Milwaukee Irish Fest caves to Freedom From Religion Foundation, ends free admission promo for Mass-goers
You would think this is from the Onion, but no... Madison, Wis., strikes again.
Freedom From Religion Foundation:
Irish Fest organizers in Milwaukee announced today that they are dropping a promotion that violated civil rights laws by rewarding Mass attendance, in response to a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Irish Fest will now offer everyone who drops off a food donation by 11 a.m. free admittance.
Freedom From Religion Foundation Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott is pleased with the resolution: "We have been going back and worth with Irish Fest officials for the past two years to stop their discriminatory Catholic mass discount [laugh or cry?]. It wasn't until we had local members weigh-in that we seemed to make some progress."
FFRF asked its Wisconsin members on Tuesday to stand up for their rights as local citizens and taxpayers. Not only was the festival excluding nonreligious Wisconsinites, but citizens who practice a religion other than Catholicism.
"We received many strong testimonials from our secular members. Some identified as Irish folk who have been attending the event for years, but do not subscribe to the Catholic faith — or any faith for that matter — and felt ostracized [OSTRACIZED! THE HORROR!] by festival officials," said Elliott.