Legal Center Confronts Discrimination by Texas Movie Theater
April 24, 2012 – The legal center has sent a letter to the Angelika Film Center in Plano, Texas, objecting to its discrimination against the Dallas-Ft. Worth Coalition of Reason. The theater refused to run a pre-film advertisement from the Coalition promoting a positive image of local atheist families after media coverage of the prospective campaign generated opposition from local religious groups. The theater has run advertisements from local Christian churches in the past. This discrimination violates Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination by businesses against customers on the basis of their religious views when such businesses are places of public accommodation, such as movie theaters.