In my home county of Lancaster, PA an atheist has filed a complaint over a restaurant’s Sunday promotion. The restaurant’s crime: in order to drum up business on Sundays they offered a discount coupon to anyone who presented a bulletin from a church.
Oh the horror!
John Wolff, who is an atheist, filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission against Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia.
Wolff said the practice discriminates against him because he does not attend 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,” said Wolff, a retired electrical engineer.
Sharon Prudhomme, one of the co-owners of the restaurant, said she is not discriminating because diners don’t have to actually attend a church or synagogue service to get a bulletin. She said area religious leaders told her that anyone can walk in a religious building and obtain a bulletin, without attending services.
Prudhomme added that she has no intention of changing the discount program, which she created to bring more traffic into her restaurant on a traditionally slow day.
“I think it’s a waste, to actually give it merit,” she said of the investigation of the complaint.
Christians have a reputation for complaining about every little thing in the world that does not go our way. This reputation is deserved, in my opinion. Usually when Christians complain or boycott the response is along the lines of:
If you don’t like what is on the television, change the channel.
If you don’t like who this company donates money to, just don’t buy their goods.
I think the message should be the same here: if you don’t like the coupon policy for this restaurant, eat somewhere else.