It’s All In The Name Of Jesus!
Using GoFundMe, Lawrence Billy Jones III, a contributor for the conservative news platform The Blaze, was able to raise more than $840,000 for Indiana’s Memories Pizza, a pizza shop.
Yes, you read that right… A pizza shop.
The restaurant was hounded by critics after one of its owners said she would decline to cater a gay wedding because of her religious beliefs.
Memories Pizza temporarily closed its doors after intense criticism following comments made by one of its owners, Crystal O’Connor, to a news station, as controversy raged over Indiana’s “religious freedom” law this week.
O’Connor, who described her restaurant as a “Christian establishment,” told ABC57:
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.”
A GoFundme page was set up to support the business and raised $842,592. The fundraiser came about after critics attacked the pizza shop online, posting scathing reviews on Yelp, and in one case threatening to burn down the business.
O’Connor told Fox News that she and her father would open Memories Pizza again after a temporary shutdown.
According to GoFundMe’s Most Raised page, the fund benefiting Memories Pizza is the second highest-funded project in the website’s history.
The fundraiser has raised more money than funds for a woman dying from a rare cancer, victims disfigured by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and a disabled man brutally beaten outside his home.
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