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2011-02-08 10:47:38 AM
In-N-Out Burger

They didn't seem to mind the free advertising they got from "The Big Lebowski", which featured various instances of profanity, violence and nudity. And they portrayed de Jesus as a pederast. Well, not THEE Jesus but de Jesus.

And Wal*Mart? Jesus Christ.
 
2011-02-08 11:44:45 AM

Mugato: In-N-Out Burger


And In-N-Out Burger gives a lot of money to mainstream childrens' charities. They are actually a good organization.
 
2011-02-08 11:56:13 AM
Mugato: And Wal*Mart? Jesus Christ.

As they said in the article, it was more of an honorable mention. Wal mart started out that way, but it sure as hell isn't that way any more.
 
2011-02-08 12:06:01 PM
I'm not bothered if they're founded by Christians, it's when they start supporting far right charities like Chick-fil-a did.
 
2011-02-08 12:11:24 PM

DRFS Rich: I'm not bothered if they're founded by Christians, it's when they start supporting far right charities like Chick-fil-a did.


This.
I don't even have a problem with them supporting right-wing groups, per se. It's the supporting of anti-gay groups that made me decide to not go to Chick-Fil-A.

Has nothing to do with whether or not they're Christian. You can be Christian and promote Christian values, and not be anti-gay.
 
2011-02-08 01:17:26 PM
Odd to see Papa John's and Curves left off the list.
 
2011-02-08 01:18:16 PM
2. Whole Foods. John Mackey, the organic food chain's co-founder and CEO, is a Buddhist who has worked to incorporate the eastern tradition's ideals into his company.

Religions affected by white guys for the sole purpose of scoring hot hippie 'tang shouldn't count.
 
2011-02-08 01:27:20 PM
glad to see i don't support any of these
 
2011-02-08 02:09:30 PM

SpaceyCat: Mugato: And Wal*Mart? Jesus Christ.

As they said in the article, it was more of an honorable mention. Wal mart started out that way, but it sure as hell isn't that way any more.


Walmart is republican Jesus.
 
2011-02-08 02:09:36 PM
In-N-Out Burger can put whatever dumb little passage/verse whatever it is on the bottom of their cups, I don't care as long as they keep making the food the same.

/Double Double Animal Style
//Animal fries
///Diet pepsi
 
2011-02-08 02:20:51 PM
The young women's clothing company may be best known for its skimpier and saucier offerings, but it also exudes subtle piety.

The store for christer sluts!
 
2011-02-08 02:23:04 PM
What about Dr. Tongue's Abortion Emporium?
 
2011-02-08 02:26:05 PM
6. ServiceMaster. Never heard of this corporation? Perhaps some of the residential services companies it owns, like Terminix and American Home Shield, will ring a bell.

The company was founded in 1929 by Marion E. Wade, who "had a strong personal faith and a desire to honor God in all he did," according to ServiceMaster's website. "Translating this into the marketplace, he viewed each individual employee and customer as being made in God's image - worthy of dignity and respect."


As a former TruGreen drone (one of their companies), I can assure you this part is bullshiat. The only religious basis they have is the Egyptians mentioned in Exodus.
 
2011-02-08 02:27:17 PM
A Hobby Lobby recently opened near me. Was disappointed that it was a home furnishings store rather than an actual huge hobby store.

A grocery store sized hobby store with models, comic books, cards and all that type of thing would have been awesome.
 
2011-02-08 02:34:04 PM
What about Domino's Pizza?
 
2011-02-08 02:46:23 PM
Around here there are a bunch of various small businesses - contractors and what not - that include a Jesus fish in their print ads. Does anyone else have this? I wonder if that's because certain Christian types won't patronize a business unless they know it's Christian?

If I'm going to hire a plumber, I couldn't care less what religion he is as long as he can do the job.
 
2011-02-08 02:51:03 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Around here there are a bunch of various small businesses - contractors and what not - that include a Jesus fish in their print ads. Does anyone else have this? I wonder if that's because certain Christian types won't patronize a business unless they know it's Christian?

If I'm going to hire a plumber, I couldn't care less what religion he is as long as he can do the job.


Well, we all know that Christians cannot possibly defraud or do any wrong by you, right?
 
2011-02-08 02:53:44 PM

Dialectic: The young women's clothing company may be best known for its skimpier and saucier offerings, but it also exudes subtle piety.

The store for christer sluts!


not a company I would have suspected

or believe really means what they claim
 
2011-02-08 02:56:58 PM

Dinjiin: Mugato: In-N-Out Burger

And In-N-Out Burger gives a lot of money to mainstream childrens' charities. They are actually a good organization.


Also, it's apparently company policy that obviously destitute customers that say they can't pay get a free hamburger. And starting wages are $10/hour plus benefits.

In-N-Out also prints passage references from one of the apocrypha books, Nahum, so it makes for some fun research sometimes.
 
2011-02-08 02:57:48 PM

Wrong_Intentions: The only religious basis they have is the Egyptians mentioned in Exodus.


The one job I had for people who explicitly mentioned they were Christians in the interview showed those folks to be absolute hypocrites. They were unstable, unreliable, and generally poor bosses (example: they would tell us to do something, and when the health department wrote it up, they yelled at the employees for having done it). I learned then that if they had to tell you they were Christian up front, there was likely a reason- you'd never notice otherwise.

Pants full of macaroni!!: If I'm going to hire a plumber, I couldn't care less what religion he is as long as he can do the job.


Ditto. While I have an eagerness to support those of my faith, I am MORE eager to get the job done right. I'd rather deal with someone who has a reputation for being honest, forthright, and competent than someone who expects the Bible verse on the truck to get them business.

If you're going to flaunt your religion, you'd best make sure you live up to it as best you can.
 
2011-02-08 03:14:29 PM

akula: Wrong_Intentions: The only religious basis they have is the Egyptians mentioned in Exodus.

The one job I had for people who explicitly mentioned they were Christians in the interview showed those folks to be absolute hypocrites. They were unstable, unreliable, and generally poor bosses (example: they would tell us to do something, and when the health department wrote it up, they yelled at the employees for having done it). I learned then that if they had to tell you they were Christian up front, there was likely a reason- you'd never notice otherwise.


I'm sure the Christianity is just rationalizing for them. "Sure, we oversell our services beyond what our employees can deliver and take it out on them when we fall short, but we go to church on Sundays so God is okay with that!"
 
2011-02-08 03:37:04 PM

Wrong_Intentions: I'm sure the Christianity is just rationalizing for them. "Sure, we oversell our services beyond what our employees can deliver and take it out on them when we fall short, but we go to church on Sundays so God is okay with that!"


I don't know. I'm sure with many of them they use it as a reminder for themselves that when they do a job, it is not only their business they represent but their God as well. When it's the real deal, it is noticeable. But the problem is you rarely know that until AFTER you've dealt with them. Hence my reluctance to give much credence to religious symbols when seeking products or services.

Example: the independent mechanic I use (when I don't take the vehicle to the dealer) is one of those places that has the Jesus fish in their advertising (JC Car Care in St. Charles, MO... I'll give them a good shout-out for being awesome). But I use them because they're fantastic mechanics who do a stand up job. They aren't cheap, but when you get the car back, it's FIXED and they aren't sticking it to you and selling you things you don't need.
 
2011-02-08 03:53:52 PM

ThatGuyGreg: Odd to see Papa John's and Curves left off the list.


Is Curves even still around? Seems like they popped up everywhere one day, then they all closed after a year or so.

You could say they were on a downward Curve.
 
2011-02-08 04:20:04 PM
Funny how Forever 21 is all Christian cool, but doesn't seem to mind ignoring what jesus would do for the slave shop workers earning 10 cents an hour making their cheap clothing.
 
2011-02-08 04:24:10 PM
I wish we had jsut one In and Out burger here. I love it so much.

/really sad now
//2x4 and cheese fries
 
2011-02-08 04:31:03 PM
Businesses that wear their religions on their sleeve are hiding something.
/voice of experience
 
2011-02-08 04:33:52 PM
Wal-Mart is still Christian based.

Hell, a former company of mine hired an on site engineer that would attend weekly Wal-Mart prayer gateherings and testify that our company was a strong supporter of Wal-Mart.
 
2011-02-08 04:43:09 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Around here there are a bunch of various small businesses - contractors and what not - that include a Jesus fish in their print ads. Does anyone else have this? I wonder if that's because certain Christian types won't patronize a business unless they know it's Christian?


As soon as someone tells me that their business practices are honorable because they run a Christian business, I close my wallet and walk away. My worst screwings (or attempted screwings) have come from so-called Christian businesses, and it seems that the louder they shout about their faith, the worse the screwing.

The little fishes are little "stay away" symbols to me.
 
2011-02-08 05:47:03 PM
Don't happen to use any of those business/services, so my godless heathen conscience is clear.
 
2011-02-08 06:00:43 PM
My mechanic doesn't hide his beliefs, in fact his web page lists how AA pulled him from being drunk in the gutter. I don't care, he does kick ass work, I can't find anyone with a better price. The only catch is, his small little operation doesn't take credit, he's been burned pretty bad with some bad checks, so he likes cash.
 
2011-02-08 08:13:42 PM
In my experience, large organizations that are 'Christian' aren't the ones you need to worry about. It's the small businesses, often run by people from one family, that you have to look out for. Then you get 'We're Christian, Christ died so we could screw you over' attitudes and family dysfunction.

And with a smaller client base they can skate by without their bad rep getting around for awhile.
 
2011-02-08 08:26:03 PM

Dinjiin: Mugato: In-N-Out Burger

And In-N-Out Burger gives a lot of money to mainstream childrens' charities. They are actually a good organization.


I love how you feel you have to defend In-N-Out burger, because you read they're religious.

what the fark.
 
2011-02-08 08:41:20 PM

Disaster Transport: Funny how Forever 21 is all Christian cool, but doesn't seem to mind ignoring what jesus would do for the slave shop workers earning 10 cents an hour making their cheap clothing.


Also, most Christians aren't too keen on their daughters wearing skanky clothes.
 
2011-02-08 11:30:43 PM

akula: Wrong_Intentions: The only religious basis they have is the Egyptians mentioned in Exodus.

The one job I had for people who explicitly mentioned they were Christians in the interview showed those folks to be absolute hypocrites. They were unstable, unreliable, and generally poor bosses (example: they would tell us to do something, and when the health department wrote it up, they yelled at the employees for having done it). I learned then that if they had to tell you they were Christian up front, there was likely a reason- you'd never notice otherwise.


With such a vast pool of data points we can all have confidence in your conclusion!
 
2011-02-09 12:42:48 AM

MrEricSir: Disaster Transport: Funny how Forever 21 is all Christian cool, but doesn't seem to mind ignoring what jesus would do for the slave shop workers earning 10 cents an hour making their cheap clothing.

Also, most Christians aren't too keen on their daughters wearing skanky clothes.


Mary Mags liked to keep it comfortable.

/I would like to see the net worth of the owners of each of these companies.
//I'm guessing they can rationalize it with the prosperity heresy.
 
2011-02-09 02:00:41 AM
My favorite CSB related concerns a friend who worked for this one place. Not only did the town Christians picket the place, so did the town satanists (they claimed misrepresentation).

Their big dirty secret was that they actually gave to charity all the while pretending to be the most obnoxious terrifying satanic something or other.

//end CSB
 
2011-02-09 02:50:47 AM

thalidomide new and improved: I love how you feel you have to defend In-N-Out burger, because you read they're religious.


I love how you validate the label I've assigned to you via Farky. Keep on trolling, dude.
 
2011-02-09 08:23:55 AM
Stamping John 3:16 on your shiat makes you religious. Got it.
 
2011-02-09 09:35:06 AM

RoyFokker'sGhost: In-N-Out also prints passage references from one of the apocrypha books, Nahum, so it makes for some fun research sometimes.


Yeah, you have no idea whatsoever what you're talking about.

Nahum is in the Old Testament, between Micah and Habakkuk. Not apocrypha.
 
2011-02-09 09:46:29 AM
"We believe that it is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured."


I love stupid shiat like this. What happens when profits go down, God hates you now? Sorry, but if there is a God I really don't think they would give two shiats about how many jigsaw puzzles or model airplanes you sell this month.
 
2011-02-09 10:42:40 AM
. ServiceMaster. Never heard of this corporation? Perhaps some of the residential services companies it owns, like Terminix and American Home Shield, will ring a bell.

All I've ever heard about American Home Shield is how they try to screw their customers. Nice.
 
2011-02-09 12:52:39 PM

thalidomide new and improved: Dinjiin: Mugato: In-N-Out Burger

And In-N-Out Burger gives a lot of money to mainstream childrens' charities. They are actually a good organization.

I love how you feel you have to defend In-N-Out burger, because you read they're religious.

what the fark.


He's probably not defending them in the "they're genuinely religious but somehow they're not evil" sense, but in the "lots of companies stick a jesus fish on the window when they aren't christian to reel in and screw suckers, but this company isn't one of them" sense. But I can only speculate.
 
2011-02-09 03:41:02 PM
I love Hobby Lobby. They are christier than most other stores I shop at, but hey they have AWESOME stuff.


/The person that used "christier sluts" is awesome.
//I always wondered about the bible quote on forever 21 bags
///I try to avoid local places that are TOO christy...they will screw you over
////SLASHIES are FUN :-)
 
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