A Christian-owned pizza parlor in Arkansas has recently captured national attention for offering a discount for diners who brought in a church bulletin on Sundays.
Bailey’s Pizza, which only opened just last month, has now been harassed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and even received a bomb threat; still, owner Steven Rose says that he will not stop offering churchgoers the 10 percent discount.
Rose had made it clear that Bailey’s is a Christian business. Restaurant features 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.
Rose’s way of running business caused the FFRF to send a threatening letter, accusing the bulletin discount of excluding atheists. “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.
Still, 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.
Publication date: September 4, 2014