"Man, I just was tired of all the bad things that was discussed and I just wanted to talk about something good in my life."
That's how Charlie Whittington, owner of the Kwik Kar oil-change shop in Plano, TX, explained to Glenn Beck on radio Friday why he decided to introduce a John 3:16 discount. As we brought you earlier Friday, any customer who recites the Bible verse at the shop gets $15 off of their bill.
Whittington said he has gotten some pushback for the policy, but that it's come only from people who call or e-mail. Otherwise, most people are fine with it, especially considering he lets people who don't know it by heart look it up on their phones or even use a copy he has posted in his office. For him, it's about the spirit of the promotion, not the letter of it. How biblical.
In fact, after Glenn's co-host Pat Gray asked jokingly if he could discuss Wicca with Whittington, Whittington responded, "You could talk about anything. Golly, we're in America, you can talk about anything you want to."
"Hang on just a second," Glenn interjected. "May I just say to the entire United States of America: that last sentence from Charlie is why everyone should move to Texas. Because it's common sense. This is total common sense. This is who we are as America."
But what if Pat recites all of Ephesians 1-10? Could that get Pat a free brake job? Maybe not, according to Whittington. That could put him out of business.
You can listen to the entire interview below, which includes more of Whittington's response to critics and plenty more jokes from Glenn and Pat: