Target: Ms. Karol Jackson, Walkerton, IN Town Council President
Goal: Call for a full boycott of restaurant that would refuse service to same-sex couples.
A pizza parlor in Walkerton, Indiana became the first business to publicly admit that they would refuse services to gay couples based upon their sexual orientation. This discriminatory statement comes after several weeks of debate over a recently passed law that claims to be about protecting religious freedom, but is actually used as a tool to discriminate against minority populations. This is just the first instance of the law being used to discriminate against same-sex couples and if something is not done immediately, it will not be the last.
The law in question gives businesses the right to refuse services to any customers based on their own religious ideals. This means that if a store owner is an ardent Christian, who does not approve of same-sex relationships, they can turn away same-sex couples. The owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton gave a statement saying “We’re not discriminating against anyone,” which is patently false. Refusing services to a certain group of people based on one piece of their character is the definition of discrimination.
Furthermore, one owner claims that homosexuality is a choice, which it isn’t, and that he shouldn’t have to be beaten over the head with it. Does he not realize the irony in then turning around and beating same-sex couples over the head with his Christian beliefs? Would he be so nonchalant and smug about this law if someone opened a business in Walkerton that refused to serve Christians? What about white people? What about men? We need to show this restaurant and its owners that discrimination against any group is not acceptable. Please sign here to encourage the city council of Walkerton, Indiana to call for a boycott of Memories Pizza immediately.
Dear Councilwoman Jackson,
It has come to my attention that a restaurant in your town has publicly admitted that they would be using a new controversial religious freedom law to discriminate against same-sex couples. Despite the fact that lawmakers assured citizens that this law would not be used to discriminate, and stressed that it was about religious freedom, it is already being used to refuse services based on sexual orientation. This is unacceptable and I am writing to demand that you call for a full boycott of Memories Pizza lasting until they change their policies.
I understand that people have a right to believe whatever they want, but they most certainly do not have a right to do whatever they want. The owners of Memories Pizza claim that they do not want to be beaten over the head with homosexuality, which they incorrectly believe to be a choice, but have no qualms with beating homosexuals over the head with their Christian ideals? Something stinks here, Councilwoman Jackson, and it is hypocrisy. Please call for this boycott as soon as you possibly can and right this terrible injustice.
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