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SAVE OR SUE

August 23, 2014

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.
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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.

NATIVITY SCENES

December 15, 2013

Well, it’s that time of year again. Some people want to celebrate Christmas and others want to prevent them from doing so. Nativity scenes put up by believers must disappear from view when one non-believer whines about seeing it. Some stores tell their employees to say Happy Holidays to customers and not Merry Christmas to keep from offending those who chose not to honor the Christian idol of divinity.

The season seems to amplify all that is wrong with political correctness. Trying to please everybody affects more misery on a greater number of people. Christians revere December 25. If you choose not to partake, fine. However, drawing people who do want to share the holiday into your world of skepticism, non-belief, anger and misery is not the right thing to do. Let them enjoy.

Likewise, common sense dictates:

If you choose not to eat a fast food diet, that is fine. Just don’t keep those who like that fat laden meal from doing what pleases them. Don’t belittle me for eating a fried potato or patty of beef. I won’t demean you for chewing on nothing but grass and weeds.

If you believe that climate change is man made and that this is the first century of all eternity that temperatures have fluctuated, fine. If science about the ice age and how the earth overcame that without Humvees and coal fired power plants interferes with your inherent beliefs, you own the ignorance of your choice. However, don’t make the rest of us drive underpowered electric vehicles that can’t tow a trailer full of brush to the dump. Please don’t burden farmers with excess tax for not equipping their livestock with flatulence suppressors.

If you are gay, welcome. Celebrate it. It is no more right or wrong than being heterosexual. The fact that synthetic pharmaceuticals that you or your parents or grandparents ingested over the generations altered the natural gene structure of your family line is not a personal fault. Pharmaceutical companies conveniently neglect to divulge that information. While homosexuality is not normal, neither are the chemicals we use to allay the symptoms of disease. As homosexuals, you qualify for equal rights and privileges just as any other human being, nothing more. There is a distinction between marriage and a legal bond between two like gender individuals. There should, however, be no differences in opportunities.

If you choose to send your offspring to public indoctrination centers, fine. You should also accept that some people want their children educated. Allow them to send their children to private or parochial schools by having their tax dollars sent to a school of their choice. The remittance amount of the vouchers should be equal to the total amount spent per pupil by local public institutions. Don’t hold it against private schools for not having fifteen levels of inept bureaucrats sucking up the dollars before they reach the classroom. Allow equal tax dollars and equal choice.

If you stole your way into this country because of our liberal to non-extent immigration enforcement, don’t ask for or expect all the rights and privileges of American citizens. You have broken our law, enforced or not, and are subject to justice in the form of deportation to your point of entry. You are not entitled to tax subsidies, living stipends, driver licenses, in state tuition or voting rights even though some of our elected idiots allow them.

Please use the remaining intellectual brain cells in your head, not just your emotion. Just because a thought, term or tradition is different from your familiarity or belief doesn’t necessarily make it wrong. That is why we debate. We live in a world of reasoned directives. We are not yet completely mind-numbed automatons of a single thought process. We must celebrate that which makes us happiest without harming, demeaning or belittling others for their ways.

Merry Christmas to you whether or not you choose to celebrate Christ. Please be comfortable with who you are, just don’t try to force others to be like you.