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Govít Gives PA Restaurant a Choice: Give 10% Sunday Church Bulletin Discount to Atheists Too or
http://www.theblaze.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 12/01/2012 1:56:58 PM PST by lowbridge

Do you recall the furor surrounding Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, a Pennsylvania-based restaurant, this past summer? The establishment has been offering a 10 percent discount for individuals who bring in a church bulletin on Sundays. Citing this action as discriminatory, John Wolff, a local atheist, filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). Now, the restaurant will be forced to offer discounts to any individual who brings in a pamphlet involving religious faith — including atheism.

To continue offering its discount, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen must now honor literature that comes from any religious institution, The Christian Post reports. This includes secular bulletins from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist non-profit, and faith-based documents pertaining to Judaism, Islam and other religions on Sundays.

A one-line statement from the state human relations commission summarized these ideals: ”Respondent will continue to give a discount for any bulletin from any group oriented around the subject of religious faith, including publications from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, as long as they maintain the Sunday discount program.”

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Full title: Gov’t Gives PA Restaurant a Choice: Give 10% Sunday Church Bulletin Discount to Atheists Too or Discontinue it Entirely
1 posted on 12/01/2012 1:57:13 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Why don’t the athiests just go to the church and get the bulletin?


2 posted on 12/01/2012 1:59:00 PM PST by stanne
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To: lowbridge

When did private individuals lose the right to discriminate?


3 posted on 12/01/2012 1:59:43 PM PST by DManA
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To: lowbridge

That is insane.

Lots of businesses offer discounts and special deals for certain things. I guess its all illegal now?


4 posted on 12/01/2012 1:59:54 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: lowbridge

There was a place giving discounts those who said they voted... have they been shut down for descriminating too??


5 posted on 12/01/2012 2:02:03 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: lowbridge
They should stop the discount altogether. Do not collude with the evil perpetrated by the depraved State.
6 posted on 12/01/2012 2:02:11 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: DManA

(When did private individuals lose the right to discriminate?)

You obviously didn’t get the memo. When liberals discriminate, it’s called “freedom of choice”. When conservatives do it, it’s “discrimination”.


7 posted on 12/01/2012 2:02:39 PM PST by winner3000
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To: DManA
When did private individuals lose the right to discriminate?

Restaurants are a "public accommodation." Ever since the Civil Rights acts of the 60's. Remember the "lunch counter" sit-ins? No, maybe you don't.

8 posted on 12/01/2012 2:05:24 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: lowbridge

I’d tell the “gov’t commission” to take a flying freak at a rolling donut!


9 posted on 12/01/2012 2:06:43 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: winner3000

“Drinks free to Ladies on Wednesday!”

“Mens shirts laundered:$2
Women’s shirts laundered $4.”

“Free admission to children”(obviously discriminating to single people!!!)


10 posted on 12/01/2012 2:08:16 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: hinckley buzzard

Many Restaurants and clubs have ladies night and give free drinks to ladies. Restaurants also have kids eat free nights.


11 posted on 12/01/2012 2:11:21 PM PST by FR_addict
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To: lowbridge
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

Remember when that meant something.

12 posted on 12/01/2012 2:11:38 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
We seem to be on the same wavelength.
13 posted on 12/01/2012 2:14:22 PM PST by FR_addict
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To: lowbridge

Tell the judge to shove it up his smelly Obama.

Even this geek who has no intellectual respect for the joke that is our legal system, thinks this should mean war.

How about we allow some Hell’s Angels to guard the doors.

They have infinitely more class and morals than that idiot atheist and we will all enjoy what they do to that Obamahole.


14 posted on 12/01/2012 2:17:05 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: lowbridge

Senior discount? Ladies night? Student discount? Military discount? Employee discounts?

Don’t they all discriminate against against those who are not in those categories? So what. It is a business decision by the seller.


15 posted on 12/01/2012 2:17:32 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: lowbridge

From what I understand, the complainer has never been to the restaurant. Why does he even have legal standing to file the complaint? What was he denied?


16 posted on 12/01/2012 2:21:09 PM PST by firebasecody (Orthodoxy, proclaiming the Truth since AD 33)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Restaurants are a "public accommodation." So I guess that means senior citizen discounts must go, kids, discounts, and any other discount that can be seen as discriminatory against a particular group? What about store that require removal of hoods, shades, hoodies, etc before entering? What about restaurants that require men to wear jackets and ties?

Whatever happened to the concept of "We reserve the right to refuse service."

17 posted on 12/01/2012 2:22:32 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: lowbridge

Athiests can get the discount also - all they need to do is bring in a church bulletin. I guess the government’s fear is that the atheist, in obtaining a bulletin, might hear the word of God.


18 posted on 12/01/2012 2:24:46 PM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: lowbridge

lol,, the athiest sued the people preparing his food. Thats bright,, very trusting of him!


19 posted on 12/01/2012 2:28:21 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: GeronL

At our store we offer 10% discount to active duty military & veterans.
I would like to invite code pinko or an organization like it to come protest.
I will furnish our location & other particulars upon their request.


20 posted on 12/01/2012 2:28:49 PM PST by certrtwngnut (He shrugs!)
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To: lowbridge

What if they spit in the atheists food?


21 posted on 12/01/2012 2:32:27 PM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydidesm)
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The restaurant can advertise with the Church offering a 10% discount.


22 posted on 12/01/2012 2:32:41 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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Coupon.


23 posted on 12/01/2012 2:33:16 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: stanne

Are you kidding!? Churches, even the sight of the cross, causes internal bleeding in atheists as well as crippling migraines and pulmonary edema. They really are a cursed people.


24 posted on 12/01/2012 2:33:26 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: lowbridge

What’s wrong with you all? Don’t you see this was the best outcome? Atheist can get “equal” by getting a current bulletin and presenting it on Sunday - just like everyone else. That’s as “equal” as it gets. Just think. How many Atheists go to some kind of atheist secular church? None. But the Judge gave them the same “equal” opportunity.

How about Hebrews, Moslems, Hindu, et al.? Show up to the resturant on Sunday and get your “equal” opportunity 10% discount. I think that Justice was more than fair. The resturant owners did this to get more customers on slow days. If it gets them more customers, they win! What a great outcome.


25 posted on 12/01/2012 2:35:01 PM PST by encm(ss)
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The restaurant can also participate in fund raisers of its choice in which coupons are provided as part of the fund raiser.


26 posted on 12/01/2012 2:36:03 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: winner3000
When liberals discriminate, it’s called “freedom of choice”. When conservatives do it, it’s “discrimination”.

That would be a great tag line.

27 posted on 12/01/2012 2:36:37 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church shows up at your funeral.)
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To: Viennacon

Well, then, no free meal. Even the soup nazi was allowed this much.


28 posted on 12/01/2012 2:37:33 PM PST by stanne
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To: lowbridge

Thou shall make no law....


29 posted on 12/01/2012 2:39:34 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: certrtwngnut

I guess Senior discounts are descriminatory too


30 posted on 12/01/2012 2:40:57 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Yes, along with early bird specials since many are forced to work during those hours.


31 posted on 12/01/2012 2:43:10 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: lowbridge

If an atheist wants to bring in a current church bulletin by all means give them the discount. They might get some positive exposure acquiring it. Or, atheists can estabish their own church. Oh, wait a minute, they’ve already done that, they can just show a university ID card.


32 posted on 12/01/2012 2:46:30 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Gene Eric; John Semmens

“Early Bird” specials discriminate against the welfare class who sleep until noon!


33 posted on 12/01/2012 2:47:06 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: lowbridge; bamahead

This is disgusting!

What about coupons? Why should only the shoppers that remember to bring coupons get the discount?

If a person allergic to seafood can only get oysters at an oyster bar, will they be able to force the oyster bar to serve other food?

Where has our freedom gone?
How do we get it back?


34 posted on 12/01/2012 2:47:47 PM PST by fanfan ("But if Muslims were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.")
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Lost Cajun Kitchen

Columbia is outside Harrisburg, on the Susquehanna (I had to look it up).

35 posted on 12/01/2012 2:48:00 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Gabz

Should the restaurant be allowed to not serve blacks or Jews or Christians or short people?


36 posted on 12/01/2012 2:52:11 PM PST by sakic
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To: DManA
When did private individuals lose the right to discriminate?

When Brown vs. Topeka was written.

37 posted on 12/01/2012 2:55:24 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: sakic

Sure. And watch them lose money and go bankrupt too


38 posted on 12/01/2012 3:00:10 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Viennacon

Well, their problem, then, no discounted meal. Even the soup nazi was allowed this much.


39 posted on 12/01/2012 3:00:29 PM PST by stanne
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To: lowbridge

The Minor League Baseball team, the Bowie Baysox, had a similar offer for people attending their games could get a family discount if they brought in their Sunday Church bulletin for the day.

A Jewish group started to protest until they discovered that the Baysox would gladly accept any dated publication from a synagogue the same way. Their representative said they were quite pleased with the accommodation.

Then some atheist group announced they were going to present a pamphlet announcing one of their meetings at the ball park and would sue if turned away. The gate keepers at the Baysox game gladly accepted it and game them their discount.

The atheist group was FURIOUS! A local TV news reporter interviewed their spokesman who could only repeat that this was religious discrimination. The reporter really ticked him off by pushing for him to explain how that could be if they were given the same discount. Their representative’s response had to be bleeped before he stalked off.

The atheists don’t want the same treatment; they want to dictate what kind of treatment is allowed!

I hope the Restaurant goes the same route as the Baysox.


40 posted on 12/01/2012 3:02:39 PM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: meyer

The restaurant should offer the atheist 15 per cent vs the 10 per cent offered for the church members...not because I hate church folk but rather because its a chance to “pour hot coals” on his head.


41 posted on 12/01/2012 3:11:20 PM PST by mdmathis6 ("Barry" Xmas to all and have a rapaciously taxable New Year!)
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To: hinckley buzzard; IronJack

Narrowly outlawed RACIAL discrimination.

Are you trying to tell me the court ruling outlawed restaurants from discriminating against the bare footed and shirt less?


42 posted on 12/01/2012 3:13:43 PM PST by DManA
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To: lowbridge

“ow, the restaurant will be forced to offer discounts to any individual who brings in a pamphlet involving religious faith — including atheism.:

Ha! Atheists HATE being told that they have a “faith-based belief system”. If they take in a pamphlet from an atheist organization to get the discount — they’re admitting that it’s a religious organization.


43 posted on 12/01/2012 3:16:46 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: sakic

Apples and oranges.

This is the government determining how a business does business. This store policy was no more discriminatory than any of the other policies I mentioned.


44 posted on 12/01/2012 3:17:43 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: lowbridge
I suspect this all started with the Civil Rights Act. It was then that the Federal government set the precedent that it could dictate how private property was used. Though the concept of the Act was good and necessary, the precedent set by its assault on property rights is the gift that keeps on giving.

It was government regulations and laws that discriminated most blatantly against blacks in Jim Crow America. Congress should have stopped at those -- but they just couldn't resist taking it a tiny step farther.

Now, step outside to have a cigarette. No, not on the sidewalk. Across the street in the park? Are you kidding? In your car? Are there minors in it? It never ends now.

45 posted on 12/01/2012 3:21:39 PM PST by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: gorush

No, actually the relevant parts are (IMO):

Congress shall make no law <...>abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble

as well as
nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation

Since they are bother saying who the owner can favor on his own property as well as tell him how to run his business.

But then again as another mentioned, this is a function of the Civil Rights movement of the 60s. In the interest of getting righting past and present wrong, a lot of rights were trampled.


46 posted on 12/01/2012 3:29:06 PM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: drbuzzard
How is the constitution ignored? Let me count the ways...

...to paraphrase

47 posted on 12/01/2012 3:34:32 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: stanne

You have got to remember hat the state of Pennsylvania is controlled by the Democrats, including the judge who issued this order. And you sure as hell won’t find this Democrat judge in any church, period!


48 posted on 12/01/2012 3:37:06 PM PST by supermop (Cleaning up the mess Obama will leave)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Excellent points.


49 posted on 12/01/2012 3:37:48 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: FormerLib
Exactly right! The restaurant wasn't only catering to Christians. They were trying to drum up business. Heck some bars give you free cover charge on halloween if you're wearing a costume. Same idea behind senior discounts, student discounts, military discounts.

It's just a hook to get more butts in the door.

It was the atheist who is being the complete a$$hole. As they have a tendency to be.

50 posted on 12/01/2012 3:38:21 PM PST by boop ("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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