Big U.S. Companies You Might Not Know Are Religious - Yahoo! Finance
Talking about religion and politics can be dangerous among friends. It’s doubly so for businesses.
That double-edged sword became crystal clear last year after Chick-fil-A’s COO made comments about the chain’s opposition to gay marriage. It sparked a massive backlash from the media, gay and lesbian couples, and even the mayor of Boston.
The controversy also helped the company shatter sales records after former Arkansas governor and Fox commentator Mike Huckabee organized a “Chick-fil-A appreciation day.”
Many other big companies in America are also religious, including some that might surprise you.
2. Forever 21 prints a reference to one of the most oft quoted passages of the New Testament on the bottom of all of its bags.
Purchase a skimpy $15 top or $19 skirt from trendy but budget-conscious clothing retailer Forever 21 and you may notice “John 3:16” printed on your shopping bag.
Printed on the bottom of each of the store’s bags, the biblical reference is perhaps the most obvious reference to the religious beliefs promoted by the store’s owners, the Chang Family, who are born-again Christians.
Mrs. Chang told Bloomberg Businessweek last year that the store had religious roots, citing that “God told her she should open a store and that she would be successful.”
The store provoked criticism in the summer of 2011 when it released a slew of religious-themed tees emblazoned with slogans such as “Jesus ♥ You” and “Holy.”