If you wanted to start working on a repository of hateful, liberal bile, the Memories Pizza debacle would make a fine place to start. After the owners dared to suggest they might not be comfortable with catering a gay wedding, the internet was set ablaze with the fury of a million bleeding-hearts. But while most of them were at least sensible enough to keep their lamentable opinions from veering into threatening territory, at least one Indiana high school coach could not even do that.
Jessica Dooley, a girls’ golf coach at Concord High School, tweeted, “Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? ‘That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE’ Ignorant.” Dooley was immediately suspended for the tweet, and now the Concord Community School District confirms that she has been fired for her misguided passion. Local law enforcement is also looking into the case to see if there might be grounds for legal charges against Dooley.
While Dooley crossed a line that she should have seen from a mile away, the other liberals who joined this dogpile are scarcely better. Based on a single comment, they became a single-minded army of retribution, taking to sites like Yelp and Google Maps to ruin the upstanding reputation of Memories Pizza. So savage were the attacks that the owners had to close their doors until the storm clouds blew over. Conservatives donated more than $100,000 in an effort to combat the unfair and execrable attack, showing once again that not everyone has fallen into the insane spell of the LGBT movement.
Those liberals who had the good graces to feel guilty about what they had done justified the deed by insisting that it was just the marketplace at work. One might wonder when these people suddenly decided to care about the tenets of capitalism. Every other day of the year, the free market is an abomination unto man and the root of all the world’s ills. But on this day, it worked just like it was supposed to. You know, the old favorite of the great economists, the Angry Mob Effect.
Boycotts have their place in a free society, but let’s put aside questions of whether these liberals had the right to do what they did and focus on if they were right to do it. And even if you happen to think that Memories Pizza was wrong to take a stand against gay marriage, you cannot possibly believe that they should be forced out of business by bored slacktivists who smelled blood. This was reactionary, mob violence of the digital age, and it was every bit as ugly as it would have been if they had marched up the hillside with torches and pitchforks.
The right to free expression doesn’t – or shouldn’t – just prevent government forces from engaging in censorship. It should be a standard we hold ourselves to. Why should a family lose their business for one controversial opinion? When liberals get into their I disagree with this person and therefore they must be destroyed attack formation, it makes you wonder if they really believe in free expression at all. And if they don’t believe in free speech and they don’t believe in capitalism and they don’t believe in religious freedom, then why are we still listening to them at all?