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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -— A North Carolina diner has stopped giving discounts to customers who pray in public after an atheist organization threatened to sue, CBS News Charlotte reports.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter to Mary Haglund, owner of Mary's Gourmet Diner, threatening legal action if the diner did not drop the 15 percent discount for praying because it violated the Civil Rights Act.

The "promotional practice favors religious customers, and denies customers who do not pray and nonbelievers the right to 'full and equal' enjoyment of Mary's Gourmet Diner," attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote in the letter.

Following the letter, Haglund posted a note on the diner door informing customers that the 15 percent discount will no longer be allowed.

Click here to read more at CBS Charlotte.

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