Yesterday, owners of an Indiana pizzeria told their local news station that they would never cater a gay wedding because of their christian values. They immediately started receiving online threats, and were forced to close their business because of this. However, what happened next surprised even us.
In less than 24 hours, over 8,000 people have donated more than $445,000 to the owners of Memories Pizzeria in Walkerton, Indiana. A Go Fund Me page was set up for the business by Lawrence Jones, a contributor for The Blaze who believes strongly in the freedom of religion.
Despite all the huge donations, it’s a $20 gift that has everyone talking. A young lesbian named Courtney Hoffman donated this amount to the pizzeria, and offered an inspiring message as to why she decided to.
“As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business. I know many gay individuals who fully support your right to stand up for your beliefs and run your business according to those beliefs. We are outraged at the level of hate and intolerance that has been directed at you and I sincerely hope that you are able to rebuild.”
Courtney wasn’t the only gay person to donate to this cause. Later in the day, a gay man named Buz Smith donated $250 and offered a similarly epic message.
The actions of Buz and Courtney are the epitome of “real tolerance.” This isn’t really about gay marriage anymore: it’s about freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Small business owners should be allowed to cater to whatever customers they want, without fear of being shut down for their religious beliefs.
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