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Buzzwords like “discrimination” are
interesting, because they nearly always cut one way. In today’s
America, “protected classes” can sue individuals and
businesses for discrimination; but individuals and businesses cannot
protect themselves from those who discriminate against them.
The past two weeks "discrimination" has
replaced "racist" as the word used to vilify anyone
challenging the "rights" of radical left-wing zealots. In the
names of "fairness" and "equality" these zealots
have threatened individuals and small businesses with bankruptcy,
arson, and even murder.
In case you haven't heard, Crystal O'Connor,
co-owner of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana (pop. 2,200) answered
a TV reporter's hypothetical question about whether they would cater a
same-sex wedding. Crystal answered, "If a gay couple came in and
wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say
no." She continued, "We're not discriminating against anyone.
That's just our belief, and anyone has the right to believe in
Catering a wedding in Walkerton is an unlikely
event. Kevin O'Connor, Crystal's father, explained they had never
catered any wedding!
Obviously, Crystal's comments enraged feelings of
raw and self-righteous anger across Indiana and America as threats
poured in to bankrupt the business, burn it down, and murder the owners
and their children! Really? Yes!
If those who made such threats are not
"radical left-wing zealots" but rather "intelligent
citizens trying to protect the rights of LGBT community," then we
have a problem. It appears their fight to overcome
"discrimination" is purely evil.
In the big blowup over a so-called Restoring
Freedom of Religion Act passed in Indiana, the LGBT community literally
rioted on social media and in streets across America against a law that
didn't even mention sexual orientation or marriage.
A couple of weeks ago, George Stephanopoulos host
of ABC's "This Week" nearly had a conniption fit asking
Indiana Governor Mike Pence six times whether
"discrimination" was wrong! Pence refused to answer 'yes' or
'no,' choosing instead to explain how the law adds protections for
individuals or organizations operating businesses or services based on
personal religious beliefs.
Left-wing zealots like Stephanopoulos argue that
government can force businesses and individuals to produce goods or
provide services in such ways that violate any individual's religious
beliefs. Across America Christian businesspeople are being threatened
with violence and lawsuits for standing up for their religious views
and values. Interestingly, businesspeople of other faiths are not
receiving the same threats.
Why have Christians become targets of left-wing
zealots? Why did the Democratic Party remove the word "God"
from the party platform? There is a political war against Christians in
America fomented by left-wing zealots and supported by 'low
information' rabble whose first inclination after any allegation is to
burn something down.
The O'Connors had to close their business, not
due to neighbors and customers' threats, but because of crazies on the
left who have no moral values of their own when it comes to the life,
liberty, and pursuit of happiness for others. These left-wing zealots
apparently believe burning, looting, and murdering those who
"cling" to biblical values and morals will end
discrimination. Sadly, about half of all American voters support this
Someone set up an Internet crowd-funding
page to raise money for the O'Connors. They had to cap the account at
$842,387 after about a week. The O'Connors need the money. Neither the
O'Connors nor pizza parlor owners are protected classes.