Business is booming for a Pennsylvania restaurant
recently challenged by an atheist activist.
Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen in
Columbia, Pennsylvania decided to try and increase its Sunday
business by running a promotion that allowed people to bring in a
church bulletin and get a discount on their meal. But Sharon
Prudhomme says that began the restaurant's spat with an atheist
named John Wolff.
"Apparently that ruffled some of this feathers and he got upset
about it and called the Human Relations Commission, in which case
they … then sent down a 16-page complaint form that we were
discriminating," the owner explains. "This gentleman, Mr. Wolff,
had thought that we were discriminating against him and any others,
as he said he was an atheist."
Although 35 restaurants in the area do the same promotion, Wolff
singled out the Lost Cajun Kitchen. In response, Prudhomme invited
Wolff to bring his membership card from the Freedom From Religion
Foundation to the restaurant and promised he would receive the same
"His response: he said, 'I couldn't be bothered.' So, he had
never been here, he had never come here [and] he had never had any
intention of coming," Prudhomme concludes. "He just happened to see
our ad and decided that that was going to be something that would
ruffle his feathers and whatnot."
The Prudhommes have hired an attorney and will respond to the
allegation of discrimination, but they have no intention of caving
to Wolff or the Human Relations Commission. Meanwhile, the ordeal
has generated booming business for the restaurant.