Was in the grocery store yesterday and overheard a conversation. A woman affiliated with a local church was asking the meat department guy about the 10 percent discount afforded to churches. She was trying to verify if the discount was still in effect. Isn't it great that we let these churches collect monies tax free from their members and go to the local grocery store and get discounts on food. I'm jealous.

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Comment by Mabel on April 5, 2012 at 11:06am

I never heard of a store giving customers a discount for being church goers. Must have been owned by a Christian. That's just wrong. I'd like to see him try notifying customers he gives discounts to "white's only".  It is the same thing on many levels. Even the church goers would be enraged. How hypocritical is that?

Comment by Artor on April 5, 2012 at 11:28am

Meh. If an owner wants to give discounts to members of his club, that's his business. If you don't care for the club, then that tells you something about the business & whether you want to patronize it or not. The local fabric store here used to give discounts to members of the SCA, who do alot of costuming.

Comment by Mabel on April 5, 2012 at 11:51am

Artor - I don't think it is the same thing in the sense that members of the SCA (your example) is not the same thing as "church goers". From what I understand the store's discount offer did not stipulate what kind of church or what specific church, just that the customer be a church goer. It is comparable to offering discounts to republicans.

Comment by John Kelly on April 5, 2012 at 4:48pm

People give discounts to churches because they think they are a force for good in the world.  Since churches are the main venue through which most Americans engage moral philosophy, I don't see a problem with it.  I just think it needs to be followed with a demand that churches start giving back a lot more to the community.  I think this would help a lot of people become more pleasant.  That really should be our primary goal.  Not perfection, but rather helping people become more pleasant.  It is a more realistic goal. 

Comment by SteveInCO on April 5, 2012 at 5:46pm

I figure it's a private business and they can do what they want.  And of course I am free to take my business elsewhere too.

In fact when we talk about boycotting or preferring certain businesses because of what they do or do not support we are doing the same thing this store is doing.  There's no difference in principle.

Now if the government were to start doing this, I'd be on them with all fours, snarling.

Comment by Ed on April 6, 2012 at 8:47pm

To clear up any confusion on the issue I believe the lady at the store was a representative of a local church and not acting as an individual. They have the pot luck meals and such periodically for whoever they're feeling charitable for. It would be interesting if the same business would feel motivated to offer the same savings to a secular organization having a similar event.

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