Because religious folks’ money is covered in Religion Cooties.

What’s the deal with businesses not supporting “religious organizations”?  It’s not just the big corporations, either: I get a similar vibes from small, local businesses.

I phoned one local business for some help with some packets I was putting together for a conference.  I was looking for coupons or discount cards or something along those lines.  The girl working there said, “You’ll have to talk to the manager about that, but I know we sometimes help out women’s groups or charities, so we might be able to help you out with that.”  When I called the manager back later, I was told that their business doesn’t normally do that kind of thing.  I got the sense from several other businesses that I was getting the run-around (just tell me “No” already).

I’m asking for coupons, for heaven’s sake, not a financial donation!  Does the money of religious folk come covered with religion cooties or something?  Here we have a chance for everyone to get ahead—I get a cheaper product and the retailer gets my business (it’s win-win!)—but I’m rejected on the grounds of “not supporting religious groups”.  In business terms, what difference does it make if it’s a women’s group or a religious organization?  The money’s all the same.