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Mary’s Gourmet Diner the Target of an Attack


Susan E. Wills - published on 08/08/14 - updated on 06/08/17

But they cannot leave well enough alone.

Here’s how FFRF explains it:

“Even if the practice [at Mary’s] were inclusive of customers who engaged in prayer to all types of gods (e.g., Allah, Zeus, Satan), [really, you can’t make this stuff up!]
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:

"We at Mary’s value the support of ALL our fellow Americans. While you may exercise your right of religious freedom at this restaurant, by praying over your meal to any entity or non-entity, we must protect your freedom from religion in a public place. We are no longer issuing the 15% praying in public discount. It is illegal and we are being threatened by lawsuit. We apologize to our community for ANY offense this discount has incurred."

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.

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