But they cannot leave well enough alone.
Here’s how FFRF explains it:
the ‘promotional practice favors religious customers and denies customers who do not pray and non-believers the right to “full and equal” enjoyment of Mary’s Gourmet Diner’.”
Like those in the abortion industry who feel it’s still not enough that abortion is almost everywhere legal right up to birth (assuming you can find a doctor willing to kill your child at that late stage), but won’t be satisfied until the “stigma” is gone and everybody accepts abortion as being just like any other medical procedure, and we Catholics dutifully “keep our rosaries off their ovaries” (as that bizarro chant goes), so too with militant atheists.
After all, no one is targeting them for their unbelief or trying to shove religion down their throats. No one is persecuting them. They are perfectly free not to believe anything they don’t want to. But that’s not enough. They won’t be happy until every vestige of religion disappears from the public view. It’s not tolerance they seek, but a world with no trace of God.
Example: What harm comes to FFRF from a 7’ statue of Jesus, erected 60 years ago to honor fallen WWII soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division, on a remote mountain top in Montana for which the Knights of Columbus have had a special use permit? Who knows? But it has to go (according to another of their lawsuits).
There are plenty of agnostics and atheists who are very good people, who believe in pluralism and diversity and do not go around trying to eradicate all expressions of faith outside the walls of a church or synagogue. FFRF is doing them a disservice, too.
We close with the poignant hand-written sign that Mary has posted in the window of her Gourmet Diner:
No offense taken, Mary, and I hope you don’t mind, but I’m calling the Becket Fund.
Susan Willsis Spirituality Editor of Aleteia’s English edition.