What Would Jesus Eat: Restaurants’ Christianity and Gay-Bashing

Posted by / Friday, April 13th, 2012

Washington City Paper’s Chris Shott (who is <wipe tears away> leaving his post for New York) dove into the politically-charged act of eating Chick-fil-A. The Georgia-based fast food chain’s foundation has donated to anti-gay rights organziations, or as Shott put it,  “groups whose espoused views on gay rights lie somewhere along the spectrum between Rick Santorum and Kirk Cameron.” 

Gay-rights supporters now regularly boycott eating at Chick-fil-A, refusing to give money to a business that doesn’t share their philosophy. 

The debate started in the city after the announcement of a forthcoming Chick-fil-A food truck from Kevin Singletary, current owner of two Chicks in Maryland. “Chick-fil-A really is a neutral organization,” Signletary told Shott. “The company is founded on biblical principles…” 

But Chick-fil-A isn’t the only restaurant serving a higher power. 

ARLnow.com reports that the Richmond-based frozen yogurt chain SweetFrog will open at the Arlington Ridge Shopping Center (2901 S. Glebe Road), and already has multiple NoVA locations. The fro-yo shop was opened under Christian ideals; from its website:

SweetFrog was founded on the principles of Christianity and our belief in bringing happiness and a positive attitude into the lives of our consumers. At SweetFrog, F.R.O.G stands for Fully Rely On God – and we hope to be an example of that in every community!

Cracker Barrel was famous for its anti-gay employment policies. When the founder died earlier this year, the New York Times wrote it into the first line of his obit:

Danny Evins, who created Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a restaurant heavy on grits and nostalgia, expanded it into a $2 billion chain and then fought a losing battle to discriminate against gay employees, died on Saturday in Lebanon, Tenn. 

With the uptick in very public religious displays from politics (Rick Santorum) to football (Tim Tebow) it seems that Jesus will continue to find a home nestled in the crevasse of a waffle fry.

Other NoVA restaurants founded under Jesus? List them in the comments.

Photos: CURAphotography/Shutterstock.com (Jesus); Sue Yang/Shutterstock.com (sandwich); terrible photoshopping by Stefanie Gans  

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Cinderella Alonso Says:


Couldn’t be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old roommate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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