The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is
threatening the Mexican Fiesta in Milwaukee, but a legal
expert believes the prospect of a lawsuit is slim.
The annual fiesta organizer received a letter from the atheist
group complaining that attendees received a discount this year for
attending a mass prior to the gates opening to the public.
However, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel sees nothing wrong with
"They give discounts to people who are going to
Little League," he points out. "They have those kinds of outreaches
to different kinds of segments of society in order to get people to
come and patronize their place of business. Because an organization
or business does that to a church or a Catholic organization, it
does not establish a religion and it certainly doesn't violate any
employment or public accommodation laws."
So, Staver suggests the threat is frivolous.
"They only have four staff attorneys, and they're not the best
litigators to handle all of these kinds of cases anyway," he tells
OneNewsNow. "So, even if they wanted to, they wouldn't have the
resources to file suit every time that they threaten the suit."
But if they do follow through this time, Staver asserts
that Liberty Counsel would be pleased to provide the festival
with legal assistance, free of charge.
FFRF has mailed a rash of threatening letters to different
entities in the past couple of months.