Gnu Irrational Intolerance

Given the closed-mindedness and arrogance of the Gnu atheists, it should not surprise anyone that such a group would display extreme, irrational intolerance:

A Pennsylvania atheist has filed a complaint against a restaurant that offers a 10 percent discount for customers who provide a church bulletin on Sundays.

John Wolff filed a complaint against Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen of Columbia to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, arguing that the discount is discriminatory since he does not attend church

Wolff, who has been involved in a group called Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, told local media that he first learned of the discount when looking at the website of the restaurant.

“I was a little taken aback because they provide a discount for churchgoers,” said Wolff in an interview with Lancaster Online.

“That rubbed me a bit the wrong way. It’s not a big deal in itself and I have no animosity towards Prudhomme’s, but I do bear a grudge against a religious right that seems to intrude on our civil rights.”

Prudhomme explained that when she was first informed about the complaint filed by Wolff, as well as the letter of protest from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, she thought it was a “prank.”


According to the Human Relations Commission, Prudhomme has 30 days from when the complaint was filed to issue a written response.



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9 Responses to Gnu Irrational Intolerance

  1. Bilbo says:

    I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t know what is or isn’t covered under civil rights cases. From my lay position, I could see where the atheist might have a case. Perhaps an out of court settlement might be to permit non-religious programs to suffice for a Sunday discount. It sounds like the restaurant owner just wants to drum up Sunday business, regardless of one’s religious views.

  2. Crude says:

    He doesn’t have a case, and here’s why.

    All you have to do to get the discount is provide a church bulletin. If the church bulletins are available freely to anyone who requests one – and odds are, they are – then nothing is stopping this twit from getting either the bulletin or his discount. It’s no different than asking for a flyer from a grocery store to get a discount. If that bulletin can in fact be grabbed by anyone, he’s sunk.

    Now, the one way he could conceivably have a case – and even here, it’s a stretch – is if he said it was against his religious beliefs to enter a church or grab a bulletin, and this was akin to offering a discount for consuming pork, with the intention to discriminate against jews and muslims. I would be delighted, absolutely delighted, to see him admit this in court.

    No, this is the usual case of Cult of Gnu style atheist adhering to one of the pillars of their faith – being as annoying as possible.

  3. Bilbo says:

    You might be right, Crude, and if you are a lawyer, I will bow to your expertise. Otherwise, I’ll wait until such an expert offers an opinion.

  4. Crude says:

    You might be right, Crude, and if you are a lawyer, I will bow to your expertise. Otherwise, I’ll wait until such an expert offers an opinion.

    Not a lawyer, but I’ve taken law courses and economic courses that both covered this kind of thing explicitly.

    “I took a class” isn’t very confidence-building, but really, mark my words. This case is either going nowhere, or he’s going to be made a fool of. So long as he doesn’t intimidate the restaurant into simply changing the policy out of fear, which is probably the hope.

  5. Michael says:

    So do restaurants discriminate against me because I don’t get the 10% senior citizen discount that comes from joining an organization (AARP) that I can’t join?

  6. Michael says:

    Last year, around Halloween, the drugstore CVS handed out free goodies to any parents who brought in their kids dressed in a costume. Doesn’t this discriminate against parents who don’t celebrate Halloween?

  7. Crude says:

    So do restaurants discriminate against me because I don’t get the 10% senior citizen discount that comes from joining an organization (AARP) that I can’t join?

    Probably in the most technical sense it is, but also a legal kind of discrimination. Here’s another type of discrimination: early bird specials. The person who eats at 4pm pays a different price than at 11am, for the same exact meal. It’s that kind of “discrimination”.

    But oddly enough, in the atheist’s case? There’s no discrimination whatsoever against him, because he’s entirely capable of going and getting a church bulletin. Anyone can. Unless he can make an argument that (say) his religious faith makes it forbidden for him to enter a church or get a bulletin. And like I said, I would love, absolutely love, to see him pushed into that corner. Even then, it probably wouldn’t fly.

    But could you imagine the hilarity of atheist purity laws? Where the guy can’t go into a church or touch a church bulletin because then he’s unclean and has to spend 3 days fasting and reading The God Delusion before he can mingle with his peers, aka, login to reddit?

  8. stcordova says:

    great point crude regarding bulletins

  9. Bilbo says:

    I asked a lawyer friend of mine and got his opinion:

    The First Amendment regulates the Government. It doesn’t regulate restaurants.
    I would want to know what Federal, State or local laws or ordinance the plaintiff is relying upon. Issues would include whether a “discount” is a form of illegal discrimination. Based only on the information you provided, it seems unlikely to me that he will prevail. If someone came to me with such facts here in Michigan, I would not accept their case unless I was paid in advance.
    The technical answer to your question, however, is “yes.” One is required to “have a case” in order to sue. Since the Atheist “is suing” he must “have a case.” That is not the same question as whether he has a “good” case or a case that he is likely to win.
    Nothing prevents an Atheist from obtaining a church program or bulletin.
    Possession of copy of the Bible does not require that one believe what it says or even attend a meeting of those who do.

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