The Wilson County fair had previously said those attendees who brought in a church bulletin would get a $2 discount on admission. This was illegal, considering it was a government-sponsored event, and atheists wanted a discount as well, so the county said they would also accept printouts from atheist websites. Good for them. Crisis averted.
Too bad some Christians in the area are still angry about it.
Check out this letter-to-the-editor in The Tennessean:
I am saddened to see that the Wilson County Fair caved in to pressure from atheist demands to be included on the discounts for God and Country Night at the fair. The fair is under no First Amendment obligation to offer the same discounts to those of no faith in God as it does to who have faith in God.
The First Amendment prohibits Congress from passing any law that establishes a national religion, it says nothing of county fairs offering discounts for showing a church bulletin.
Atheists are not harmed by the discount or kept from not acknowledging the God who created them. They could have walked up and paid the regular fair price just like anyone else that didn’t have a church bulletin and no one would have questioned them or persecuted them.
The idea that offering a discount for showing a church bulletin is a violation of the First Amendment is foolishness and atheists and their buddies at the ACLU should thank whoever it is they thank that they live in a country that tolerates fools as this one does. My sadness is that more and more our country is not just tolerating such fools, but that it is bowing to their absurd demands as the Wilson County Fair did in this case.
Steve Edmondson, Murfreesboro 37129
I’m amazed he could pack that much ignorance in so few paragraphs… No use ripping it apart point by point. I just thought it’d be good for a laugh.
Just keep in mind: the “absurd demands” atheists wanted was the same potential $2 off admission that everyone else was being offered.