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USA Today reports on the effort by various professional-sports franchises to boost group-ticket sales by hosting religious fan days for Christian, Jewish, and Mormon groups.

They found a CAIR spokesman to chime in, who sees the phenomenon as an opportunity to demonstrate Americans’ fabled anti-Muslim attitudes, natch.

But some religious and secular groups don’t think such fan day promotions are appropriate.

For example, the Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants equal time for other religions.

“The ultimate test of this kind of policy would be to have a Muslim Family Day — and gauge the public reaction to it,” says spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. “Given the heightened state of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society, I have a feeling there would be some objections to that.”

The Colorado Rockies, of course, have a Faith Day, where people of all creeds are invited.

But what about no creed?

Teams have pushed ethnic heritage days for years. But religion? That’s problematic, answers Blair Scott, spokesman for American Atheists. It’s not illegal, but Scott believes it’s unethical.

“They’re out to make a buck. They’re taking advantage of people’s religiosity to make that buck. “

Scott doubts he’ll ever see “Atheist Day” at stadiums.

“When you have a Super Bowl party in the atheist community, two people show up. We don’t tend to be big sports fans.”

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