How did the discount work? It sounds like anyone showing up to buy a ticket just needed to claim church affiliation. University officials said that any "faith-based organization" would qualify. They also claimed that the discount would be granted to other groups (e.g., first responders, veterans, etc.), and this appears to be the core of their argument that it was okay for a public university to give the religiously affiliated a discount.
The Pennsylvania ACLU didn't buy this claim.
"They can't say that people of faith are going to get a discount, just as they can't say white people are going to get a discount," said Witold Walczak, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.Walczak also called the school out for discriminating against atheists. I think he was right to do so.
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