Diner gets rid of prayer discount

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A North Carolina diner that made headlines for offering a discount to praying customers is now upholding equal prices for all.

Mary’s Gourmet Diner had been giving a 15 percent discount to diners who prayed before their meal for the past four years, but the practice shot into public view when a Christian music radio station posted a photo of a receipt with the discount to Facebook last month.

The discount was open to customers of all religions, but those of no religion were excluded. Elizabeth Cavell of the Freedom from Religion Foundation wrote to the diner’s owner, Mary Haglund, in opposition to the policy, explaining it was illegal and showed unjust favoritism.

The letter was successful, and the diner stopped offering the discount. A sign posted outside the restaurant read, “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.”

See the Huffington Post for more on this story.

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  • jamiegreco

    Let me start by saying I’m not a Christian and I firmly believe in the separation of church and state, but I don’t get why a private restaurant can’t offer a discount for any reason they see fit.

  • Nina Talso

    This country was founded so that we could choose to worship as we pleased…..238 years later we cannot worship when and where we please, we cannot enjoy the freedom to run our own businesses as we please and we cannot care for our own,……..too sad.