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Christian Owner Under Fire

Friday, August 22, 2014 | Worthy News / Christian

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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

SEARCY (Worthy News)– A Christian restaurant owner is taking more than his kitchen's heat after offering a faith-based discount to his customers.

Steven Rose, the owner of Bailey's Pizza in Searcy, Ark., told TheBlaze that 10 days after posting a 10 percent discount on Facebook for any customer with a church bulletin, he was warned by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that the discount was an act of discrimination.

"The law requires places of public accommodation to offer their services to customers without regard to race, color, religion or national origin," attorney Elizabeth Cavell told KTHV-TV.

But Rose said no one needs to be a churchgoer to receive his faith-based discount.

"I didn't say you had to go to church. I said come in with a church bulletin."

However, Rose has been encouraged by the support showed him after receiving the FFRF complaint, especially from conservative firms that have offered legal assistance.

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8 thoughts on “Christian Owner Under Fire

    • It's a sign that the Freedom From Religion Foundation needs to mind its own "business" and stop interfering with Christian entrepreneurs.

  1. XAVIER AND JOE: Remember Barney? How about…I rule you, you rule me, see how miserable we can be, with the cops and the swat and ISIS at our door, just bury your head and sing no more. Repeat in a louder tone…Well you get my drift.
    Doesn't sound like freedom anything to me… This has always been a free country (all my life), but now a few have decided they could take over and nobody was going to stop them. Everything comes to end sooner or later.

    • DAVID: Then those who charge more would also be discriminating…Anyone who didn't want to patronize them wouldn't have too. They could spend their money someplace that didn't do that. We do still have options and choices and hopefully some common sense. I said hopefully, but then it seems to be dwindling down daily for some reason. Faith based can patronize faith based and all the rest can do the rest.

  2. I'm a little confused by the legal position that the FFRF is offering here: "The law requires places of public accommodation to offer their services to customers without regard to race, color, religion or national origin," attorney Elizabeth Cavell told KTHV-TV. It doesn't seem as though a-theists are being denied services at all. They just aren't getting a discount. Would they complain if an owner offered discounts to those wearing a St. Louis baseball cap? (In St. Louis, Cardinal baseball IS a religion after all. :-))

    I mean, if an a-theist restaurant owner wishes to offer a discount for their kind should they bring in a baby doll without limbs and coated in red paint (since 97% of a-theists support baby dismemberment, provided she is in the womb of course) I wouldn't sue them. Oh no: I gave away their next move! :-) Besides, all the a-theists have to do is bring in a program brochure from their latest "There is no God, and I hate Him" conference, and that surely qualifies as a "church" bulletin.

  3. There was a similar case with Prudomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, PA a couple of years ago. The judge threw the case out, as they indicated you just had to have a copy of a bulletin and didn't have to attend the church, synagogue, etc., from where the bulletin came.

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