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Customers stand in a long line at the Chick-fil-A in Columbus, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Chick-fil-A supporters are eating at restaurants in the chicken chain as the company continues to be criticized for an executive\'s comments about marriage and family.

Chandra Johnson of Deseret News National recently wrote an article about a new website called Faith-Driven Consumer that helps users choose products from companies that demonstrate Biblical values.

The site measures various factors about each of the companies it ranks, including donations to charity, political points of view, and marketing techniques, to help believers better determine which companies are the most compatible with their world view.

Faith-Driven Consumer is one of the few sites online that are beginning to cater to Christian values. However, several companies have been in the news recently because of their affiliation with religious beliefs. Many, such as Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby, have referenced their faith as they have taken a stand on particular political issues.

Beyond those who have publicly made statements regarding their personal values, there are also many other organizations that are founded by believers.

Here is a list of 20 companies that you may or may not know had religious roots:

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger prints several Bible references on its cups, containers and wrappers. Some of the scriptural references include John 3:16 and Proverbs 24:16.


Rich Snyder was a born-again Christian and the founder of the West Coast fresh burger company. Early on, Snyder decided to use his company to share his beliefs. The company has continued to do so ever since.

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby has not only become known for its lawsuit against the U.S. government concerning the company's fight against mandatory contraception, but it has also highlighted its Christian beliefs in religious products that are sold.

Religious advertisements around Easter and Christmas have also been a custom for Hobby Lobby since 1997, finding their way into more than 290 newspapers each year.

The company motto calls all employees to commit to "honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles."


Forever 21

This popular clothing company owned by the Chang family also has its own Christian mark as each yellow shopping bag contains the biblical reference to John 3:16.

The King James Version of this verse reads: "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."



A family-owned company, Chick-Fil-A has always been centered on Christian beliefs.

When starting the company, Truett Cathy decided to base his business on hard work, humility and biblical principles. In applying those principles, the restaurant chain has followed a "closed on Sunday" policy, without exception, according to the website.

The company's beliefs have also been in the news lately, after several remarks were made regarding pro-marriage beliefs.


Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods Co., founded by John Tyson, provides 120 office chaplains for employees.

Tyson speaks openly about the company's core values in which it strives to honor God and be a faith-friendly company.

According to CNN, Tyson recently donated money to launch the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the University of Arkansas.


Marriot Hotel

John Willard Marriott, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, founded the Marriott Hotel chain and supplied many of the rooms with not only the Bible but The Book of Mormon.

The hotel company also recently phased out the option of pay-per-view adult entertainment in Marriott hotel rooms.



Gary Heavin, a born-again Christian and founder of Curves, has often been outspoken regarding his religious beliefs.

The exercise company has also contributed several donations to anti-abortion causes.


Carl's Jr.

Founder Carl Karcher was a committed Catholic and funded many Catholic charities. Karcher also started the tradition of saying the Pledge of Allegiance and having a prayer before every meeting.

This practice still happens today.


Alaska Airlines

When flying with Alaska Airlines, passengers receive an inspirational notecard with a Bible passage included with their breakfast.



Former CEO David Neeleman is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Neelman has been very open about his religious influences, stating in the book "The Mormon Way of Doing Business" that lessons he learned while on his LDS mission have impacted how he runs companies.


Check out the rest of the list in the slideshow above.