Update: As of today, April 3 at 6 pm EST, Memories Pizza finds themselves with $500,000 raised in support of their business. It seems that the average American has a lot more sympathy for these guys than for the gay activists. Who don't need to raise any money for anything ever, because they have big money behind them - lots of Hollywood stars, Angie's List, to name a few.
The situation that Memories Pizza has found themselves in troubles me and I have incredible sympathy for the owners.
To summarize the story in case you haven't heard it, a gay activist came in and posed the hypothetical question to the daughter of the owner. She was working in the pizza store at the time. It is a family- owned business and not a franchise operation. The question was would they cater pizza for a gay wedding?
She replied that they were happy to sell pizzas to anyone who wanted them, but that they could not cater a gay wedding because they were Christians and could not comply with that request.
Of course, it was all a set-up. Who has heard of anyone wanting pizza for their wedding? This was done to badger and harass a business owner who was known to be Christian in order to advance the gay agenda in the state of Colorado. And they did this because the governor signed legislation to protect the religious freedom of business owners. He has since backed down from the legislation and is rewording it, all because of the pressure exerted by homosexual activists.
If you google Memories Pizza, the first link that comes up is an image of two naked men, they have taken their perverse ideology and have not only forced the pizza shop to close, but now the business owner's reputation has been maligned. A completely innocent person and his family are suffering at the hands of those who are demanding tolerance for their lifestyle.
This has gone way too far.
Having been a small business owner myself, I feel this one acutely. I ran a dressmaking business in the late 80's and 90's and I recall an inquiry from a young man requesting me to make a dress. I thought I had misheard him and asked him what he had said. He then asked "would you make a dress for a man?" This was a completely new to me, and I was a little taken aback. I simply said no. And he hung up.
But if that were to happen today, I am sure that I would be sued for refusing to take that order.
When one group can push individuals out of business because of their demand for a certain product, we have to stand up and push back. There are plenty of business owners who would comply with such a request. So when someone picks on one individual and demands that they do this, and then follows through with legal action if they don't, this is oppression. They can easily get what they want somewhere else. What they are trying to do is to push Christians out of the market place. And they are doing that precisely because they want to push Christianity into the fringes and have everyone believe that it is Christianity that is intolerant. They cannot stand to have Christianity around because it alone makes moral demands upon people. They cannot have that morality anywhere near them.
The truth is that these aggressive individuals are trying to get complete affirmation of their lifestyle from society as a whole. They are tolerated; they can do what they want in their private lives; they can marry each other and do whatever they want. But that is not enough for them. They want everyone to approve of their values and their choices. Tolerance is not enough for them; they have to have their lifestyle glorified.
It must be guilt that does this. Why else would they be so strident in their demands?
Whatever drives them to do this, Christians must stand up and refuse to be pushed around. The vast majority of people believe in Christian values; it is not the other way around. But we have been cowed by the aggression of these folks and they have brought the power of the state to bear so that now we fear for our families and our own lives if we don't agree with them.
Enough is enough. If you are so tolerant, then give others their breathing space. God knows, we have given you yours.
A good read by Gerard Nadal on his blog
Meditating on these past events this week, and watching the drama of religious liberties play out on the national stage this week, it has become evident that Church today resembles the Church at 5 AM on Good Friday. It is a church at low ebb, with the successors of the Apostles as mute and bewildered as the men they succeed were when the gates of Hell were unleashed on the world, when all of the goodness that had gone on for the past three years seemed to be swallowed up in a demonic cataclysm.
Meanwhile, the plight of so many Catholic business owners is that of Peter at the fire on Holy Thursday night, being sniffed out as “One of his followers,” taunted into denying Him. Credit those businesses who have not denied him and been handed their own crosses as a consequence.
Weep for the bishops who have locked themselves away in fear of the crowd, who have abandoned their sheep at the darkest hour.
I am reminded of a saying of Cardinal Francis George:
"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history."
Let's hope we have a few brave clergy who will fulfill this prophecy.