mscarber at PEPPERDINE.EDU
Sat Aug 8 15:12:55 PDT 1998
Suppose the Suns' owner announced that 25% of the gate receipts from a particular
night's game would be given to the Christian churches in the area (split equally,
with Christian defined the way the owner sees it). Could non-Christian attendees
claim that this was illegal religious discrimination? My analysis would be that
each attendee is charged the same--thus no discrimination--and what the owner
wants to do with his money is his business. I suppose his right to contribute to
churches as he sees fit is protected free exercise. Agreed?
Mark S. Scarberry
Ed Darrell wrote:
> I've read several articles about these promotions in other places. Does
> anyone else remember the other cases?
> I am particularly curious about the college team with a noon, Sunday broadcast
> slot on ESPN (if I remember the tale correctly), who offered discounts or free
> admission to anyone showing up with a church bulletin. It only took someone
> who could tell time to realize that, since churches get out about noon, people
> who took advantage of the offer would have had to have skipped the service.
> Could that team argue as a defense against a claim of discrimination, that
> their offer actually encouraged people to stay away from churches?
> I tend to agree with J. E. McNeil that the offense is one of just not
> thinking, and being unconsciously inhospitable.
> Ed Darrell
> Dallas, Texas
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