There’s a restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that’s made headlines recently when it became known that they give (when they feel like it) a 15% discount to those customers who pray before their meal. As the owner said, it wasn’t required that you necessarily pray in order to receive the discount; it was more that if you showed an attitude of gratitude for your meal, she felt compelled to give those people a discount. And it wasn’t a policy or anything, because she didn’t offer it every time. She’s the owner, and she can do whatever she wants. If people were offended by her selective generosity, they could go somewhere else.
But thanks to the religious fanatics over at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), the owner of that restaurant has decided to drop the whole discount thing. She doesn’t want any trouble or lawsuits against her establishment. Here’s what’s now posted to the entrance door at her restaurant:
We at Mary’s value the support of ALL our fellow Americans. While you may exercise your right of religious freedom at this restaurant by praying over your meal to any entity or non-entity, we must protect your freedom from religion in a public place. We are no longer issuing the 15% praying in public discount. It is illegal and we are being threatened by lawsuit. We apologize to our community for ANY offense this discount has incurred.
The FFRF told her that what she was doing was illegal, because it violated the Civil Rights Act. It’s not fair that people who pray get special privileges that don’t apply to those who don’t pray.
But as the owner had articulated, it wasn’t even a religious thing. You could pray, meditate, have a “moment of silence” – anything like that that showed you were thankful for your food. Atheists can be thankful for things too, right? They could have “qualified” for the discount by showing their gratitude.
But no, atheists want everyone to adopt their religion, or else they’ll sue. Was there anyone forcing these poor atheists to frequent this one particular restaurant so that they would be “persecuted” for their religious beliefs? Of course not.
This is like straight people complaining about not feeling welcome in gay bars and claiming they were violated (their civil rights, that is), and that they were persecuted for their personal lifestyle choices. Can you imagine an organization like the ACLU cracking down on gay bars for their “civil right violations?” Yeah, that’s not going to happen. They’d laugh and tell you to go somewhere else. But a “straight bar” that’s not as friendly toward their homosexual patrons as they are their straight patrons? Just the idea of a “straight bar” is a lawsuit waiting to happen.