FFRF serves up a side of freethought to Texas restaurant (Feb. 13, 2012)

Pancho’s Mexican Buffet in Euless, Texas, will no longer offer a special discount to patrons who bring in a church bulletin.

Before FFRF issued a complaint, Pancho’s was in the habit of offering a 10 percent discount to church-goers. Customers were faced with both a counter and online advertisement of the promotion. Several secular customers were denied the discount without a copy of a bulletin in hand. Stephanie Schmitt, FFRF staff attorney, wrote to Pancho’s on Nov. 10, 2011. Schmitt directly referenced the Civil Rights Act: “As a place of ‘public accommodation’ it is illegal for Pancho’s to discriminate, or show favoritism, on the basis of religion.”

After sending an additional letter of complaint, FFRF received word on Feb. 13 that the religious promotion signs were removed. 

Freedom From Religion Foundation