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Gay-friendly Christian choir shames Memories Pizza by singing about love in front of shuttered store

Posted by on Apr. 5, 2015 at 12:22 PM
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Gay-friendly Christian choir shames Memories Pizza by singing about love in front of shuttered store


The Ripple Effect (WSBT-TV)

A gay-friendly Christian choir called “The Ripple Effect” is attempting to heal the small town of Walkerton, Indiana, which has been torn apart since the owners of Memories Pizza declared that they would discriminate against the LGBT community.

The pizzeria closed after allegedly receiving “death threats” that turned out to be overblown online rhetoric, but that has not stopped its owners from pocketing nearly $1 million from a GoFundMe page set up for them.

Although the intent behind performance by “The Ripple Effect” was not to condemn the behavior of the O’Connor family, the contrast between O’Connors’ actions and those of the choir could hardly be more stark.

Some of the members of the choir are gay, and WSBT’s James Fillmore said that “the issue is tearing Walkerton apart, so they wanted to do something to try and fix it.”

Standing in front of a giant rainbow flag, the choir’s director, Sherry Klinedinst, told WSBT that “we are not here to condemn or condone the establishment — we’re here to show them and the community that we can show love in spite of our differences.”

Gail Bannister, who is both a Christian and a lesbian, said that she was singing in front of the closed pizzeria because it allows her to show the community that people can live together despite their differences.

“We just have different opinions,” she said, “but that’s OK. We’re supposed to have different opinions. That’s what diversity’s all about.”

Some residents watched the choir from across the street, but the only interaction they had with members of the community was when a man walked up to them and told them they needed to get jobs.

Watch the entire report via WSBT-TV below.

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JustCJ
by Gold Member on Apr. 5, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Gail Bannister, who is both a Christian and a lesbian, said that she was singing in front of the closed pizzeria because it allows her to show the community that people can live together despite their differences.

“We just have different opinions,” she said, “but that’s OK. We’re supposed to have different opinions. That’s what diversity’s all about."

Maybe you could try a little less hate hmmm OP?

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Apr. 5, 2015 at 12:40 PM
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To bad they didn't support the pizza business before it  was forced to close due to threats of violence from the GLBT community.....I hope these Christians don't get attacked for supporting allowing others to have different beliefs.

Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on Apr. 5, 2015 at 12:46 PM

I'm not the one who supports discrimination in the name of religion. Might want to try your suggestion yourself.

Quoting JustCJ:

Gail Bannister, who is both a Christian and a lesbian, said that she was singing in front of the closed pizzeria because it allows her to show the community that people can live together despite their differences.

“We just have different opinions,” she said, “but that’s OK. We’re supposed to have different opinions. That’s what diversity’s all about."

Maybe you could try a little less hate hmmm OP?


Pema_Jampa
by Ruby Member on Apr. 5, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Conservatives Furious That Gay Christians Sang In Front Of Bigoted Indiana Pizza Joint (SCREENSHOTS/VIDEO)

AUTHOR APRIL 5, 2015 11:49 AM

A South Bend, Indiana Christian choir called The Ripple Effect gathered outside Memories Pizza, Indiana’s first openly anti-gay business, to sing songs of love — an effort to offset the hatred espoused by the owners of the pizzeria.

The Ripple Effect, which includes LGBT members, says that the situation surrounding Memories’ owners and their unbelievable homophobic hatred is tearing the community of Walkerton apart. Choir director Sherry Klinedinst explained that they were attempting to help the situation “through the healing power of music.”

“There are a lot of hurt people. There are a lot of angry people. I’m really hoping we can just find some common ground.” said Klinedinst, who is from Walkerton, where Memories Pizza is located. She says that the choir has nothing against the owners, and that they just want the community to heal.

“We’re not here to condemn or condone the owners of the establishment. We’re here to show them and the community that we can show love to people in spite of our differences,” she explained.

The group sang a number of songs, including “Jesus Loves Me” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” While most would view this as an admirable attempt to spread peace and love throughout the community, conservatives are baring their teeth in response to this group of Christians singing songs of peace and love.

Over at Jim Hoft’s blog, Gateway Pundit, the Dumbest Man on the Internet’s readers raged against what they view as an atrocity. Many of the conservatives who trust the same news source that manufactured the story of Michael Brown fracturing Darren Wilson’s eye socket were unable to conceive of gay Christians, let alone accept the idea that the community should be accepting of all individuals.

“Now I’m getting gay fatigue to go along with my race fatigue…. Uhg,” one reader wrote. “‘Gay Christians?'” another wrote, “now *THERE* is an interesting theological niche…”

“No such thing as gay Christian choir. Practicing sodomites are not born again Christians,” another wrote. “They are part of the people who call themselves Christian but have never repented of their sin and accepted Jesus Christ as the lord of their life. There is scripture about this but since these are only ‘professing’ Christians they most likely don’t read or even own a bible.”

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Nothing says “Jesus’ love” like judging other Christians for being accepting of, and inclusive of, others. There was nothing to this situation past an expression of solidarity with humankind as a whole — and the Right has turned it into a hatefest…just like always.

Because of people like the Gateway Pundit‘s audience, the owners of Memories were rewarded for their bigotry with almost a million dollars. In the end, though, the state of Indiana won. For the first time in the state’s history thanks (in part) to the bigoted actions of the O’Connors, the law explicitly includes protections for the LGBT community. If the cost of such a step forward is one family of bigots fleecing other bigots for hundreds of thousands of dollars, so be it. Equality is priceless.

billsfan1104
by Ruby Member on Apr. 5, 2015 at 1:22 PM
If this was really a show of support by saying "we need to come together, even with different views", you say that the owners had extreme homophobic hate, you call singing "shaming" a group and you don't sing in front of a closed down pizzeria.
PerseyG
by Silver Member on Apr. 5, 2015 at 1:59 PM
Go figure, the "real" christians here are crossing their arms and jutting out the lower lip like petulant children.

They eat their own like good little internet cannibals.
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