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Restaurant ends discount for prayer over lawsuit threat

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - A restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C. has ended a practice of offering 15-percent discounts to patrons who prayed before their meals because of a threat of a lawsuit.

Mary's Gourmet Diner offered the discount for several years to anyone who took the time to pray before digging in.

A recent Facebook post featuring a receipt with the discount went viral recently and media outlets across the country reported on the practice.

That drew the attention of the Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation.  It sent a letter threatening to sue, using the Civil Right Act as the basis for the suit.

Owner Mary Haglund say that forced her to post a notice saying that she needed to protect customers' freedom from religion and the 15-percent discount was gone.

Haglund, 60, the daughter of a preacher and a missionary, spent her teen years in the Philippines where she said she saw poverty. She says today she's not a religious person, rather a spiritual person, and stresses that those who see every plate of food as a gift should be rewarded.

"I'm so grateful for the beautiful food," she says.
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