Media Courtesy of Fox News
Courtesy of Fox News
Last week, news of a restaurant offering 15% discounts
for praying in public went viral! The restaurant in question is Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem and, unsuprisingly, they've already stopped offering the discount due to threats of a lawsuit.
In an increasingly politically secular-thinking society, one would already had to have anticipated the scrutiny (as well as the occasionally over-the-top praise) which Mary's Gourmet would've undergone when this receipt when public. Indeed, it happened, with everyone and their kitchen sinks getting in on the action, as is all-too-regular these days on such stories, and because of it, the owner had to post a handwritten note
on the front window of her establishment addressing the prayer discount. The note has since gone viral on Twitter:
With that said?
I'm incredibly progressive. Anyone who knows me as a friend would know it. I'm totally for the rights of all individuals, religious or not, to be protected under a mindset which encompasses everybody in as fair a way as possible, which may make you surprised when I say this about this particular act of antiestablishmentanarianism:
It's not fair.
As far as I know in terms of actual legal bounds, it is totally fine for a business to give out random discounts. For example, a restaurant in LA gives discounts for voice impersonations
. Just because it is not inclusive of a cynical, insomnia-addled mindset doesn't make it particularly wrong -- especially not wrong enough to threaten well-meaning people with a lawsuit over. That's just shameful and embarrassing for whichever individuals actually dished this threat out.
She's not even a "Christian nut" as we so often like to chase on the internet! In a message on the restaurant's Facebook page
prior to this controversy going totally full swing, she'd said, "There’s a lot of craziness going on in regard to the 15% discount. ... I will say that it is not a ‘policy’, it’s a gift we give at random to customers who take a moment before their meal. Who you talk to or meditate on etc. is your business."
Totally accepting of any view (at least in a business environment)?
Just wanting to give a discount to those who do good by their faith (or even take "just a moment to breathe & push the busyness of the world away")
, should they choose to practice it?
Yeah, she was a total monster deserving this mess of a situation.
Nice job, world.
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