Clergy: The Disappearing Discount

When the Rev. Robert H. Jonte was a newly ordained Methodist minister in a small Texas town 19 years ago, he got a 2¢-a-gal. discount on gasoline from his service station, the wholesale price when he bought household appliances, and an extra item or two free on his food order, courtesy of the local grocer. Jonte is still a minister in a small Texas town, but now he pays full price for nearly everything he buys. "The clergyman's discount," he says, "is completely gone."

Clearly on'the way out are the assorted discounts, donations and deals that ministers once relied upon to...

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