Individuals do make a difference!

My friend Christina recently wrote a post about discrimination in her local area.

Last week I stopped at a local Lion’s Choice fast food restaurant (a Franchise in the St. Louis area and Oklahoma) to grab a bite to eat, and saw this:

 


Churchgoer discount

My reaction to this was much like that of Jeff Wagg, who found a similar discount being offered at Denny’s a few years ago. While waiting in line, I just stared at the sign in disbelief, then snapped the requisite picture with my cell phone. Once it was time for me to order my food, I had a conversation with the cashier that went kind of like this:

Me: So, if I am not a churchgoer and do not attend church, how can I get a 10% discount?

Cashier: Sorry, you can only get a 10% discount if you bring in your church program, or if you’re a senior.

Not wanting to be terribly pushy, I simply said, “I see…” and ordered my food.

I find it especially interesting that the word “current” is specifically underlined and written in red chalk instead of yellow chalk. I think this is meant to imply that you are only supposed to get the discount if you currently go to church – if you go find your old church program from back in the day before you denounced religion or became a C&E Christian, you can’t get the discount. I think that it implies not that you have gone to church, but that you currently do go to church.

She recently wrapped the happy ending to the saga up in another post.  Our movement is winning because it is made up of individuals who take effective action.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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