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17 Companies That You Didn’t Know Are Religious

Can I get an amen?!

1. In-N-Out Burger

Since the 1980s, the popular West Coast burger joint has printed Bible passages on various items of packaging. More notably, the verse “John 3:16” is printed on the bottom of their soda cups. This Bible verse states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Something else that should never perish: ANIMAL-STYLE FRIES.

2. Forever 21

The same biblical reference “John 3:16” is printed on the bottom of each of the store’s retail bags. This example is likely to be the most apparent implication of its Evangelical Christian beliefs.

3. Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods’ co-founder and CEO John Mackey is a practicing Buddhist who has worked to incorporate the foundation of Eastern traditions and Buddhist ideals within his stores.

4. Tyson Foods

The founder of world’s largest chicken company, Tyson Foods, speaks openly about his Christian beliefs. The company employs a team of over 120 chaplains who provide religious guidance to employees on location at its offices as well as on-site at its production facilities.

5. Curves

Founder Gary Heavin is a born-again Christian who has received a lot of flack for his tendency to lean strongly toward a more conservative political platform. In 2004, Heavin’s donations to anti-abortion organizations led to several membership cancellations.

6. Chick-fil-A

Since the company was started in 1946, it’s stuck to its founder’s religiously influenced choice to be closed for business every Sunday. In addition, the company has recently been the topic of controversy for openly opposing same-sex marriage. To avoid even more scandal, it released a statement in July 2012 stating, “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

7. Mary Kay

Company founder Mary Kay Ash credits her company’s accomplishments for the decision to “take God as our partner.”

8. JetBlue

JetBlue’s founder and CEO David Neelman is a faithful Mormon. Neelman has said that “his faith has led him to make certain he serves his customers, much in the same way he learned to serve others as a full-time Mormon missionary at the age of 19.” In Jeff Benedict’s book The Mormon Way of Doing Business, he claims that at least once a month he works as a flight attendant on a JetBlue flight to ensure that his customers are being served in the best way possible.

9. eHarmony

Looking for a match made in heaven?! Started in 2000 by Christian psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren, eHarmony operates on Christian values and principles.

Fun fact: Its competitor, ChristianMingle, is owned by the secular company Sparklife.

10. Terminix

Founded in 1929 by Marion E. Wade, Terminix is one of the many brands of the host company, ServiceMaster. They take customer service to a whole new level and “translate this into the marketplace. Wade views each individual employee and customer as being made in God’s image — worthy of dignity and respect.”

11. Timberland

Timblerland CEO Jeff Swartz did not hesitate to cut ties with a Chinese factory that his company was in business with when he found out that human rights violations were allegedly happening there. Having been raised with a Jewish upbringing, he was an advocate for corporate social responsibility. Even though the company took a major hit, Swartz stated that it was necessary.

12. Marriott

Marriott Hotel founder John Willard Marriott was a devout Mormon who was prominent within the church community.

After his death in 1985, his legacy has lived on within the family-run hotel chain. Books of Mormon are placed along with Bibles in hotel rooms, and the company also recently announced that it would no longer offer Pay-Per-View pornography in its hotel rooms.

13. Hobby Lobby

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Hobby Lobby, known for its hundreds of arts and crafts stores, does not hide its Christian beliefs: “We believe that it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured.”

14. Alaska Airlines

Up until recently, Alaska Airlines provided complimentary prayer cards with its in-flight meals.

15. Carl’s Jr.

Founder Carl Karcher helped fund various Catholic organizations, and also started the tradition of saying the Pledge of Allegiance and reciting a prayer before all company meetings.

16. Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)

Founder Phil Anschutz’s businesses include the LA Galaxy, various oil companies, and the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. He is also the owner of conservative publications such as The Washington Examiner and The Weekly Standard. Some of his many sizable donations have been for family-friendly and Christian-leaning films like The Chronicles of Narnia.

17. Wal-Mart

The company’s Southern roots appeal to the churchgoer demographic. The Walton family founded the company using primarily Christian models in leadership to help build what is today one of the world’s biggest retailers.

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