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discipuladc in pagans_in_touch

They don't want Pagan money.

Some topics came up after a recent Wild Hunt article that I thought would make for a good discussion.

Here is the link to the article, in brief, many shops in a town closed down for a day when a Pagan group came to town for a festival because they didn't want money that wasn't sanctioned by God. One woman described her attitude in a way that made it clear that she didn't want any non-Christians shopping at her store.
http://syndicated.livejournal.com/the_wildhunt/603192.html?view=214840#t214840

In the comments, a few key points were made:

Does this woman actually screen all of her customers' religions? What would she do if she came face to face with a Pagan customer? How would she react to a different religion, but one that is probably more well understood, such as a Jewish event in the area or a Jewish customer?

How would these shop-keepers react to discovering that some of their existing regular customers are Pagan or otherwise non-Christian.

Do we really want to financially support bigots anyway?

It rather makes want to wear obvious Pagan (& other small demographic) paraphernalia whenever I shop, to create positive associations and to know where I should avoid shopping.

Comments

Discrimination Laws

The quoted shop owners could be cited for civil rights violations as they stated one of the big no-no's for refusing service discrimination based religion.

Re: Discrimination Laws

Well, they're not specifically turning away only Pagan customers; they're closing early or not opening on the day of a festival sponsored by a Pagan group. They also seem to be trying to say they are doing it based on how they think other people in the area will react and are claiming that their own beliefs are separate from their business decisions. I don't know that 1) any of them said anything explicit enough to really be held accountable, 2) that any local law enforcement gives a damn, or 3) if any national group would think of it as a big enough deal to get involved.