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17 Companies That You Didn't Know Are Religious

Can I get an amen?!

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1. In-N-Out Burger

Via losangeles.grubstreet.com

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.

4. Tyson Foods

Via online.wsj.com

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

Via tsanda.wordpress.com

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

Via theologicalmatters.com

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."

8. JetBlue

Via emirates.com

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.

10. Terminix

Via uatm.terminix.com

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

Via missomnimedia.com

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

Via marriott.com

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.

16. Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)

Via hollywoodreporter.com

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

Via play.google.com

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.

Contact Ciara Pavia at ciarapavia@gmail.com.

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