Restaurant Stops “Prayer Discounts” after Atheists Threaten Violence and Lawsuit

Pray

How many of you pray before you eat, even if you’re out in public?

I always think it’s touching to see people bow their heads before they dig in.  (Check out how cute Tripp is, above!)

One restaurant in North Carolina — Mary’s Gourmet Diner — acknowledged customers who prayed before meals by offering a 15% discount.

The owner, Mary Haglund, had quietly given the discounts for year.  The servers would give the discounts if they saw people praying and it wasn’t a big deal. On the receipt, the percentage off was called a “prayer discounts” but they weren’t limited to Christians.  Anyone who took a moment of silence or to reflect would get the discount.

What was a quiet policy went national when some diners from out of town noticed the discount on their receipt.  Pleasantly surprised, they put their receipt on Facebook.

PrayReceipt

It went viral.

It didn’t take log for the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) to move in.  If Mary’s Gourmet Diner didn’t stop offering the discount, they’d sue.

Fox reports:

“It has been a real eye-opening experience,” Haglund said. “People who have never been here and don’t know me say anything they want. It is a little creepy. People have called and said really mean and hateful things that don’t even know me.”

Thursday, the restaurant decided to change their police to avoid litigation – and potentially years of expensive legal fees.  They put up a sign explaining the policy change, apologizing for “any offense this discount has incurred.”

“I just want to make good food and be with happy people,” she explained.

What is this nation coming to?

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  • Ron

    Christians are not called to back down in the face of intimidation. If they want to offer the discount, offer the discount. If anyone gives you flak about it, point them to the Constitution. If that doesn’t shut ’em up, then to Hell with them. Literally.

    You don’t mess with God’s children and expect not to pay a price. And although it’s not our job to ensure that that price is paid, God promises that He will fix their wagons.

    • Cvb

      Excuse me, but how are Christians being discriminated against exactly here? No one is telling them they can’t pray in the restaurant. No one is charging them more for doing so.

      • Katepatate

        The Christian owner is being discriminated against. She is being persecuted for her beliefs that prayer deserves a discount. You just don’t like it so you want her punished. Please, ask Jesus into your heart and then you will know why we pray.

        • Cvb

          Her “belief” in this discount goes against our laws. That is why she was threatened with legal action. It doesn’t mean customers can no longer pray.

    • Katepatate

      God will take care of all this one day. We are told we will be persecuted for His name. I will continue to pray for the atheists that their hearts and minds would be changed. They are such lost people.

  • Cvb

    Good. They were essentially charging those who don’t pray nor believe in a god more than those that do.

    • LilMissPrepper

      And the problem is….?

      • Cvb

        Read Midfle Roaders excellent comment. That should explain it for you

    • Anthony Miller

      If you noticed, they accepted moments of silence or meditation as well. Maybe you might benefit from a moment of silence once in a while.

      • Cvb

        I suspect that was added later for reasons like Middle Roader added. They call it prayer discount. ‘Nuff said.

      • Katepatate

        If only atheists knew how to be silent once in a while, we would all be happier. They wouldn’t because they are never happy, but we all would be.

        • Cvb

          I’m thinking you don’t know any atheists either katepatate. Or at least don’t realize you do

  • 1MiddleRoader

    While the owner’s heart was in the right place, we are a nation of laws, and the Civil Rights Act specifically states, “All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation…without discrimination on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.” This is generally called “price discrimination.” Notice that age and gender aren’t in that sentence. That’s why senior discounts, “ladies’ night” prices, (and separate bathrooms, I guess) are OK. Age and gender are included, along with the other categories, in employment (workplace) discrimination.
    Here’s another way to look at it. What if you and a friend go to a restaurant and request separate checks. You pray before you eat, while your friend checks email. When you get the bills, you find you are charged a “religious fee” for praying. Wouldn’t you be upset and feel discriminated against. While of course that’s an extreme example, it’s the same principle.

    • Proudusagirl

      NO I would not. Example: If you had a coupon and I did not, then I would pay full price while you would not. Whether you use the coupon or not is your choice. Just like it is my choice to clip and use the coupon or not.

    • Peter Richards

      ANYONE could get this discount, anyone. Pray. Pray to a dog for crying out loud. America has sunk and you seem to be the type who has aided and abetted this United States of the Offended crowd.

      • Cvb

        Why? Why should you have to pretend to pray to get the same discount as someone who does pray?

    • Cvb

      Thank you Middle Roader

    • Katepatate

      It was a “private” business. Owned “privately.” She should be able to do business as she wants, not how some atheists wants her to. Sodomites and atheists. All the same. You will march to my tune or else.

      • Cvb

        Wow. Sodomites and atheists . Interesting. Can we assume you are referring to gays? And how exactly are homosexuals forcing you to “march to their tune” ? Are they forcing you to ” be homosexual”? To engage in sodomy ( FYI, many or maybe even most, heterosexuals do that anyway) ? Oh or wait….. Do you mean that you’re not allowed to discriminate against anyone based in religion ( or lack thereof) or sexuality? Is that what you mean by having to march to their tune?

    • Katepatate

      I guess you think the military shouldn’t get discounts either. I don’t know what my dinner partner pays for her bill so why should I be offended? Just too many nosy, busybody people inserting their unbelief into public places.

  • 1MiddleRoader

    And just in case folks think that this started with Obama, here’s an article from 1998, where a local sports team offered discounts to people who brought church bulletins to the game: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/12/25/sports/plus-baseball-minor-leagues-discrimination-issue-in-maryland.html
    (FYI, the suit was dropped when the team agreed to also accept bulletins from civic & non-profit orgs. Based on that, I’m thinking that if Mary’ Diner was sued, maybe accepting “moments of mediation” in addition to prayer, as the owner said she did, might be a way to win the suit, or at least get it dropped.)

  • Proudusagirl

    I am so sick of Atheists Threatening Lawsuits and/or Violence if they find something they don’t like. NEWS flash all Atheists: There are many many more Godly people in this country and this world then there are Athists. YOU are now violating MY rights on freedom of religion. Why can’t you just look the other way if you don’t like something? Pretend it is not there. I do it all the time when I see Athist signs and other things. If I can do it, way can’t you?

    • Cvb

      Really? How does this violate your rights in freedom of religion? No one is suggesting you can’t pray. Please, explain how this violates you.

      • Katepatate

        Believe me, it won’t be long before they are offended by seeing someone pray in public. They already have taken all prayer our of schools even when the school majority is Christian. I am sick of you atheists too. You are very angry, intolerant, vicious people. God is watching everything you do.

        • Cvb

          And so prayer should be taken out of public school. It has no place there. What happens if/ when the majority is a religion other than yours? Would you want their prayer in public school then? No , I didn’t think so. Careful what you wish for

  • Angel Nova

    Why won’t atheists try it on Muslims and see of they come home alive or come home headless?

    • Cvb

      Oh that’s very nice Angel. Tell me, do you know any Muslims? No…. I didn’t think so.

      • Katepatate

        We see them every day on the news killing Christians, Jews, beheading people. What are we suppose to think of them? And they riot when things don’t go their way. You did see the riots in France, didn’t you?

        • Cvb

          Those are radicals. They do not represent all Muslims. Sounds like you don’t know any Muslims either

  • Peter Richards

    We need a Freedom From Oppressive Religion Coalition- in this case against the atheists.

  • Katepatate

    You are not with happy people when you are with atheists. They don’t like being convicted of their sins, but they are anyway. Just don’t acknowledge it.

  • cant_believe_it

    Paying for praying – only hypocritical, greedy, materialistic Pharisees would whine that the restaurant gave up that policy!