There’s an interesting conundrum at play in Indiana right now. A pizza place that declared they would refuse to serve gay people as a result of a law that was passed allowing them to do so has become a hub for controversy with the online crowd.
GoFundMe, the donation site of choice for activists, has seen an enormous push of support for the pizza place, which had to temporarily close its doors over the resulting backlash. With the campaign recently ending, activists have raised over $800,000 for the father/daughter team that runs Memories Pizza. $842,442 to be exact. That’s the second largest amount ever raised on GoFundMe, larger than donations for a Boston Bombing victim, cancer victims and other humane efforts.
People apparently really like freedom … or intolerance. I’m not sure which. And therein lies the conundrum. Do these pizza shop owners have the right to be exclusionary? Isn’t that a part of the freedom of being an American? Or is a facet of America not excluding people who are different from us?
As it turns out, it sort of doesn’t matter what the pizza shop folks think anymore — they’ve decided to take their $800,000 and head off into the sunset. Yup, the pizza place is closed.
Most interestingly, the fund supporting the pizza place’s right to exclude customers was set up by a conservative black guy — Lawrence B.Jones III.
From the Washington Post: “We have an obligation to stand up for freedom,” Lawrence B. Jones III, a “Dana Show” contributor, told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “It’s not a gay or a straight issue. We love our gay brothers and sisters. … We’re sick of being regulated when it comes to free enterprise. What better way to speak out than giving your own personal money?”
Two contingents of America have been fighting this issue for a while now. Every couple of decades the victim changes, but the debate remains the same: what does American really mean? Are we allowed to be exclusive? Or are we dedicated to unity?
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