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Published On: Sat, Sep 6th, 2014

Baily’s Pizza continues ‘Church bulletin discount’ despite Freedom From Religion threats

The Christian-owned pizza parlor in Arkansas continued national attention by affirming they will continue offering a discount for diners who brought in a church bulletin on Sundays. Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened the owners with a lawsuit, asserting the discount excluded atheists.
Bailey's Pizza: the discount has angered atheists  photo/Bailey's Pizza Facebook page

Bailey’s Pizza: the discount has angered atheists photo/Bailey’s Pizza Facebook page

Bailey’s Pizza, which only opened in August, was quickly contacted by the atheist group and, after the media storm, even received a bomb threat over their promotion. Owner Steven Rose says that he will not stop offering churchgoers the 10 percent discount.

There is no secret about Bailey’s being a Christian business, featuring a “scripture wall” with a plaque that reads, “God is the center of our lives, so our scripture wall is at the center of Bailey’s Pizza!” Customers are encouraged to read the scripture written on the wall or ask a server for a marker to write their own.
“The law requires places of public accommodation to offer their services to customers without regard to race, color, religion or national origin,” FFRF attorney Elizabeth Cavell said.
The restaurant also received a bomb threat through its Facebook page. One unidentified individual said that Bailey’s “better get the bomb squad out” and “stand fast and get blown up quicker.” The police were notified of the threat.
Rose says he has no plans of removing the discount. According to Christian legal group Advocates for Faith and Freedom, Rose is not violating anti-discrimination laws because Bailey’s will provide services to anyone.
“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,” Rose said.
“It has nothing to do with excluding anybody,” Rose contended. “It’s not specific to any church. It’s another way to bring people in and make them feel welcome.”

Rose says the church bulletin discount is just one of the many special offers he makes available to customers of Bailey’s Pizza.

“I offer discounts to others, too, like college students, teachers, military, police, and senior citizens,” he said. “It was just like giving a discount to the Boy Scouts or the military and [FFRF] made it an ugly thing.”

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