Homophobia alive and well in the US as pizzeria raises $800,000 and Christian florist who refused gay wedding receives $150,000 in donations

By Junior Mayema,

This is a reminder that the fight is far from over and that our enemies are well organized and help those who are vulnerable in their extremist group. Who are the people that are giving away this same  amount  of fund to help the most marginalized and vulnerable in  the LGBT Community like  homeless LGBT youth, LGBT refugees, LGBT asylum seekers etc ???? it is not about commenting so much online it is about practical and emergent help to members of our community who are in urgent need of help.  Here is how our foes are always strengthening their bases below :

Homophobia alive and well in the US as pizzeria raises $800,000

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/homophobia-alive-and-well-in-the-us-as-pizzeria-raises-800000-10157872.html

Homophobia alive and well in the US as pizzeria raises $800,000

The owners of Memories Pizzeria said that they would refuse to cater for a gay wedding, provoking a huge backlash

An online fundraiser for a pizzeria in the state of Indiana has betrayed the sad fact that homophobia remains alive and well in United States.

Memories Pizzeria has attracted worldwide attention after its owners said that they would never cater for a gay wedding and a page on the website GoFundMe has subsequently raised more than $840,000 (£563,000) in donations for the restaurant.

Co-owner Crystal O’Connor spoke out on Tuesday following Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, telling a local TV reporter that they would refuse requests to provide pizza for a hypothetical same-sex wedding reception.

Since the interview her views have received widespread conservative support and on Saturday, in an interview with Fox News Business, Ms O’Connor said that she thanks God for the money raised:

“God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe, and not denying him.”

The original aim had been to raise £25,000 (£16,750) for the O’Connors and Lawrence Jones, a TheBlaze reporter who set up the page said: “Our goal was simply to help them take one thing off this family’s plate as strangers sought to destroy them.”

O’Connor’s father and co-owner Kevin O’Connor said that the family should not have to face criticism for their decision: “The lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual, Why should I be beat over the head for something they choose.”

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Facebook comments underneath the “Next Steps for Memories Pizza Donations” included:

“God has moved in the face of evil in our nation over the last couple of days. Proof that we can overcome evil and bring our nations back to God.”

“Christians are being targeted and the gay mafia is pouncing.”

“It makes my day to see the heterophobes/religiophobes take it on their chins. These bigots tried to bring down an innocent family.”

Governor Mike Pence originally passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week. It prohibited state laws that “substantially burden “a person’s ability to follow his or her religious belief.

This led to a huge backlash as it led to accusations that the bill would permit discrimination of factors that included race, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The alterations prohibited service providers from using the law as a legal defence for refusing to provide services goods, facilities or accommodation.

Homophobia, particularly the issue of same-sex marriage, has been the subject of much debate and controversy in the United States in recent years.

Yesterday leaders of the Mormon Church, of which around 6 million Americans are members, said that they were against “counterfeit and alternative lifestyles that try to replace the family organisation that God himself established.”

Also yesterday, seven police officers in San Francisco were suspended for sending racist and homophobic messages over the course of two years.

Gay marriage is currently permitted in 37 out of 50 states but twenty-nine states currently don’t include protection for gays and lesbians in their non-discrimination laws, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Speaking of gay marriage in Indiana, currently outlawed, Kathy Sarris, co –founder of the gay-rights group Indiana Equality Action said: “We’re not going to let any of these people take the hot seat [referring to anti-gay rights legislators]. This action is ultimately going to happen.”

 And here is another development how hate is being fueled and supported in the USA below :

Christian florist who refused gay wedding receives $150,000 in donations

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/christian-florist-who-refused-gay-wedding-receives-150000-donations080415

Christian florist who refused gay wedding receives $150,000 in donations

Washington woman says $1,001 fine could cost her her home and business
Barronelle Stutzman.

Photo via gofundme.com

A Christian florist that refused to service a gay wedding has raised nearly $100,000 in donations.

Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, turned away a gay couple in 2013 ‘because of her relationship with Jesus Christ.’

Last month, the 70-year old guilty was found guilty of violating the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws and fined $1,000 plus $1 in court fees.

‘It’s about freedom, not money,’ she wrote in a letter to the state’s attorney general after the ruling.

‘I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honour God in doing what I do best is more important.’

Tom Savage, a friend of Stutzman, then launched a GoFundMe campaign to ‘protect Barronelle against the financial risk she faces.’

‘I am doing this campaign with her knowledge and cooperation,’ he wrote on the donation page.

‘The funds will be held until the legal challenge has been resolved and the full extent of the need is assessed.

‘In the event the funds provided by donors exceed Barronelle’s needs, the funds will be used to cover those same expenses for others who defend their constitutional right to live consistently with their faith.

‘The highest priority is to protect Barronelle and her livelihood.’

Her fundraising campaign comes days after an Indiana pizzeria that refused to cater gay weddings received more than $840,000 in donations.

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One thought on “Homophobia alive and well in the US as pizzeria raises $800,000 and Christian florist who refused gay wedding receives $150,000 in donations

  1. When i was in South Africa and almost being killed no one contributed even for 1 dollar to keep me alive this amazing Canadian gay couple Ari Shmary Canada and Edward Remming assisted me until i resettled and they even started raising fund online and no one helped, our LGBT Community is so divided it is sad to say the least.

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