A devastating new discovery has occurred in Searcy, Arkansas.
Life, it seems, is not fair.
The whistle has been blown. This earth-shattering news was discovered by an atheist who was upset when a local business offered a discount to people who bring in a church bulletin.
The atheist was offended. He/she was discriminated against. In a world where everyone gets a trophy just for showing up, this. Is. Not. Fair.
Here’s the rundown from the site, The Friendly Atheist.
The latest brouhaha involves Bailey’s Pizza in Searcy, Arkansas, where owner Stephen Rose will take 10% off your meal if you bring in a church bulletin (see above sign). But since that discriminates against non-Christians, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent him a warning letter (on behalf of a local resident)…
…It’s not about a $0.45 discount. It’s about allowing a public business to give discounts to customers if they promote one particular religion. It also wouldn’t be okay, by the way, to give discounts to customers who said “God is dead” when they walked through the doors.
If Rose really wants to help out his customers, there are plenty of easy fixes: He could just give the discount to everybody. He could give the discount to anyone who brings in a bulletin from *any* religious or non-religious service. He could also just calm down and stop acting like he’s the victim of some atheist “attack” — that’s the actual word used in the New York Daily News headline.
Aw, muffin….you must be so upset. It just isn’t fair that a free market allows business owners to deem what they want to do with their own businesses. My goodness. The people in the world today, thinking they can do whatever they want like that, without worrying about offending someone. /end sarcastic sympathetic mom voice/
A free market is a market system in which the prices for goods and services are set freely by consent between sellers and consumers, in which the laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government, price-setting monopoly, or other authority. (Wikipedia)
I’m offended that these people are offended. I’m offended that the solution to anything that hurts someone’s feelings is, “They are discriminating against me because of bla bla bla and I demand my rights,” instead of, “Well, that person is a jerk so I will not support their business with my dollars.” For the record, I’m also offended by the word “offended” and it’s vast overuse in America by people who whine about every-darned-thing.
Give me a break. Suck it up, Buttercup.
Life is not fair. Accept it. Move on.
When you own a business you should be able to give discounts to whomever you choose. Let the free market decide if you’re right or wrong. If you’re wrong, people won’t do business with you and your bank account will suffer. Why does everything require this idiotic political correctness?
I’ll tell you why.
Because we live in a world that has cushioned people to such a stunning degree that everyone grows up thinking that life will be fair.
That they are special and unique little snowflakes.
That they deserved to be coddled.
That they showed up at the game so they should, by golly, get a trophy.
That they are entitled to have access to every single privilege offered to others, even if they haven’t earned it.
Using this logic, isn’t my mother’s AARP discount discriminatory and ageist? How come she gets a discount just because she’s older than me? That’s not fair!
Isn’t ladies’ night at the local bar discriminatory and sexist? Why do all of those chicks get half price drinks when men have to pay full price? That’s not fair!
The Friendly Atheist assures us those things are totally different, but his argument seems pretty weak.
In case you’re curious, what Rose is doing is very different from senior citizens discounts (which are legal because it’s not actually about age discrimination) and ladies’ nights (which are legal in most states for reasons that have nothing to do with gender discrimination). Rose says he also offers discounts to police officers, military personnel, etc. All of those things are fine. What he can’t do is charge atheist cops a higher price than Christian cops — and that’s effectively what he’s doing with his current discount.
So, according to that argument, it’s discrimination because….ummm…oh, well, no real reason.
In reality, aren’t the atheists discriminating against the Christians who are discriminating against the atheists who are…wait, this is getting kind of silly. False cries of discrimination are usually silly. They get in the way of anyone taking real claims of discriminatory actions seriously.
Freedom From Religion Foundation claims that Bailey’s Pizza’s action is discriminatory because of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, which requires business to offer services regardless of race, color, religion or national origin.
But the pizza shop is not denying service to anyone. They aren’t saying that only Christians can dine at their establishment. No one is being forced to sit in the back of the bus or drink from another water fountain. They are offering a discount and they have every right to do so in their own business.
The First Amendment to the Constitution – the whole reason the country was founded in the first place – supports the restaurant’s right to allow their faith a place in their business dealings:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Constitution trumps the whiny “It’s not faaaaiiiirrr” mentality of the FFRF.
To those who are “offended,” exercise your freedom. If you don’t like it, get your pizza somewhere else.
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