Milwaukee’s Mexican Fiesta Festival Will No Longer Offer Discounts to Catholics

Last fall, I posted about an event in Milwaukee called Mexican Fiesta, a celebration that’s taken place for over 30 years and was occurring that weekend on public grounds.

The promoters of the event had said that the cost to enter was $13/person… unless you attend Mass, in which case it was only $5:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint letter with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Equal Rights Division on behalf of member Richard Halasz who had to pay more money to come to the festival because he was an atheist.

This week, the organizers of the event settled the case with FFRF and agreed to fix the situation (PDF):

In short, there will be no more discounts for those who attend a religious service and an apology letter will be written to Mr. Halasz. He’ll also get his $8 back :)

FFRF and Halasz agree to stop further action and waive all lawyers’ fees.

Halasz shared his appreciation of FFRF, saying, “I am thankful to the Freedom From Religion Foundation for standing up for our First Amendment and civil rights!”

[FFRF attorney Patrick] Elliott added, “I’m glad to see that this could be mutually resolved and that all attendees will be treated on an equal basis this year.”

It’s a settlement in name only. FFRF clearly came out on the winning side, just as they should have.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.