An Arkansas pizza shop very well may lose some dough in a discrimination lawsuit over its recent publicity stunt. Bailey’s Pizza, which opened last month, had a bold new idea.
Taking a page from the Good Book of the restaurant that offers 15% for praying in public, despite the Bible’s explicit instructions not to pray in public, Bailey’s owner thought a great way to kick off his business would be to practice religious discrimination in a very open manner.
On Sundays, customers receive a 10% discount if they can prove they attended church. When a commenter, username Bong Hits For Jesus, wrote, “Good luck on your discrimination lawsuit,” owner Steven Rose said he did not pay much attention. “I didn’t give much credence to it,” he said.
Soon after, Rose received a swift lesson in treating people of all creeds (or lack thereof) equally when a local resident reported the company to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The organization sent Rose a letter demanding that the discount be removed.
“The law requires places of public accommodation to offer their services to customers without regard to race, color, religion or national origin,” Elizabeth Cavell, an attorney for the FFRF, told KTHV-TV.
Rose insists that he didn’t intend to exclude anyone–he just wants everyone to go to church! “I didn’t want to exclude anyone,” said Rose explained. “It was just like giving a discount to the Boy Scouts or the military and they made it an ugly thing.”
“From their argument, if I’m giving a discount to the elderly, it’s agism. If I give one to police offers, I’m prejudiced against people who aren’t police officers,” Rose added, pretending that those things in some way are the same as a specific faith.
However, Rose has no intent to offer a discount that includes all faiths. “Short of [a judge’s ruling] there’s nothing that they’re going to say to me that makes me waver on what I believe,” he said.
In fact, it doesn’t even exclude atheists, according to the owner. “I didn’t say you had to go to church. I said come in with a church bulletin,” Rose said said. He pointed out that some churches publish their Sunday bulletins on their websites. Rose said that atheists “can download it and bring it in.”
Rose told The Blaze that this is an effort to distract from ISIS and joblessness. “I really wonder if this is the best use of their resources. What are they doing about ISIS, what are they doing about joblessness?,” he said. “My 45-cent discount — that’s a battle they should [wage]?