same as what you’re accusing me of doing.

    “Liberal fucks” is a label that apply to people who happen to be both liberal and fucks.  If a given person fails to be one or the other, then the label simply doesn’t apply.  Perhaps you assume that I think all liberal are fucks because I happen to use that term, but that’s simply laziness on your part.

    …well there is an issue of ongoing pre-emptive fingers-stuck-in-ears dismissals, but that’s separate…

    A separate non sequitur, yes.

    My fellow travelers? How are these people anything to do with me?

    Twisted grammar aside, they don’t have to “have anything to do with you” to qualify as “fellow travelers”.  If you don’t share any common beliefs on the whole “gay rights” issue or on this particular law being discussed, then perhaps they are not your fellow travelers.  But I have yet to see any evidence to support that.

     

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