I’m not sure how these Goons for God can claim any event featuring a cross burning ISN’T racist, but that’s how toxic the word has become, even to stone-cold Christian Identity white supremacists who are putting on a pastors conference for “white Christians only.” (Raw Story):

Residents in Guin, Alabama became outraged earlier this week after they noticed flyers posted around the town that read, “Annual Pastors Conference All White Christians Invited.” The groups Christian Identity Ministries and the Church of God’s Chosen told WIAT that they just didn’t have the “facilities” to accommodate non-whites.

“We’re seldom ever have been invited to black Muslim events and we never have been invited to NAACP events and we never have been invited to join Jewish synagogues events and stuff,” Christian Identity Ministries Pastor William J. Collier explained.

“It has nothing whatsoever to do with any kind of racism or hate or anything like that,” he added. “And anybody who would brand it as that would be a racist and a hater themselves, you know.”

I’m kind of perplexed — what do these people envision constitutes racism? After all, they even call the cross burning  the “Sacred Christian Cross Lighting Ceremony” to symbolize, in their minds, “tyranny.”


Atheist files complaint against restaurant for church bulletin discount

In an interesting turn on religion-based bigotry of another sort — in Pennsylvania, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen has been reported for discrimination to the state’s Human Relations Commission for its practice of offering a 10% discount to diners who bring in a church bulletin on Sundays. Atheist John Wolff pointed out the obvious — that’s a bias against anyone not attending church, never mind whether they are of a particular faith.

“I did this not out of spite, but out of a feeling against the prevailing self-righteousness that stems from religion, particularly in Lancaster County,” Wolff said. “It’s not a big deal in itself and I have no animosity toward Prudhomme’s, but I do bear a grudge against the religious right that seems to intrude on our civil rights, right and left, getting laws passed that favor religion. And this was one more nail and I wanted to do something about it.”

…The Freedom from Religion Foundation, which is helping Wolff with his complaint, claims that discounts based on religion are illegal under the federal Civil Rights Act.

“As a place of ‘public accommodation,’ it is illegal for restaurants, grocery stores or other businesses to discriminate, or show favoritism, on the basis of religion,” the foundation wrote on its website. “Church bulletin discounts are restrictive promotional practices, which favor religious customers and deny customers who do not attend church, and nonbelievers, the right to ‘full and equal’ enjoyment of the restaurant, store or other business.”

Owner Sharon Prudhomme plans on ignoring the complaint, saying “I did check with all churches that I know of and ministers and they have said anyone can grab and go. Come on in grab a bulletin, you don’t have to stay at church, you can take it in and still have a nice dining discount. So, everybody’s covered.”