Indiana’s Memories Pizza Slammed on Yelp for Anti-Gay Stance

Memories Pizza blasted on Yelp over owner taking anti-gay stance

Memories Pizza blasted on Yelp over owner taking anti-gay stance (Photo Credit: ABC 57 Video Screengrab)

Memories Pizza anti-gay stance

Crystal O’Connor, the owner of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., must have thought she was so astute when she publicly proclaimed her company would not serve pizza for gay weddings. That’s as though someone would serve pizza at a wedding. Well, Ms. O’Connor thought wrong. The family-owned business was blasted on Yelp.

Here are some of the reviews for Memories Pizza:

Anja A: “I really have to give the owner 5 stars for having the insanely audacious idea that any self-respecting gay person would order her pizza for their wedding. Prosciutto, manchego, and roasted fig flat-bread with a reduced balsamic drizzled artistically on top, maybe. But her slop? LOL. Apparently hate and delusions of grandeur are a perfect marriage!”

Jeff M: This establishment refuses service to people based on their sexual orientation. Jesus died for everyone, these people won’t make a pizza for people who are in love with people of the same sex. Owner claims he CHOSE to be straight which leads me to believe he really isn’t.

Rachel F: I had the single most horrific experience of my life! I wanted some pizza after my klan rally so of course it was memories pizza. I know we are supposed to be anonymous and all that but whatever! I ordered a nice hot and steamy not gay and extra mozzarella cause I only consume white cheese because it is the superior cheese. And resting on top of my pepperoni was a tooth! I was shocked, but relieved it was a white tooth. Apparently it belonged to the girl behind the counter.

I went to return it to her and she was making out with this woman and screaming it was a choice! It seems to me this restaurant has gone downhill. I plan to tell my klan friends about this and we will be eating our white cheese elsewhere!

Michael R: I can’t condem their food I can only condem their actions. Anyone who has anyone close to them in the LGBT community knows it is not a lifestyle choice. I know many people in the LGBT community and they are full of love and compassion, as we all should be.

I only wish for you and your family that you find in your life time the same love and compassion that my many friends have shown me. #PizzaHate #RemoveMikePence

Indiana Pizzeria Invokes Religious Freedom Law, No Pies for Gay Weddings

Indiana Pizzeria Invokes Religious Freedom Law, No Pies for Gay Weddings

Indiana Pizzeria Invokes Religious Freedom Law, No Pies for Gay Weddings

Religious Freedom Act

Gov. Mike Pence said that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act isn’t meant to encourage discrimination. Well, it does. A Walkertown pizzeria said it will discriminate against gays on the basis of this law. This begs the obvious question…who orders pizza for a wedding?

Memories Pizza owner Crystal O’Connor told local ABC News affiliate, “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. Though they are welcome to patronize the establishment for non-matrimonial events.

“I don’t think it’s discrimination,” O’Connor says. “It’s supposed to help people that have a religious belief.”

It will be interesting to see how Gov. Pence proposes to fix this law since he clearly stated he doesn’t think it will lead to discrimination. Memories Pizza is saying otherwise.

IN Gov. Mike Pence Says Religious Freedom Law Needs “Clarification”

IN Gov. Mike Pence Says Religious Freedom Law Needs "Clarification"

IN Gov. Mike Pence Says Religious Freedom Law Needs “Clarification” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Indiana religious freedom law

INDIANA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW:  Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said the religious freedom legislation that he signed in private needs “clarification” and a “fix” after outrage and protests erupt over perception that the LGBT community could face discrimination. Never mind the fact that Gov. Pence got support on the bill from three homophobic men.

Gov. Pence said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not a license to discriminate. He called on the general assembly to send him a bill this week with language fixing the “perception” problem the law he signed has.

The governor also said he and his family marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Rep. John Lewis to commemorate the Bloody Sunday. He maintained that he does not condone discrimination of any kind. Funny, on his campaign website in 2000 he said, “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s as a ‘discreet and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.” Kinda makes his “commitment” to equality for all ring hollow.

Pence said Indiana has passed a law that mirrors federal legislation the former president Bill Clinton signed and that mirrors that of other states. He says religious freedom is vital in our country. He also said Barack Obama supported the legislation in Congress, which had broad bipartisan support. The fact is he’s wrong. Both men didn’t support the same kind of legislation.

He blamed some in the media for “reckless” reporting of the law, but meanwhile he was flanked by anti-gay folks in a previous picture. Pence said he was hurt by the media’s portrayal of the law, which has hurt Indiana.

Pence said there is a “gross mischaracterization” of the law and “reckless” reporting in the first few days fueled the outrage.

Gov. Pence is missing the point….

Mike Pence’s talking points ignore the fact that his law has language that is not contained in the federal RFRA. For example, the Indiana act defines a “person” as including a “limited liability company, a corporation, a company, a firm, a society and a joint-stock company.” What that does is effectively grants companies a right to use religion as the basis for their actions.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during his press briefing on Tuesday, “It leaves open the question of what sort of religious views a joint stock company would hold, but that may be something for lawyers to ponder.”

Further, the federal RFRA says that a person whose religious exercise has been burdened “may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government.” The Indiana RFRA goes a step further, adding that a person (which could be a company), may use religion as a claim or defense in a proceeding “regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.”

So, what this all means is that a company can cite religion in a private lawsuit. If a bakery refuses to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because they disagree with their sexual orientation on the basis of religion, they could invoke the Indiana RFRA. That’s what Mike Pence and all the supporters of this bill are deliberately ignoring. So, going a step further…what’s next? Discriminating against blacks and Hispanics on the basis of religion?

What’s next for the right wingnuts?

Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act BS

Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act BS (Cartoon Credit: Joe Heller)

By the way, the same drama is about to play out in Arkansas, where they just passed similar legislation. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) also said he will sign the bill into law.

California AG Kamala Harris Seeks to Block “Kill the Gays” Ballot Initiative

California AG Kamala Harris Seeks to Block "Kill the Gays" Ballot Iniative

California AG Kamala Harris Seeks to Block “Kill the Gays” Ballot Iniative (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is seeking to block the “kill the gays” ballot initiative that authorizes the killing of gays and lesbians.

Matt McLaughlin, a Huntington Beach attorney, paid $200 to file the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” Harris, a U.S. Senate candidate issued her first public statement about Sodomite Suppression Act:

“As Attorney General of California, it is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States Constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians.  This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society. Today, I am filing an action for declaratory relief with the Court seeking judicial authorization for relief from the duty to prepare and issue the title and summary for the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” If the Court does not grant this relief, my office will be forced to issue a title and summary for a proposal that seeks to legalize discrimination and vigilantism.”

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Says No Court Has Right to Define Marriage

Alabama Judge Roy Moore Says No Court Has Right to Define Marriage

Alabama Judge Roy Moore Says No Court Has Right to Define Marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore doubled down on his position banning gay marriage saying no lower court has the right to define marriage during a contentious interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN. He said he “dissented” from the federal court’s ruling because it was “exactly like” Supreme Court rulings in Dred Scott and Plessy vs. Ferguson that upheld slavery and segregation. Moore said both decisions were wrong and should not have been followed by the states. So, he’s giving himself supreme powers to do as he pleases based on his views of the definition of marriage.

He is framing his disagreement with gay marriage on the grounds that these two decisions were wrong — blacks were property. Typical spin by white right wing evangelicals. Cuomo hit hard when he told Moore, “Our laws do not come from God, and you know that.” Same sex marriage licenses were issued in some counties in Alabama, while 50 judges followed Moore’s advice. Kinda like the mess that unfolded when Wallace balked at desegregation efforts in the 1960s.

Roy Moore dredging up the Dred Scott decision is a favorite ploy of same sex marriage opponents. During the CNN interview, he demanded to know if Cuomo would have ruled in accordance with the Dred Scott decision had he been a justice during that time. Cuomo slapped back, saying Moore was only trying to skirt his obligations by pushing them on others by dissenting. Justices were allowed to dissent on a decision they did not agree with.

Moore said gay marriage is an alteration of the word marriage and that no court has the right to alter the Constitution under the 10th Amendment. He said every person in the U.S. has the right to marry someone of the opposite sex. This reminds me of the dust-up he caused when he refused to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse.

Roy Moore said God gave us the definition of our rights for many centuries until recently, when gay marriage entered the fray. He said the question of the definition of marriage will be taken up by the Supreme Court in June.

The battle between Chris Cuomo and Roy Moore went on for 30 minutes before it ended with CNN losing its satellite connection with the chief judge. What Justice Moore has done was to ignore the court’s ruling based on his values. Um, wrong. But this is nothing new. He has a history of forcing his values on the rest of his state.

By the way, SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes American are ready for gay marriage. She said, “The changes in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous. In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us,” Bloomberg reports. Good, that should send Roy Moore on another 30 minute rant.

Watch sparks fly during Justice Roy Moore’s CNN interview:

Fox’s Shepard Smith: Some States that Fought Integration, Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

Fox's Shepard Smith: Some States that Fought Integration, Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

Fox’s Shepard Smith: Some States that Fought Integration, Fighting Same-Sex Marriage (Photo Credit: Google Maps)

Every now and then, someone of Fox News makes sense. Shepard Smith compared the states resisting same sex marriage in the U.S. to those states who wanted to keep segregation in tact in the U.S. during the Civil Rights Movement. This comes as the U.S. Supreme Court will hear four different cases challenging same-sex marriage in four different states — Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

Smith said, “Not in every case, but in most cases, the same states which were fighting integration are fighting this as well.”

“Those states which always seem to be behind the curve for reasons which are explainable and understandable. Those are the places where this is going to turn out to be the most difficult, especially if the Supreme Court stays with what has seemed to be a trend toward inclusion and away from discrimination.”

He addressed Wall Street Journal editor John Bussey’s comment that “there’s still disagreement on this issue within the American population, saying, “There’s still disagreement on segregation.”

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran Fired Over Inflammatory Anti-Gay Book

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran Fired Over Inflammatory Anti-Gay Book

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran Fired Over Inflammatory Anti-Gay Book (Photo Credit: 3 G Publishing)

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed fired Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran over inflammatory comments he made in a self-published book, entitled, “Who Tod You That You are Naked?” The book has been criticized by many as anti-gay and discriminatory.

Cochran was recently returned from suspension over the book.

Cochran’s book contained passages that referred to “uncleanness — whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion,” describing homosexuality among behaviors that are “vile, vulgar, and inappropriate” and “defile their body-temple and dishonor God.” Source: Think Progress

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Mayor Reed “said he decided to terminate Cochran not just because the fire chief didn’t consult him before publishing the book, but also spoke out about his suspension despite being told to remain quiet during the investigation into his leadership.”

“LGBT citizens deserve the right to express their beliefs regarding sexual orientation, and deserve to be respected for their positions without hate and discrimination,” he said. “But Christians also have the right to express their beliefs regarding sexual orientation and be respected for their position without hate and without discrimination. In the United States, no one should be vilified hated or discriminated against for expressing their beliefs.” Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kasim Reed also said “he believes Cochran opened up the city to the potential for litigation over future discrimination claims,” the AJC reports. There is no other way to say it, Kelvin Cochran used poor judgment by writing this book and continuing to spew venom despite being told to remain silent until the investigation was concluded. Another bad manager gets fired…..

MA Governor’s Daughter Katherine Patrick Engaged to Alisha Marie Lemieux

MA Governor's Daughter Katherine Patrick Engaged to Alisha Marie Lemieux

MA Governor’s Daughter Katherine Patrick Engaged to Alisha Marie Lemieux

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced that his daughter, Katherine Patrick, is engaged to marry her partner Alisha Marie Lemieux, of New Bedford.

Here’s the statement from Gov. Deval Patrick’s office:

The Governor and Mrs. Patrick joyfully announce the engagement of their daughter Katherine Wintersmith Patrick to Alisha Marie Lemieux of New Bedford.  Ms. Patrick is a graduate of Smith College and is studying for her doctorate in psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.  Ms. Lemieux is studying for her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Mills College in Oakland, California.  The couple reside in the Bay Area.

[Photo Credit: Office of Gov. Deval Patrick]



Bryan Fischer: Anti-Gay Activists Need to “Reclaim the Word Discrimination”

Bryan Fischer: Anti-Gay Activists Need to "Reclaim the Word Discrimination"

Bryan Fischer: Anti-Gay Activists Need to “Reclaim the Word Discrimination”

Evangelical wingnut Bryan Fischer says anti-gay activists need to “reclaim the word discrimination.” Adding, “I suppose, like they need to reclaim rainbows. In other words, the American Family Association’s director believes discrimination is a good thing:

 Discrimination, when it comes to sexual behavior is not bad, it is good, and it is necessary. The alternative is utter social chaos. So [it’s] time, ladies and gentlemen, to reclaim the discrimination word when it comes to sexual matters. It’s not bad; it’s good. It’s a virtue and it’s necessary.

He also adds:

Discrimination is not a bad word. The left has turned discrimination into a bad word.

Never mind the fact that the America has a dark past of slavery and racial discrimination, of which the latter is still occurring, albeit with less frequency. I would venture to say, the word Bryan Fischer needs to reclaim is shame.

‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Phil Robertson to Speak at Republican Leadership Conference

'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch Phil Robertson to Speak at Republican Leadership Conference

‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Phil Robertson to Speak at Republican Leadership Conference

Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is set to speak at the Republican Leadership Conference on Thursday. Um, so much for that more inclusive GOP that RNC chief Reince Priebus talked about.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to speak at the conference as well, but don’t bet on him being insulted to be on the same stage with Robertson.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he said in the interview. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

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