Skepticon brought a lot of business this weekend to Springfield, MO. Farmer’s Gastropub probably made a couple grand on it and the local lunch places did bangup business too. But one business right next to the theater where the event was held apparently didn’t want to get any atheist cooties:
Which is almost certainly illegal, since it is discrimination based on religion. But if someone sued, the owners would be all over wingnut media land as examples of horrible persecution and how those evil atheists want to take away their religious freedom. Until some business refuses to serve Christians — and then those people will be all over wingnut media land as examples of horrible persecution and how those evil atheists want to take away their religious freedom. Heads they win, tails we lose.
Update: The owner of the store has now apologized on their website:
To the Public: I sincerely apologize for the posting of the note in the window. It was an impulse reaction to an event that I witnessed and it was only up for a few minutes before I came to my senses and realized it shouldn’t have been up at all.
So you know, nobody was turned away and everyone was given the same high level of service they have come to expect. Out of the hundreds of event attendees that I served on Friday and Saturday, all of them were extremely polite and enjoyed their time in my restaurant. The event that greatly offended me was conducted by one man and I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did.
Even small business owners make mistakes, and I sincerely apologize to those whom I offended.
All the Best,
He doesn’t say what alleged “event” took place to make him so angry but it really doesn’t matter. Again, imagine if the situation was reversed and a business put up a sign declaring that no Christians are welcomed and then said, “Well it was only one Christian who did it, I shouldn’t have reacted the way I did.” The religious right would still be screaming about this terrible anti-Christian bigotry and preparing lawsuits. Apology not accepted. And when I come back to Skepticon next year, there isn’t a prayer — see what I did there? — of me going to this place. I’ll spend my money at a business owned by someone who doesn’t engage in discrimination at the drop of a dime.
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