Reciting John 3:16 gets customers a discount at a Texas service station
" A Christian-owned Kwik Kar Lube & Service in Plano lets customers who recite a Bible verse get a $19.99 oil change.
When one non-believing customer refused, his bill went up to $46, sparking controversy over the deal.
Charlie Whittington, who owns the station and came up with the deal, is standing firm on his faith, despite complaints from Marshall Wei, who just wants the same perks as those who did recite the popular Christian declaration of faith: “For God so loved that world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The coupon Wei received said customers must quote the verse to get the $19.99 price.
Dallas attorney Andy Siegel told the station that as a private business, the Bible-based discount seems to be within the law, though he added, “The study of the Bible has many rewards. I’m not sure that God intended a lube discount to be among its many riches.”
Friendly Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta highlighted the case in a recent post.
“How come it’s always Christians who seem to do things like this?,” he asked. “You never see an atheist business owner saying she’ll give you a discount if you say ‘God is a myth.’”
A number of religious retailers use symbols and slogans of their faith and advertising (think Forever 21's John 3:16 shopping bags, Bible verses on In-N-Out wrappers or Christian Brothers Automotive's slogan to “Glorify God…”), but it’s far less common to see customers of a certain tradition singled out like at this Plano business.
What do you think? Should Christian customers get special treatment at Christian businesses? "