12/15/09

Ask Grains of Montana to Stop Discriminating Against Atheists

disc1.jpgEarlier this month, we heard from Steve about the Grains of Montana, a restaurant in Biloxi that was offering a 10% discount to anyone who brought in a church bulletin. Steve pointed out many problems associated with this practice, noting, "...it really seems like taking a step backwards socially and ethically to me." Many of our readers agreed, and a lively comment thread soon emerged. Now it is time to let Grains of Montana hear from us.

Steve has already contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation after learning that they recently helped to resolve just such an issue in North Carolina.

At this point, we're calling for a letter writing campaign in order to make sure that the owners of this franchise hear from us and learn that this questionable practice is costing them customers. The mailing address for the Biloxi location is:
Grains Of Montana
1777 Popps Ferry Rd
Biloxi, MS 39532
However, because Grains of Montana is a chain with at least two locations, it may also be helpful to contact the headquarters in Montana. Fortunately, they have a contact form on their website.

We hope to get a sample letter or two up here soon. Some of the main points I plan to hit include the following:
  • Offering this discount discriminates against those who do not attend church by charging them more for the same order. This is a violation of the federal Civil Rights Act.
  • This policy does not seem tourist friendly.
  • This policy penalizes poor churches who may be unable to afford bulletins.
I'll probably also quote the following from the Civil Rights Act:
All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation . . . without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, or national origin.
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