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Restaurant Receives Complaint For Church Bulletin Discount

The owner says it's his right to give patrons a discount for bringing in church bulletins on Sundays. The Freedom From Religion Foundation disagrees.
Posted at 2:07 PM, Aug 22, 2014

An Arkansas pizza parlor owner offers discounts to customers who bring in a church bulletin, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling it an act of discrimination. KTHV got restaurant owner Steven Rose's opinion on the complaint.

KTHV: "If I'm more in tune to different groups than other groups, it's my business. And I'm American, and it's my right to do that."

But the nonprofit atheist and agnostic group Freedom From Religion Foundation claims it's a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which requires businesses to offer services without discrimination. 

But Rose told The Blaze, “It was just like giving a discount to the Boy Scouts or the military and they made it an ugly thing.”

Nobody has officially won the battle yet. But if you remember back in 2012, an almost identical situation played out. 

A Pennsylvania restaurant offered the exact same 10 percent church bulletin discount on Sundays, and it, too, received a complaint from a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation

The Patriot News reports that situation ended with an agreement. The restaurant continued its bulletin discount but had to change the wording to be fair to all religions.

In this recent case, Rose says he won't stop offering the discount unless he's ordered to by a judge.