Indiana Coach Urges Twitter Users to Burn Down Memories Pizza for Backing ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

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From IJReview: The debate over Indiana’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is getting even more heated.

An Indiana high school coach even took to Twitter to vent her dismay about the bill, which is being criticized for lacking LGBT protections.

Jess Cooley, a softball, swimming and basketball coach from Concord, took things a bit too far when she urged Twitter users to “burn down” the Memories Pizza joint in Walkerton.

“Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza with me?” Jessica Dooley asked in a now-deleted tweet, according to National Review Online. “Agree with #FreedomOfReligionBill? ‘That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE’ Ignorant.”

Twitter users vehemently disagreed with the coach’s suggestion of committing arson against the pizzeria:

 

 

 

 

 

Memories Pizza featured prominently in a number of national media pieces as being the center of the controversy, due to the owner Crystal O’Connor saying: “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.”

This quote didn’t go over well, after pieces were published about the Memories Pizza owner at BuzzFeed and Politico. The Blaze’s Dana Loesch interviewed O’Connor about the fallout from her comments, and the pizza restaurant owner has since gone into hiding:

Recently, gay conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce warned members of the LGBT community not to stir up the kind of bullying that many gay people have to face in America. Memories Pizza’s Yelp page and other review pages were even spammed with sexually explicit photos, after becoming the focus of critical, national media attention.

The Elkhart Truth originally reported on the Indiana high school coach who threatened to burn down Memories Pizza. She has been suspended from coaching at Concord Communities Schools, pending further investigation.

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