Reader John Danley, a guitarist, informed me that a company called “Strings and Beyond,” which specializes in selling guitar strings, will give you a 5% discount on your order if you use a coupon labeled “Jesus Christ.” It’s just another case of promulgating Christianity, though, to be sure, the company says that the discount (offered through a company called “Retail Me Not” will work for nonbelievers:
Here’s the coupon itself:
Now I suppose you could pin this on the “Retail Me Not” site, but surely the code was specified by Strings and Beyond. But I’m informed by those who know that this is not a First Amendment violation, because it’s not discriminatory, and thus doesn’t violate the Civil Rights Act. It’s also unclear whether this firm is a “place of public accommodation” (places to get food, a rest, or amusement), which are the only places covered by the Act. But the lack of discrimination rules this out as being any kind of legal violation. It’s simply the annoying promulgation of Christianity.
One more thing: guess which part of the U.S. harbors this company? If you know the country, you have a 100% chance of being right.
I am saddened to say that John (he was fine with me giving his name) actually USED this discount, selling his soul to save $2.13. When I mock-yelled at him because of this, his response was “I used a version of the Woody Allen defense to avoid cognitive dissonance: ‘But I needed the strings.'” (You’ll recognize the joke if you’re a Woody Allen fan.)
After further communication, John added this: “Believe me, it’s the most Jesus ever did for me. I’m waiting for the ISIS group discount on sheet music: ‘Abu Bakr.'”