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:
@dooley_11 Scared of somebody else’s views or beliefs.. And you wonder why so many people are fed up with your type of bullying tactics.
— STAFFORD (@stafford_keith) April 1, 2015
@dooley_11 @ScottInSC Nice to hear your solution for dealing with people who have different beliefs than you is violence.
— roadkit (@roadkit) April 1, 2015
— Brad Cundiff (@bradcundiff) April 1, 2015
@dooley_11 Talk about intolerant. Disgusting.
— frank weiss (@blakcars) April 1, 2015
Hey, @dooley_11, if one of your students confided in you that she was a Christian who thought gay was a sin, would you burn her house down?
— Robbie Cooper (@RobbieCooper) April 1, 2015
.@dooley_11 yet you are trying to impose your beliefs on someone else. Do you not see the hypocrisy? Such a shame
— Katy Abram (@katyabram) April 1, 2015
— FT (@FauxToure) April 1, 2015
@katnandu Oh I just saw that @dooley_11 is a HS coach … I hope she is held accountable for threatening to BURN a business!!
— Cheryl Stack (@stacker44022) April 1, 2015
— RB (@RBPundit) April 1, 2015
— Trina The Individual (@KatrinaLimited) April 1, 2015
@Nikk1066 @dooley_11 Although I would never eat there, no one should talk about burning down the place. If they do then they are just as bad
— tim02538 (@tim02538) April 1, 2015
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.