Well…they’re at it again…atheists threatening to sue. This time you won’t believe the reason.
Steven Rose lives in Arkansas. He owns a small town pizza shop. He’s not large like Pizza Hut or Dominos. He is a small time, small town pizza shop. Steven decided to offer a 10% discount for folks who come into his restaurant and bring a church bulletin from any church service. What started out as a simple way to gain customers has turned into a business nightmare.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is now claiming that Stephen and his pizza shop have violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the FFRF spokesperson, the Civil Rights Act requires places of public accommodation to offer their services to customers without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin. Therefore, if Steven doesn’t stop this 10% discount practice the FFRF is threatening to sue.
Is Steven really violating the Civil Rights Act? Hiram Sasser from the Liberty Institute says of course not. Sasser said this:
…if what FFRF is saying is true, restaurants and other businesses would be precluded from giving veterans and military members discounts because that would technically be discriminating based on veteran status.
Steven gave one final thought on this issue. Here is his statement:
The 75 cents that somebody saves when they bring in a church bulletin – is that really what they [the FFRF] need to be spending their money on? How about spending their money helping the homeless?
Let me answer that for you Steven. The FFRF is not interested in helping you or in helping the homeless. They are interested in bullying you and others to get their way. They realize that you don’t have the finances to defend against a lawsuit and they hope that you will simply give in for another quick FFRF wins. Another Christian business stopped in its tracks.
Again, I am amazed that a group of folks like the FFRF, who don’t believe in God, will spend money and time trying to shut down folks who believe in God. Why spend money fighting against something you don’t believe in? I can’t help but wonder if deep down inside the FFRF and other groups like this are fearful that God really does exist. Otherwise, why fight against a God they don’t believe in?
Let’s continue to be vocal about our first amendment right for religious liberty. To be silent simply allows groups like the FFRF to continuously chip away at our religious liberty. Keep engaged and continue to defend our right of religious liberty.