In their letter stating why they are dropping the discount, Mary’s claims (with sarcastic underlines) that they are told they must “protect your freedom from religion in a public place.”
Well, no. That’s not what the discrimination letter was about at all. Mary’s was offering a discount to members of one faith over another. Something that is actually prohiited by law. Nothing prevents their patrons from still praying. They are even still allowed to encourage it. What they are not allowed to do it give a sizable discount (15%) based on religion.
What religions are the discriminating against? The obvious answer is Athiests who would not to pray, but I would arguer the group this is most discriminating against is Christians.
5 “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 others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you
-Matthew 6:5-6New International Version (NIV)
The Bible pretty much expressly forbids public prayer in this verse, yet if I am following it I do not get a discount. I’m sure that the owners of Mary’s are meaning well, and trying to promote what they see as good, Christian behavior. And yet, it directly contradicts the Bible. (As does School prayer, prayer before government meetings, ext)