Kevin O’Connor and his daughter own Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana. They were the first to say they would use Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act to legitimize their refusal to cater a gay wedding. Not that anyone asked them to do so–pizza at your wedding is so 2014; they just wanted to get ahead of the curve.
Indiana’s RFRA has since been revised, and as of this writing, Memories was forced to close because of all the negative press it received, though a fund to help the O’Connors has raised over $800K to dates, so I guess discrimination pays.
Memories Pizza won’t cater a gay wedding because it is a “Christian establishment.” I assume that means that you can see the faces of Jesus and Mary in their pizzas. It also means that they believe homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle. As Kevin put it, “I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?”
Why indeed? I mean why choose to be heterosexual? Why not choose to be bi-sexual and double your chances of getting a date? Kevin went on to say that as Christians he and his daughter also don’t believe in murder or abortion, so I guess they won’t be catering these events either.
In a related incident Georgia florist and amateur theologian Melissa Jeffcoat told CNN that she wouldn’t provide flower arrangements for a gay wedding, “Jesus died on the cross for me, so that’s the least I can do for him.”
Is that right? Is that the least she can do, or is there something even least-er? And since when did Jesus ask us to do the least? I thought he taught us to care for the least not do the least (Matthew 25). Maybe I misunderstood him.
Anyway I wish these folks well. My hope is that someday God will choose to incarnate as a Jewish boy and walk among us and teach us to love one another as he loves us. Until then I’m going to have Melissa send a dozen roses to Kevin and his daughter at Memories Pizza. It’s the least I can do.