From Fox News: A family-owned restaurant in Pennsylvania is under a state discrimination investigation for offering a ten percent discount for diners who present a church bulletin on Sundays.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission confirmed there is an investigation against Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in the town of Columbia. The complaint was filed by John Wolff, a retired electrical engineer.
“I did this not out of spite, but out of a feeling against the
prevailing self-righteousness that stems from religion, particular in
Lancaster County,” Wolff told the York Daily Record.
“I don’t consider it an earth-shaking affair, but in this area in
particular, we seem to have so many self-righteous religious people, so
it just annoys me.”
According to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, a restaurant
classified as a public accomodation. As such, restaurants are not
allowed to discriminate based on religion — among other things.
Sharon Prudhomme, who owns the restaurant along with her husband,
said she’s not discriminating against anybody – and plans on fighting
“What freaks me out is the state of Pennsylvania is basically
agreeing with this guy,” Prudhomme told Fox News Radio. “We’re just a
mom and pop. We’re not some big chain like the Olive Garden.”
Prudhomme said the trouble started in April of 2011 when she received the first of several letters from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The FFRF is a Wisconsin-based organization of “more than 17,000
freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and skeptics,” according to its
The FFRF demanded that she stop giving discounts to patrons who brought in a Sunday church bulletin.
“I just filed it and blew off the other letters,” Prudhomme said. “I said I have no intention of taking it off the website.”
Last Friday the restaurant was served with a 16-page complaint from the state of Pennsylvania – accusing her of discrimination.
“I’m an American,” Prudhomme said. “This is America. This is my business and we’re not breaking any laws.” http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/restaurant-faces-investigation-for-offering-church-discount.html
Just about every Church that has a bulletin has at least 1 sponsor offering a discount if they bring in the bulletin.
But I would think that this complaint will be dismissed, eventually because all the guy has to do is go into the Church and get a bulletin, without going to the church.service. But it will probably cost the restaurant thousands of dollars.
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