SEARCY, Arkansas -- Bailey's Pizza in Searcy offers people who bring in their church bulletin a 10 percent discount on Sundays. The Rose's decision has brought them both nationwide attention- from both sides. They have now received thousands of dollars from supporters.
"It has nothing to do with excluding anybody," said Stephen Rose. "It's not specific to any church. It's another way to bring people in and make them feel welcome."
Rose first received a letter from the national non-profit Freedom From Religion in the beginning of August. They say the restaurant violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against those who do not go to church. A group in California has picked up the case and is representing the Roses.
"The Advocacy for Faith and Freedom contacted me to volunteer their services if they if there were any legal issues that came up through this," said Rose.
The story has gotten picked up across the state, and they say people have reached out to show their support. They have received hundreds of dollars in checks from people in and out of state. "I think it's beautiful how people come together, this is definitely the work of God," said Amy Rose.
The checks come with letters-explaining that they support the cause and want the money to go to feeding organizations who need it most. "I sat in my office this morning and cried," said Amy Rose. "It's just outstanding."
John Gales, part of a software company in Pennsylvania, donated $150 worth of pizza to be delivered to the Searcy Police Department, then the Fire Department. Gales said the company will provide free pizzas to local organizations every day this week.
"It's just a husband and a wife in running the pizza shop and this atheist shop is going to come and for some reason they're offended by a sign in Searcy, Arkansas," said Gales.