Sunday, July 8, 2012

Atheist's complaint against mom and pop restaurant defies reason

An atheist - John Wolff - filed a complaint against a privately owned family restaurant for offering a 10 percent discount on Sundays to diners who bring in a church bulletin. Wolff filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission against Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia because, according to Wolff, the discount discriminates against him since he doesn't go to church.

"I did this not out of spite, but out of a feeling against the prevailing self-righteousness that stems from religion, particularly in Lancaster County," Wolff told the York Daily Record.

But since Sharon Prudhomme, an owner of the restaurant, made it clear she's not discriminating because one doesn't need to attend church to obtain a bulletin (in just about every church out there, anyone can just walk in and take one), what motives could Wolff have for this complaint other than spite?

The kicker is that Wolff doesn't even eat at the restaurant - he merely saw the discount offer posted on the restaurant's website. So, like many activist atheists, instead of letting private business owners operate as they choose, Wolff opts to cause trouble for the owner. That is what these types of atheists do. It is just another nuisance lawsuit that the ACLU will likely jump on, threaten their own lawsuits and, in general, attempt to bankrupt the restaurant owners.

The problem (for Wolff) is that there is no discrimination going on here. The restaurant would be guilty of discrimination if it charged more to those who didn’t bring in a church bulletin or if it denied service to someone for not being a church goer. But offering a discount is a way to bring in more traffic and many restaurants advertise in church bulletins because it's a convenient, cost-effective method of promoting their business. If advertising that bringing in the bulletin for a discount is wrong, then the ACLU would be very busy pursuing discrimination cases for all the discounts offered for the elderly, military members or even for kids under 12 who get to eat free. 

Getting a discount for bringing in a bulletin is no different than using any other type of coupon. You cannot get a coupon price at any restaurant or store without the coupon. Is that discrimination? No. It's marketing. Wolff is clearly attempting to stir up trouble and make a name for himself. Unfortunately his antics will tie up the courts, cost money and risk ruining it for all small mom and pop restaurants that want to practice this simple way of bringing in more business.

Like typical liberal atheists, Wolff wants everyone to believe what he believes and if they don’t he throws a tantrum to make everyone aware of his disapproval. While he is certainly entitled to his opinion, ruining things for everyone because of it - and at the expense of the most basic freedoms -- is not acceptable.

Meanwhile, Prudhomme said she has no intention of changing the discount program, which she created to bring more traffic into her restaurant on a traditionally slow day. Personally, I hope that the good people of Lancaster County will go to the restaurant in droves as a way of standing up against Wolff's self-righteous control tactics.

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