In the case brought before the Supreme Court, Maurice Bessinger stated that his religion required him to keep black people from eating in his restaurant, although he was perfectly OK with taking their money, so long as they ordered their food to-go. The attorney representing the petitioners suing Piggie Park also addressed in court the "First Amendment religious privilege claim that petitioner asserted that his religion required him" to deny service to black customers. "I'm just a fair man. I want to be known as a hard-working, Christian man that loves God and wants to further (God's) work throughout the world as I have been doing throughout the last 25 years."
And now for you who actually took the time to read the story instead of basing your outrage solely off a headline before sharing with an ALL CAPS blurb of "SEE? I TOLD YOU THE SOUTH WAS FULL OF RACISTS!!!", this case was heard by the Supreme Court in 1968.