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-Give Church Folks a Discount Get Sued?

by Dr. D ~ July 6th, 2012

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From The Blaze:

An atheist has filed a discrimination complaint against a Columbia, Pennsylvania-based restaurant. The offense? The establishment has been offering a 10 percent discount for individuals who bring in a church bulletin on Sundays. John Wolff, who has officially issued his grievance with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, is hoping that Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen is held accountable for its diner discount.

The original story is here:  Atheist files complaint over restaurant’s Sunday promotion

One of the owners of the restaurant indicated that they offered the discount to improve business on Sundays which have been slow and not to discriminate.

Response: This is not the first time I have seen a story like this where action has been taken against a business that was giving discounts with religion as some kind of qualifier.

The ACLU has been involved in a number of cases where businesses have offered discounts to Christians which were advertised in local church phone directories and promotional ‘Christian Business’ directories. Now these kind of discounts are considered to be ‘discriminatory’ and business owners are increasingly subjected to government complaints or even lawsuits.

Over the years, lots of businesses have made contributions to churches and ministries based upon patronage (e.g: bring in the church flyer and Joes restaurant and tackle shop would contribute 10% of the bill to the church campership fund and etc.).

Now days, if you own a business it looks like you can give a discount to anyone you please as long as ‘religion’ has nothing to do with it and some activist individual or a group like the ACLU finds out about it?.

How things have changed in America, religion used to be encouraged but now it’s considered to be ‘discriminatory and a cultural liability? Even though freedom of religion was specifically listed as protected in the First Amendment, the Constitution is now being stood on its ear and applied as a ‘freedom from religion’ instead and the move is on to completely eliminate it from the public square. Christian business owners beware, you may be next.          *Top

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2 Responses to -Give Church Folks a Discount Get Sued?

  1. Brian

    This is not the first case I have heard of involving discrimination claims by atheists for church bulletin discounts. See
    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-10-13/news/9910130179_1_church-bulletin-hagerstown-suns-promotion

    I have also heard of a restaurant owner who was forced to abandon the practice when threatened with suit under the state’s civil rights act.

    Note that discounts for “causes” do not seem to offend the PC police — If you wear a pink ribbon on Breast Cancer Awareness Night and get a 10% discount, that is 100% ok – – it is only those discounts that encourage Christian (or other) religious practice that are deemed offensive.

    Brian

  2. Dr. D

    Thanks Brian,
    Christianity has now become an actual target of the PC folks.

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