‘No one cares’: Texas diner faces new lawsuit
Posted On June 16, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas diner whose customers say they were treated unfairly because of her faith has won a lawsuit against the restaurant, claiming it violated her rights.
The Christian church, First Baptist Church of Austin, is the only one of its kind in the country.
Its website boasts of “giving back to the world” by hosting free food drives and helping to feed people in need.
It says the church “believes that all of humanity is deserving of God’s love.”
The lawsuit filed Thursday says the restaurant violated its right to free speech by refusing to serve patrons of a different faith.
It alleges that when the restaurant posted a sign that said “No Christians allowed,” it was the only place in the city where patrons of the other faith could come to eat.
The lawsuit says the sign, posted by the pastor of the church, “made it clear that the restaurant did not welcome Christians, or any other religion.”
The sign was removed by the restaurant.
The restaurant says it is not affiliated with the church and has been doing business with a different pastor.
The pastor did not return calls seeking comment.
The lawsuit says it was filed by a Christian pastor and a Muslim couple who are seeking a temporary restraining order against the church.
It seeks unspecified damages.
In the lawsuit, filed in Travis County District Court, the couple said they have tried to keep their faith private.
The couple said the church’s decision to refuse to serve them violated their rights to religious freedom and equal protection under the law.