Whiny atheists seem to have won the battle in this one. After the Freedom from Religion Foundation complained about the prayer discount at Mary’s Gourmet Diner, and threatened them with a lawsuit, they decided to discontinue the discount. See below…
Validating the fears of many, the Freedom From Religion Foundation found this to be a violation of the Civil Rights Act, and wrote a letter to Mary’s Gourmet Diner urging them “to discontinue this discriminatory discount.”
If you truly wish to reward gratitude in customers regardless of religion, you must do so in a way that does not single out customers who pray for favorable treatment.
According to a photo taken by Bruce Chapman of the Winston-Salem Journal, Mary’s posted the following message in their window:
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.
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