Some businesses readily demonstrate a preference for religiosity or have overtly religious management teams. One example is Chick-fil-A which cites religion as reasons for closing on Sunday and opposing gay marriage.

1. Are you, as a consumer, less likely to spend at a business that is overtly religious? Why or why not?

2. Do you keep track of which businesses bill themselves as religious, which have taken no public stance, and which are run by atheists? Do you know of any resources for keeping track?

3. Say you pulled into a gas station and read this message on the pump. Would you still buy gas there? Say you have a choice between a Catholic hospital and a secular hospital. Do you avoid the Catholic hospital because it is Catholic?

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If I'd been aware of behavior like this on their part, I'd have ceased shopping there much sooner (not that I shopped there all that much anyhow).

I really don't see how they can get away with that. That's discrimination on the basis of creed, and is a federal offense.

I don't think I would go out of my way to avoid a religious business unless they've demonstrated some type of negativity such as discrimination towards a particular group of people. I wouldn't be a customer of the Chick-Fil-A because of their opposition of gay marriage nor would I buy gas from a station that has a crazy statement on the pump such as the one pictured above. However, if I needed to have surgery done and I saw the operating staff in a circle praying the way it's shown in the picture above I'd be scared out of my mind lol. 

Wow, that's an interesting story. I think I would be fine in that situation myself as long as I don't see them praying that the procedure goes well beforehand. That must've been annoying that they kept persisting after you tried to explain that you don't follow any religion. The religious accommodation thing sounds like they would have a priest who represents your faith come in to do a prayer for you if you were there for a procedure in which the percent chance of success was low. I'm guessing obviously, but it still sounds strange.

I'm glad the procedure went well for your wife!

You could put "Jedi Knight" on the form, and see if they will send Yoda to counsel you.  Jedi is a religion, if you wiki it, there's an explanation of how it came to be one.

Not many businesses in Canada would ever want to associate themselves with religion.  I will terminate a transaction midstream, however, if I get a 'bless you' out of a sales clerk - asking to talk to management and making a big deal about wanting a sane person to process my sale.  That's only happened a couple times in the past 10 years though.

Really? Even if it was a good bargain? 

I can get the same bargain and a sane clerk to process my sale.  I don't need some nutcase who believes in the boogieman processing my sale because I don't know what else they might believe - like saving their own soul by using my credit card info to donate a thousand dollars to some televangelist.

Either you are far more hard core than I am, or you realize that it won't happen much there.  Here, I might have to raise a fuss almost every time I shop.  OK, not that bad, but I don't care to put forth that much effort.

And, I'm of the opinion that if I were to take up a policy like that, it may do more harm than good for my position, public relations wise.

It really doesn't happen much here.  I've found that the believers mostly tend to be country folk -> and even then most aren't very vocal.  I've been back in the city for almost 3 years and I've only run into one bible-thumper and 2 people who said they believed in Gawd when the subject came up.  I've met more Scientologists than Christians here and the majority of religious people I've met have been Muslim.

I've never had a cashier try to "bless me" (unless I sneezed). But when I was a cashier, I got a lot of customers blessing me.

Most shops here do not promote a specific brand of christianity or theism and no one really promotes any such theme unless you go to catholic bookshop which is within the church precinct. I just shop anywhere.


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