There have been a few stories making national headlines lately about restauranteurs offering discounts for religious patrons. Perhaps you’ve seen some of them.
North Carolina Diner Offers Customers 15 Percent Discount for ‘Praying in Public’
Taking a moment to pray, meditate or simply reflect on the value of your life saves you 15% on your meal at Mary’s Gourmet Restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Atheists Bully Arkansas Pizza Shop for Offering Discount to Churchgoers
Bring a bulletin from any church, synagogue, temple, mosque or other legitimate house of worship to Bailey’s Pizza in Searcy, Arkansas and a 10% discount will be applied to your tab.
Our tolerant friends at Freedom From Religion take offense at these discounts because they choose not to believe. They claim the discounts are discriminatory against atheists. The discounts might be discriminatory against stupid people in general, but not necessarily just atheists.
You see, even an atheist could sit down and lower their head or stare at the wall for a moment and receive a 15% discount at Mary’s. No employee will request a prayer transcript. And, there is no mandatory attendance at a house of worship to receive a discount at Bailey’s either. All one has to do is stop by the front door of a church and take a bulletin out of the display on their way to get a bite of pizza. If an atheist fears proximity to a church, he or she could ask a neighbor or friend for one, should they have a friend other than another atheist.
Really, for the truly unhappy and/or chemically depressed, there are other things that you can protest or bring to the overburdened courts. There are senior discounts everywhere that might be opposed by the young and ignorant. There are discounts available for military and veterans to which the weak and timid might object. Having a membership to an auto club might get you a bit better rate at a motel. Not having a towing service might be right for you, though.
Shoot! To stand up against the anti-gun lobby, Langtry Cafe in Brownsdale, Minnesota offers a two tier discount for gun owners every Thursday. Show them a CCW and you get 15% off your bill. Display a sidearm on your hip and receive a 25% reduction in your tab. If you don’t own a gun, that’s your choice.
Additionally, there are talented people who earn a living with their abilities. Singing, carpentry, painting, baking, computer programming, athletics all bring in handsome earnings. Perhaps suing a capable individual for doing well might be on someone’s bucket list.
Unhappy people will always try to bring others down to their level. However, these are the very people who shouldn’t be allowed the gun discount at the Langtry Cafe.