And we have yet another case of discrimination against atheists. At almost exactly the same time as an Oklahoma BBQ joint threw Camp Quest out of their restaurant after agreeing to do a fundraiser with them because they are atheists, Shelley Segal was forced to change venues for a show for the same reason in Tacoma, Washington:
We had originally booked a coffee and ale shop called Anthem in the middle of downtown Tacoma. It was a new venue (for us), the staff was incredibly friendly, and it looked like the perfect all ages venue for a show like this. We discussed doing the event there, and they were on board.
That fell apart this morning, when I received an email from the booking folks. It was a polite, professional email, but the intent was very clear. I’ll quote the relevant part:
This isn’t something that we feel comfortable promoting or hosting because it doesn’t align with what we believe and stand for.
Now legally this may be a bit different from the situation in Oklahoma because they aren’t discriminating against a customer but against a performer. And they have no obligation to book a performer. But it’s still a real asshole move, even if it isn’t illegal.