Sharon Prudhomme is one of the owners of Prudhomme Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, Pennsylvania which has been in business for over twenty years. Just the sound of anything cajun makes my mouth water and apparently it does the same for a host of people in the area. However, one customer's appetite left him and now he has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant.
The owners provide a ten percent discount on Sundays for customers who bring in a church bulletin. Apparently you don't even have to have attended church, just bring in a bulletin to get the discount.
Athiest John Wolff filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and claims that he is being discriminated against because he does not attend church. When he should have been laughed out of town for such a claim, the Commission is now investigating.
“I did this not out of spite, but out of a feeling against the prevailing self-righteousness that stems from religion, particular in Lancaster County,” he said.
“I don’t consider it an earth-shaking affair, but in this area in particular, we seem to have so many self-righteous religious people, so it just annoys me.”
“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,” he said.
This has to rank right up there among the most stupid things I've heard. The argument of Mr. Wolff would be like me suing McDonald's because I'm not old enough to get the senior discount! Fortunately the restaurant's attorney has similar thinking.
"I think we're so incensed at this point that God ... religion and particularly Christianity [are] being treated as something toxic and poisonous and undeserving to be in the closet," Wenger comments. "It's one thing when government does it -- that's bad enough. But now, for government to be forcing, or trying to force, a private restaurant owner to treat religion as something toxic, I think just has a lot of people upset."
"The agency should have looked at this thing and just thrown it out from the get-go because they're not supposed to investigate claims that are frivolous," Wenger asserts. "Here you've got somebody who's basically just saying hey -- church attendance is a good thing, and anybody who brings in a church bulletin, we're going to give a ten-percent discount on Sundays."
Prudhomme told the York Daily Record that she does not even go to church, but believes that how you handle yourself and treat others is important. She simply used the church bulletin discount as a marketing tool, not some sort of religious outreach.
"We're the kind of place where everybody can come," she said of her restaurant."
"It's just one of those things," she said. "We have people who say we should do everything they want, and bend over backwards."
"I'm an American. This is an independent restaurant. I can do as I wish and I'm going to continue to offer the church-bulletin discount."
When the State suggested that she sign an agreement the offers discounts to any civic organization in town, Mrs. Prudhomme blasted them. She told Fox News, “I said, ‘Wait a minute – you’re asking my husband and I to give anybody coming through my door a discount?’”
“They said yes.”
“This is our business. We’re the ones paying the taxes. We need the people coming in. Our life is in this – and then to have someone come along and tell me what I can do and what I can’t do?”
The State has no business regulating the discounts of business owners. They just don't.
It's amazing how some people like Mr. Wolff just cannot accept the fact that his civil rights were not violated, but he has to go and try and violate the civil rights of the restaurant owners. If you are in the Pennsylvania area, I encourage you to support the Prudummes.Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.