Memories Pizza, the Indiana pizzeria that made national headlines this week after announcing it would not cater any gay weddings, even though no same-sex couples ever asked it to, has now raked in over $760,000 from over 26,000 donors after just one day of fundraising [Editor’s note: by Saturday morning the donations have increased to more than $800,000].
When business owners Crystal and Kevin O’Connor (pictured) complained of a barrage of nasty Yelp reviews, mean e-mails, and crank phone calls that forced them into hiding, their fellow Christians stepped up to create a GoFundMe campaign. Their goal? To raise as much money as possible for the family to help “relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors’ stand for faith.”
And, just like that, the O’Connors were thrust into America’s one percent. They’ve raised more than $760,00 and counting. That’s a whole lot of cash. Much more than any one family needs, right?
So, without any further ado, here is our open letter to the O’Connor family:
Dear O’Connor Family,
We regret the nasty Yelp reviews, mean emails, and crank phone calls your pizzeria suffered earlier this week after announcing it would not cater any gay weddings. We also regret that you felt threatened and, as a result, were forced into hiding. Please know that the individuals responsible for making you feel that way do not reflect the LGBT community as a whole. We do not wish you any harm or ill will. Our wishes are the same as yours: To live peacefully and in harmony with those around us in a world free of judgement, hate, and discrimination.
As we approach Easter Sunday, we’re calling on you, O’Connor family, to do what Jesus H. Christ asks of all true Christians and share your blessings with others by donating the nearly three quarters of a million dollars raised on your behalf to charity.
On the eve of such an important Christian holiday, we would be remiss not to remind you of the greatest commandment Jesus taught us: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39). Mr. O’Connor, you said yourself in an interview with the Daily Beast that you “don’t have a problem with gay people.” We implore you to put your money where your mouth is, and donate all the funds — every penny — to a human rights or pro-LGBT organization in your area. (Perhaps this handy map of LGBT organizations across America published by the American Family Association will help you locate one.)
As today is Good Friday, we also find it pertinent to point out that your accepting this money for yourselves would be in line with Judas’s accepting silver to betray Jesus Christ.
Your friends at Queerty