10 different companies with 'intensely religious sides'

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 16 2011 8:43 a.m. MST

Associated Press
CNN’s Dan Gilgoff recently wrote about 10 different companies that “have intensely religious sides — even if they’re not always visible to consumers.” He purposely excluded Chick-fil-A from the list, because he figured “many folk” already knew that because if you try to get a chicken sandwich on a Sunday, you will “find its doors locked and the lights out.” He also excluded companies like kosher-food manufacturer Manischewitz. Here is his list in no particular order.
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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

# 8 - Walmart: The retailer includes Christian books and the Walton family used Christian servant leadership models in building the worlds largest retailer

Pretty weak list, actually. Walmart sells Christian books? Wow. So do Costco, Target, Borders, etc. And the family used Christian leadership models in building the business? Yeah, this company sounds intensely religious. You can tell they are by the way they treat their employees. Not.

Provo, UT

I don't do business with any of the companies on that list, thank Thor.

Michael De Groote

Gilgoff originally had seven companies on his list, and then expanded it to ten based on suggestions by readers. If you follow the first link in this article, it will take you to his original posting -- and he gives more justification for each selection. Walmart also seemed to generate the most response among his story's commenters. He wrote that people should treat his selection of Walmart as "an honorable mention." So even he knew it was a little loose.

I'm wondering if people are more likely or less likely to use the products and services of a company that has faith connections.

Sugarhood, UT

I wonder if Tyson Foods had chaplains riding along when they were smuggling illegal immigrants into the country to work in their Midwestern processing plants. That's a company I haven't purchased products from in a long, long time, and have no plans to do so.

In-N-Out, on the other hand, is one of the few fast food joints I frequent, partly because of their ethical policies towards their employees and suppliers. Also, very tasty food that reminds me of my childhood.

Salem, UT

Good for them!! As long as the religious components of a business do not teach/preach anti Americanism, I'm fine with "intensely religous sides" of these companies! This is merely a reflection of the religous freedoms this country was built on. So...what CNNs purpose in publishing such an article in the first place?

Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks DNEWS.....I guess to ask that you also post the names of the Pro-Atheist Companies like Google would be to much to ask...Kind of why you haven't bothered reporting anything on the ICE Officer who was killed on the border yesterday.....it kind of defeats your agenda!

Boise, ID

I'll go out of my way to patronize a business on six days, that is closed on Sunday. But that's just me, and I'm in the minority if the mall and grocery store parking lots on Sunday are any indication.

Weston Jurney
West Jordan, UT

Walmart Christian? Utter hogwash! They are the antithesis of fairness, respect for employees, and the Golden Rule.

It will be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a Walton to enter into Heaven.

Provo, UT


Since the word "atheist" means "without belief in god", you would have to identify ALL businesses on that list. Why? Because there are so many gods, and every single person is "without belief" in at least one of those gods.

Jehovah, Isis, Thor, Zeus, Allah, Krishna, Mami Wata, Osiris, Mbombo, Elohim, Atum, Ptah, Unkulunkulu, Nanabozho, Coatlique, Viracocha, Esege Malan, Kamuy, Izanagi, Vishvakarman, Ranginui, Plato's Pleroma, Yahweh, Waheguru, Pangu...

Which god do you NOT believe in?

Think about WHY you do not believe in all these gods. Those reasons are the same reasons why others do not believe in YOUR god. And those are the same reasons many of us don't believe in any gods.

We are all atheists in a sense. I just believe in one LESS god than everybody else.

Two Cents
Springville, Utah

I did notice the scripture reference on a fry bag at In-N-Out Burger. Kinda cool. But I wish their food tasted way better. I'll stick to Chik-Fil-A for holy fast food. :)

Henderson, NV

Bikeboy: Be sure, then, to support R.C. Willey. Here in Vegas they close for our Sabbath Day, and I appreciate that as well.

You Wal-Mart haters are clearly unfamiliar with its founder, Sam Walton. Perhaps you should read his biography "Made in America" rather than the Huffington Post.

Beaverton, OR

I don't like In-N-Out Burger, as you can't order the burger to your liking. That's taking away my choice. That doesn't sound very Christian, does it?

Draper, UT

These business owners have every right to bring their religion to work and express it robustly. Separation of Church and State is a beautiful thing. Keep religion in the free market where it belongs. "We" don't all trust in God, and it is an unconstitutional lie to have a country motto that says we do. The Supreme Court only allows such expression because they have lost their religious significance. Religious practices and principles are rendered impotent when they are established by the state. The religious who fight against the separation of church and state do so at the risk of undermining the beliefs they consider sacred.

American Fork, UT

I like burgers and chicken sandwiches and cheap plastic gizmos made in China, so I frequent In-N-Out, Chick-Fil-A, and Wal-Mart. Wait, maybe I just enjoy stores that use a hyphen.

Herriman, UT

Fair Enough, you obviously have not read up on your history of the founding of this country and the background and beliefs of our founders. I think Thomas Jefferson would roll over in his grave at how we have twisted the phrase he used in his letter. The fact that we are turning away from God shows more and more in the deterioration of our society and problems in our nation and I believe that will continue until we straighten up and fly right!

brookings, SD

Wal-mart? Seriously? Not a misprint? The company that shafts the students at my university? The company that does not pay enough medicial benefits and tells their employees to go to the city to try to collect med. benefits? The company that uses the state unemployment benefits to help their employees because Wal-mart won't? The same Wal-mart that has been in law suit after law suit after law suit about fair labor practices?

Oh that Wal-mart!!! This is a joke.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Liberals are such experts on history and commerce. Their heads must heat up when they try to think. Rich kids and educators have little knowledge of the real world, but they tell us all about it anyway.

Ute Fan In Utah
West Jordan, UT

washcomom, of course how could we forget when God opened the sky and said "Have it your way".

Layton, UT

Oh yes you can get your burgers at In-N-Out the way you want them. Unfortunately, that doesn't include "free", which it appears you want.Stick with your Arctic Circle, it's nasty. In-N-Out has scriptural references on the bottom of their drink cups as well. Excellent company, excellent food.
I've no problem with any company listed,except for Wal-Mart. Good for the companies that want to espouse ethical behavior, it's about time, our own politicians here in Utah and nationally, cannot see to manage that. Wal-Mart's recent actions in Layton, Utah, showed us that they really don't "care for" their employees protecting themselves from predators with firearms, that said, he was going to kill them if necessary.(on Fox News-National)

Lindon, UT

To washcommon: In & Out will make your burger any way you want. You just need to open your mouth. I get mine with double onion, and their onions are way strong. My grandson orders his with just meat, nothing else.

Idaho Falls, ID

Liberals have targeted Walmart-the largest private employer in the U.S.- for many years because the big labor unions haven't successfully infiltrated it yet. When unemployment is so high we should be grateful that Walmart employs so many.

Nashville, TN

Walmart. Treat this one as an honorable mention. Lambert says the Walton family, which founded the company and still own a major stake in it, has used Christian servant leadership models in building the world's largest retailer. The Walton no longer have controlling interest in the day to day activity of the company. It is ran by a godless board of directors, so they don't count just because the founder was religious. I see non Christian book stores that sell Christian books, doesn't make them a Christian company.

Westbank, BC

Walmart? - any company that buys made in China crap is not a Christian company. Thankfully I don't shop there; not only do they sell cheap garbage but they attract the low-lifes of the world.

Mission Viejo, CA

They aren't the largest of companies, but BH Photo Video even stops taking orders online during Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

Overton, NV

"any company that buys made in China crap is not a Christian company."

Good luck finding ANYWHERE to shop these days, then. Unfortunately, US labor laws have driven manufacturing overseas to where it is a lot cheaper to produce goods. There just ain't much "made in America" these days.

Bountiful, UT

I remember seeing a news story about a gun company that was putting scripture references on some of their guns... ones that were being used by our troops (the reason the story was done).

Enterprise, UT

I think Trijicon should be on the list they have scriptures on their illuminated scopes ie. John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life". Or 2Cor.4:6 'Let your light shine out of darkness' who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in Jesus Christ.

Weston Jurney
West Jordan, UT

WalMart religious? It is to laugh!

St. John wrote, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar." Think about how WalMart treats its employees, and then ask yourself if the Waltons are Christians.

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