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Published:August 4th, 2014 16:00 EST

Restaurant's 'Prayer Discount' Sparks Outrage!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"When Jordan Smith got her tab after breakfast at in Winston-Salem, N.C., she was pleasantly surprised to find a 15 percent discount for praying in public.


Smith, on a business trip, that she and her colleagues prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, `Just so you know, we gave you a 15 percent discount for praying.`

Smith then snapped a photo of her receipt, complete with a line item for 15% Praying in Public ($6.07) and posted it to her Facebook page. Not surprisingly, it`s gone viral."


"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."

Gospel of Matthew 6:5

On more than one occasion I`ve had my meal interrupted by Christians making a Hollywood production out of saying a blessing. It`s one thing to silently say a prayer for your dinner, it`s quite another to loudly thank everyone under the sun for your burger and fries at Burger King.

Most people who say a blessing over their meals in restaurants should be fined or slapped upside the head instead of receiving a discount for their Pharisee-like behavior.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on religion in a public accommodation, such as a restaurant. If the owner of Mary`s Gourmet Diner doesn`t give everyone who prays, regardless if they are praying to Jesus, Buddha, the Goddess or Satan, a discount, she is guilty of discriminating based on religion.

Please pray that "holier than thou" folks won`t jump all over me for condemning their behavior.

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