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Read the Note the Restaurant That Offered a 15% Discount for Praying Released After Threatening Letter from Atheists

Posted by on Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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Read the Note the Restaurant That Offered a 15% Discount for Praying Released After Threatening Letter from Atheists

VIDEO HERE: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/07/read-the-note-the-restaurant-that-offered-a-15-discount-for-praying-released-after-threatening-letter-from-atheists/

The North Carolina diner that had attracted widespread attention because of a 15 percent discount it sometimes gave customers who pray before meals has decided to drop the discount over fears of legal action.

Image source: Winston-Salem Journal

Image source: Winston-Salem Journal

A lawyer from the Freedom from Religion Foundation atheist organization sent a letter to Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, calling the discount illegal under federal civil rights laws, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Image source: Winston-Salem Journal

Image source: Winston-Salem Journal

Mary Haglund, co-owner of the restaurant, dropped the discount over fears of a lawsuit from the foundation, according to WGHP-TV in High Point, North Carolina.

Image source: Winston-Salem Journal

Image source: Winston-Salem Journal

The diner posted a note on its front window Wednesday, the Journal noted, which read:

We at Mary’s value the support of ALL our fellow Americans. While you may exercise your right of religious freedom at this restaurant by praying over your meal to any entity or non-entity, we must protect your freedom from religion in a public place. We are no longer issuing the 15% praying in public discount. It is illegal and we are being threatened by lawsuit. We apologize to our community for ANY offense this discount has incurred.

Image source: Winston-Salem Journal

Image source: Winston-Salem Journal

But Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said there was no threat to sue Mary’s Gourmet Cafe — only a mention that it has won lawsuits in similar venues, the Journal reported. But Gaylor added that a lawsuit against the restaurant “would not have been off the table,” the Journal noted.

“People who are atheists don’t pray,” Gaylor told the Journal, adding that it’s illegal to “charge an atheist more than a Christian.”

News of the restaurant’s unusual price break spread after a customer who prayed over her meal got a discount and then posted her receipt on Facebook, according to HLN.

The receipt made its way onto Z88.3 radio’s Facebook page in Orlando, where it captured the attention of thousands of individuals who both “liked” and shared it on the social network.

Image source: Facebook via TheBlaze

Image source: Facebook via TheBlaze

In an interview with TheBlaze before the discount was dropped, Haglund, 60, said the gesture had nothing to do a specific religion, nor was it ever advertised.

“For me, every plate of food is a gift,” she said. “And I never take that for granted and when I see someone in a restaurant honoring their gratefulness at my table … it touches my heart.”

She told the Journal on Tuesday that calling it a prayer discount may have been “a bad choice of words.”

“It’s just a moment or faithfulness about the plate of food,” Haglund added to TheBlaze. “It’s not even a policy — it’s [something] we only do when we’re moved to do it.”

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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I can't read it but can't bring it up any clearer..if anyone else can..great..

Della529
by Silver Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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LOL...

the 15% praying in public discount.
Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM
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This is why normal everyday people who ordinarily wouldn't hate anyone - hate atheists.

Atheists are consistently the least trusted people in America.

Ranking below pedophiles.

Great work - you all keep it up.

fireangel5
by Bronze Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM
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Didn't threaten to sue but we did say we've won other law suits like this. LOL.  Yeah, that's not a threat, my ass. 

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Yeah, but the next line was 

But Gaylor added that a lawsuit against the restaurant “would not have been off the table,” the Journal noted.

Quoting fireangel5:

Didn't threaten to sue but we did say we've won other law suits like this. LOL.  Yeah, that's not a threat, my ass. 


fireangel5
by Bronze Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Yep, just reinforces that the "not a threat" was indeed a threat and you know damn well a law suit was probably drawn up and ready to file.  So she doesn't give the discount any more. I'll bet her business has picked up and I'm will to guess that there is a lot of praying happening in there. 

Quoting DSamuels:

Yeah, but the next line was 

But Gaylor added that a lawsuit against the restaurant “would not have been off the table,” the Journal noted.

Quoting fireangel5:

Didn't threaten to sue but we did say we've won other law suits like this. LOL.  Yeah, that's not a threat, my ass. 


Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM
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Quoting Della529: LOL... the 15% praying in public discount.

Agree

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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"It is illegal and we are being threatened by lawsuit."

Reap what we sow. 

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Why do you hate atheists? Guessing the other people who "liked" your comment share the same opinion. 

Quoting Billiejeens:

This is why normal everyday people who ordinarily wouldn't hate anyone - hate atheists.

Atheists are consistently the least trusted people in America.

Ranking below pedophiles.

Great work - you all keep it up.


Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Aug. 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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 I hate activist atheists.

(ties back into that mindiing your own business comment from that thread that you are so in love with)

Judging by the polls, most  everyone does.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Why do you hate atheists? Guessing the other people who "liked" your comment share the same opinion. 

Quoting Billiejeens:

This is why normal everyday people who ordinarily wouldn't hate anyone - hate atheists.

Atheists are consistently the least trusted people in America.

Ranking below pedophiles.

Great work - you all keep it up.

 

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