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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mary’s Gourmet Diner was featured in a segment on Tuesday’s episode of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
The segment looked at the controversy over discounts given to some customers who prayed or paused before their meals.
The news of the discount gained attention on social media earlier this year, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation protested, saying the restaurant was giving a discount to people for praying and was discriminatory to atheists.
Daily Show-correspondent Jordan Klepper interviewed restaurant co-owner Mary Haglund, patrons at the restaurant who said they were atheists and didn’t feel discriminated against, and FFRF representative Dan Barker, who compared his group’s fight against the discount to the Civil Rights movement.
When Klepper pointed out that people didn’t need to pray but simply pause before their meal, Barker disagreed.
“What atheist would pray to a non-entity? No one does that,” Barker said.
“One who doesn’t want to pay full price for a BLT,” Klepper replied.