State Agency Launches Probe After NY Rink Advertises ‘Christian Skate’

Now apparently it’s discrimination for private businesses to play Christian music. Someone might feel left out or have their ears burned by the message of salvation. This is happening to a skate center in New York. They are being investigated for having a Christian skate time during which they play Christian music. Now let me add here, they are not excluding anyone from the skate time, they are only playing Christian music during that time.
The New York State Division of Human Rights is investigating them for this.
This type of thing really gets me angry. Where does it say in the Constitution that people have the right not to be offended by something? Guess what? It’s not in there. Where does it say in the Constitution that one group has to give up its rights because another group is offended? Guess what? It’s not in there either!

(AgapePress) – The New York State Division of Human Rights has begun a probe of a privately owned skating rink that recently advertised a “Christian Music Skate” party. The agency is investigating Len Bernardo and his wife Terry, owners of Skate Time 209 in Accord, New York, apparently because the rink plays Christian music during certain designated hours.
The Division of Human Rights has warned the rink, which also advertises Christian skating on Sunday afternoons, that it may be violating anti-discrimination laws. The agency also threatened to charge a local weekly newspaper that published the rink’s advertisement of its Christian music skate with “aiding and abetting” unlawful discrimination. However, pro-family supporters of the rink and its proprietors contend that if anyone is violating the law, it is the government agency.
Len Bernardo says he was contacted by state authorities after his rink’s “Christian skate” event was advertised in the local paper. However, he insists he has done nothing wrong and that the authorities are “just investigating to see if we are in fact, I guess, discriminating against people who don’t like Christian music, I assume, or [who don’t like] the fact that we’re having Christian skate.”
Last week, a complaint about the rink’s newspaper ad prompted a letter from the New York State Division of Human Rights. According to, the letter reportedly stated that by soliciting Christian skaters, Skate Time 209 was apparently discouraging non-Christian customers in violation of human rights laws.
Bernardo suspects the Division of Human Rights officials have been laboring under a misapprehension. “We’ve never denied anybody access to the facility during our Christian skate,” he says. “They’re saying perhaps we are doing that because we’re playing Christian music.”
In an effort to clarify things, the owners of Skate Time 209 have changed the wording of one newspaper ad from “Christian skate” to “spiritual skate.” Still, Bernardo points out, as the owners, they have every right to play the kind of music they want at their rink.
“We are a private business,” the Christian proprietor says. And the afternoon “Christian skate” is just another program, he insists, just like teen night or family night — a time during which wholesome, contemporary Christian music is played and all — Christian and non-Christian alike — are welcome to come and enjoy it.
And while Bernardo acknowledges that “the other side of the coin is that the state has to react to any complaint that they get,” he says he and Terry are only exercising their basic constitutional rights. That is why they had their lawyer send a letter to the state making it clear that “these are traditional type things, we’re not discriminating against anyone, and anyone’s allowed access,” he says.
“So now we have to kind of see where it goes,” Bernardo notes. “And chances are, we believe, it will go away,” he adds, “but we still have to defend our rights and our First Amendment rights to have a Christian skate.”
The American Center for Law & Justice is representing the skating rink owners in the matter. Meanwhile, the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) has asked New York’s Governor George Pataki to take authority over the investigation and put a stop to the state’s “harassment” of the couple.
TVC chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon says the Division of Human Rights’ threat of legal action against Skate Time 209’s owners is crazy. “These people are exercising basic Constitutional rights on private property to the exclusion of no one, and the state government is treating them like dangerous criminals,” he says.

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4 Responses to “State Agency Launches Probe After NY Rink Advertises ‘Christian Skate’”

  1. beth says:

    I have always been under the impression that when a person owns a business, they are allowed to run it in whatever manner they see fit, as long as they stay within the boundaries of the law. If this skate rink is doing anything wrong by playing christian music, then someone needs to investigate all the arcades, teen clothing stores, and other businesses that play heavy metal music inside their businesses. I cannot believe that there could be any founded case here. Look at Chic-fil-A or Hobby Lobby (and several others) who are Christian owned companies and they play christian music – are they in violation? God help us!!!!!! If you dont like the music, dont go to places where it is played. Maybe Christians need to come up with a window sticker like the rainbow the gays use to show other christians where they are welcome. This kind of thing makes my blood boil!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Shirley says:

    I totally agree with Beth. I cannot believe this is even happening, yet I can. We “Christians” need to realize this is not going to go away, and if we don’t speak up, we will lose more rights. I am very offened by gay days at disneys theme park or many other things I see and hear, but do they have charges filed against them because they offend or discriminate against me. No…Why because we “Christains” have allowed it to get to this point by voting our pocket book and not our morals & beliefs, by putting those in office who are against God. Wake up people if we don’t speak up it will get worse. Hopefully it’s not too late now.

  3. Beth says:

    Hey Shirley, you are right it is getting worse and worse. If a Christian says in public that homosexuality is wrong, then we are closed minded and we need psychiatric help (according to the world). If someone speaks negatively about God or His people, they are just using their freedom of speech. I am afraid it will get much worse before Jesus comes.

  4. Steve says:

    Hi Shirley,
    Thanks for the comment.
    The harvest is plentifully, but the workers are few. We can only try our best to spread the Word of God and hope that He softens the hearts of many people.
    I suspect that it is too late and that things will only get worse, but that’s OK…I’ve read the end of the Book and I know how it ends!!
    Praise Jesus!!

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