Freethought Today · September 2012

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Church Bulletin Roundup

Restaurant frames FFRF complaint letter

Blue Ridge Mountain BBQ in Blue Ridge, Ga., stopped a preferential 10% discount for churchgoers after gettomg Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt’s June 26 letter. The restaurant also offered free meals for pastors dining with a paying customer. 

On July 5, FFRF received confirmation that not only had the sign offering the church discount been removed, but it had been replaced by a framed copy of FFRF’s letter of complaint.


FFRF adds ‘nones’ to ‘All Faiths Day’

The West Michigan Whitecaps baseball team, which plays in Comstock Park, Mich., decided after getting FFRF’s complaint that any publication would qualify for an “All Faiths Day” promotion. Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt wrote the team president July 18 about the discriminatory promotion offering half-price seats for people with church bulletins.

A team attorney replied Aug. 9: “In actual practice, the Whitecaps accept any secular publication, such as school newsletters, community recreation department fliers, apartment and home association newsletters, municipal newsletters, and trade association newsletters and publications. . . . If a patron brought an FFRF newsletter, they would be given the same discount as a patron bringing a church bulletin.” 


FFRF letter ends Georgia discount

A 20% church bulletin discount at Las Banderas Mexican Restaurant in Valdosta, Ga., was ended after Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt complained Aug. 16. The owner agreed in a phone call Aug. 22 to end the discount and remove the promotion from the restaurant website.

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