Here’s a neat story in the midst of the heated debate over Indiana’s religious freedom law: Courtney Hoffman, a gay woman, apologized to Memories Pizza, the Christian-owned pizzeria that suffered a barrage of hate, death threats, and nationwide media condemnation after voicing their support for the law.  Not only that, but she sent the restaurant a donation, joining the many others who rallied to the defense of the business owners and their “controversial” views.

Here’s the apology she posted with her donation to their fundraising page:

As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business.  I know many gay individuals who fully support your right to stand up for your beliefs and run your business according to those beliefs.  We are outraged at the level of hate and intolerance that has been directed at you, and I sincerely hope that you are able to rebuild.

It’s a gesture that no doubt took both courage and humility – and an encouraging message that rises above all the bullying and intimidation that has come to characterize the RFRA debate.  Hoffman elaborates on her thoughts further in a radio interview; read those comments and more here.

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