Aldi’s Christian Eggs

It happens at In-N-Out Burger, Alaska Airlines, and Forever 21 — Christians verses popping out at you when you least expect it. No, it’s not a big deal, but it’s a little off-putting when you find out your sandwich and sweater are made of Jesus.

Now, it’s happening in Aldi stores.

Reader Trace bought a carton of eggs from the grocery store and saw this on the inside:

This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. — Psalm 118:24

So you’re not going to lose sleep over this. But it raises this question (from Trace):

Should you stop buying/consuming “Christian” eggs (even when they are darn cheap, large and fresh)?

On a side note, they should *totally* run a contest in which one egg in some unknown carton contains a plastic Jesus inside. If you find it, you get free eggs for a whole year.

  • bd

    This isn’t even almost kind of new. This verse has been in egg cartons since I was a kid.

  • Jon Peterson

    Is it a bad thing that I’d totally participate because, well… FREE EGGS?
    :P

  • Hannah C

    I love and will continue to purchase items from Forever 21 and In-N-Out. Displaying Bible verses is fine by me, because they are privately owned companies. I think not purchasing items from a Christian-owned business just because they are visibly Christian is at the same level of the people who protest businesses for not being “Christian” enough.

    Long story short: As long as the product is good, I don’t care what a business prints on their packaging.

  • Valdyr

    Christians would doubtless see no issue here, yet imagine what would happen if they opened a product to find a quotation from Islamic scripture. Outrage on the evening news, most certainly, or I’ll eat my hat.

  • Josh BA

    At least with In-N-Out they are just book/chapter/verse, very small, and usually hidden away (the one on the cups is on the inside rim of the bottom of the cup, for instance). So to get a preachy feeling from it (at least for me) you would have to find it first, then know what it is, then take the initiative to find the verse mentioned yourself to actually get any real religiosity from it.

    The eggs would get me mildly annoyed for a few seconds and maybe prompt me to ask a friend “that’s a bit annoying isn’t it?” I can’t say I would be able to even muster that for In-N-Out :)

    A for wether you should stop buying from them, I would say no. I don’t care what religion the people I get my food from practice as long a it’s not one who’s beliefs would lead to the food being tainted in some way (I can’t think of any off of the top of my head. Maybe a cult that wants EVERYONE to join them when the comet comes,) As long a the message isn’t meant to be offensive and isn’t an attack, I don’t have a problem with it any more than I would have a problem with “have a nice day” (I’ll, decide what kind of day I have, thank you!).

  • Wit

    If I knew ahead of time I would not make the purchase and shop elsewhere even if I had to pay more for the same product. My actions would probably just be an ineffective miniscule drop in a very big ocean but I will not contribute to the spread of religion. Not if I can help it.

    W.

  • A Portlander

    I couldn’t disagree more, Hannah. Yes, they’re privately owned companies, and the owners are using them as vehicles for an ideology to which I am opposed. It’s a no-brainer that they’re funneling profits toward the same -isms. If they’re putting their businesses into play as pawns in the culture war, I’m going to react accordingly. I used to love In-N-Out, but they don’t get a dime from me. I don’t require atheistic ideological purity from the concerns I patronize, but I prefer not to fund and arm my enemy once they’ve identified themselves as such. And yes, this complicates my life considerably. I call it worth the effort.

  • Roxane

    I’ve always found it kind of ironic that Forever 21 puts bible verses on their bags, when much of their clothing encourages, shall we say, the Mary Magdalene look. If they walked the walk, they’d be selling baggy jeans and oversized tops. But hey, profit is at stake. As a knitter and general craftsperson, I patronize local yarn stores and Michael’s rather than Hobby Lobby for this very reason.

  • Mr Z

    I agree with A Portlander, private or not, if they are going to publicly identify themselves as a Christian organization, or a business that supports Christian agendas and world views, then they are fair game for criticism and boycotts. If the same company put Islamic slogans on their products Christians would be outraged. Delusional beliefs in magic sky daddies need to be kept at home, not brought out in public. When they are, they deserve a sound thrashing in the public square.

    This supplier of eggs is telling you that it’s not enough that their product is fresh, good, and cheap… but you have to take a helping of proselytizing with it. They are also saying that they are so deluded that they think you should be force fed scriptures. It’s not enough to just say ‘hey, every day is a good one, enjoy this one’ – no, they have to quote the Bible. You should be wondering exactly what OTHER delusional thinking goes on where these eggs are grown and packaged!!!

    Are they treating the eggs for diseases with prayer? Have they been sprinkled with holy water? Do they spend any of their profits on support of whackjobs that want to teach ID in the science classroom?

    If they had kept it to themselves, it wouldn’t be an issue… but they didn’t, so now it is an issue at their insistence. Boycott them. There are plenty of other places to get eggs.

  • Don

    Well, I love me some Chik-fil-a. And deal with the not getting it on sunday and other crap. However, I always get take a away, I don’t have to listen to the ‘christian’ music.

  • Hitch

    I wouldn’t buy it if I saw it and if I’m bored, I’d send them a polite letter explain why I do not buy products that are biased towards on specific world view, because it is disrespectful to the diversity of the customers.

    It’s up to them if they want me in their market-share.

  • http://www.travisjmorgan.com Travis Morgan

    There are no Christian eggs. There are no Christian chickens. But there are Christian people that sell eggs. The question should be, “would you buy eggs from a Christian”

  • Deiloh

    I want eggquality. Where are the Muslim eggs!!

  • Matt

    One question– are these “Christian eggs” coming from cage free chickens?

  • http://alliedatheistalliance.blogspot.com/ pinkocommie

    There are no Christian eggs. There are no Christian chickens. But there are Christian people that sell eggs. The question should be, “would you buy eggs from a Christian”

    I don’t think this is accurate. I have no problem buying things from people who are religious, but I avoid buying things from people who incorporate their religion into what they’re selling. So yeah, I would buy eggs from a Christian, but I probably wouldn’t buy eggs from a Christian who advertised their religion with their eggs.

  • Erin

    I just checked my eggs and they also have that quote!

    Damn you, Aldi’s! D:

  • catherine

    I once bought a carton of eggs that had one of those christian fish symbols on it (didn’t even notice it until I got home). Personally, I thought it was funny because it seemed so random. I don’t worry much about stuff like this. It isn’t hurting anyone.

  • beckster

    There’s a regional NC chain that has God Bless America printed on their bags and cups, but holy cow they make make a delicious barbecue sandwich. The little slogan won’t stop me from eating the sandwich any more than In God We Trust keeps me from spending cash.

  • Jonas

    Over in the Mall near where I live is a Chick-A-Fil which proudly closes on Sundays, as it is an openly Christian company. — I don’t have a problem eating there — though nor have I seen Christian Proselytizing in their food services.

    I believe all Chick-A-Fil’s close on Sunday. I suppose it’s a business decision for them, though most other stores in that food court do business on both Sunday & Saturday.

  • Revyloution

    On a positive note, I found this on the inside of a bottle of juice I bought.

    http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc291/Revyloution/IMG_4266.jpg?t=1280283066

  • Rick

    Any business that advertises for Jesus is funnelling some of that money into a church of some description. I avoid buying from them because of that … somewhere down the line somebody is making a tax free profit off my purchase. And they’re using those tax free dollars to indoctrinate children.

  • Aj

    The question is not about buying from Christians, or Christian ownership at all. It’s about companies branding themselves as Christian or using their business to promote Christian messages. They’re free to do so, but I would boycott them for obvious reasons.

  • RavynSkyes

    I am more concerned about how the chickens are raised than the creed of farmer who raises them.

  • Casey

    Chick-fil-a’s are all closed on Sundays, but what else do you expect from a company founded in rural Georgia? Plus, it’s some delicious chicken, and the cleanest and most maintained fast food restaurant I’ve ever seen.

    A lot of Whataburgers also have “God Bless America” on the windows, but once again, it’s a bible belt fast food chain, what do you expect? And the burgers are ohh so delicious.

  • Kamaka

    I don’t worry much about stuff like this. It isn’t hurting anyone.

    The arrogance of the folks who play “holier than thou” like this is so obnoxious.

    No, it doesn’t break my leg, but if they want to quote scripture with my breakfast eggs, howz about some good old-fashioned god-talk like “kill them all, but keep the virgin girls as booty”?

  • Dan W

    I don’t think I’d want to buy stuff from these companies, especially the ones that quote the whole bible verse, not just the book and number of the verse. I’d rather not be proselytized with my food. However, I suppose whether I’d buy from places that do this depends on the situation, such as the quality of the products made and sold by places like In-N-Out Burger and similar businesses compared to ones that don’t put bible verses in the things they sell. I can tolerate the hidden ones that don’t quote the words of the verse, but if they go too far with it I’d stop buying from them entirely.

  • http://www.redheadedskeptic.com Laura

    I see both sides. Sometimes, it gets annoying. I finally had about enough of Chik-Fil-A after my last trip there. They had Christian music blaring through the speakers. They gave my daughter a Veggie Tales CD in her kid’s meal where they sing about how God loves everyone, and even the tray had an advertisement for a marriage enrichment website. It was a bit overkill. I don’t have a problem with it sometimes, but when they start proselytizing my child, yeah, I have a BIG problem with that. I don’t care about eggs. But when it’s everything all the time or in places it just doesn’t go at all (like the banner advertising Christian karate I saw the other day), it gets really off-putting. So I definitely think they have the right to do it, but it may lose this particular customer depending on my mood. I feel kind of prejudiced when I say that, but at the same time, I wouldn’t advertise myself as an atheist in a business environment simply because it’s not professional to do so. And if you’re going to be unprofessional, it just makes me wonder about the rest of the product.

  • stephanie

    This sort of thing isn’t enough to make me boycott a product, but it is enough to take the other option if there is one. They want to beat their chests about what great christians they are, fine. But I prefer people who believe in what they’re selling instead of what they’re told.

  • Daniel

    I love In-N-Out.

    Getting to dump a lot of scripture in the trash at the end of my meal is just an added bonus.

    Always found that a bit odd. Clothing, I’m going to wear, wash, and take care of it. But a verse on my burger wrapper is just going to act as a ketchup depository until I dump it in a big bag, where it will rot away with half eaten meals. Scripture and some of the grossest trash around seems an odd mix for a company to take, frankly.

  • http://yamipirogoeth.blogspot.com/ Sakura

    Weird…thought I posted a comment but it seems to have disappeared.

    But, like most people I’ve seen, I refuse to give money to a group that proselytizes like this. It’s still them forcing their beliefs upon me.

    Also, I have a pretty decent list over at the top of my blog if anyone’s interested in seeing more.

  • Beijingrrl

    Eh, it would depend on how easily replaceable the product was – Chickfila is one of the few edible food court options when I get stuck at a mall. And I like the fact that their kids meals usually come with PBS books instead of junky plastic toys.

    I won’t eat at Carl Jrs, because I know they were a huge financier of Christian anti-abortion groups.

    I’ll shop at Costco, but not Sams, because I prefer the way Costco treats their employees.

    I’m equally irritated when the tea I’m buying has a Buddhist saying, or new age quote, as I am when something has a Christian saying, but it’s not enough to stop me buying something I enjoy if that’s the only negative I know about the company.

    I guess really it comes down to whether I’m made aware that a company financially supports agendas I oppose. But I don’t bother researching every company I patronize. I’m sure if I did there would be very few places I could shop. Fortunately, I’m able to do very little shopping at big corporate stores.

  • Cheryl

    If I know it’s a company owned by a religious organization, I don’t patronize them. However, I can’t avoid the produce whole-seller for almost all the supermarkets in my area.

    Of the companies others listed here, I chose not to shop/buy for other reasons before I found out about their fundie background. Hobby Lobby sales people were always rude the two times I was actually in one. Forever 21 clothes look like street walker attire. I got food poisoning at 3 Chick-Fil-A stores in different cities within a year. If a store’s not open on Sundays, I don’t shop there mainly because it’s the one day I enjoy shopping – there’s usually fewer people around.

  • http://www.frommormontoatheist.blogspot.com Leilani

    I find it annoying, but I am sure many Christians may get annoyed when they get a hold of a piece of paper money that was once in my possession that I crossed ‘god’ off of.

    I worked for In-N-Out back in the day and it didn’t come across to me as a Christian company. I didn’t even notice the small bible verses on the bottom of the cups or backs of the burger wrappers until I had been working there for a few months. It was never pushed onto me as an employee.

    I would definitely refrain from donating money to a religious organization, but I find no problem spending some money on a product from a Christian company, as I am getting something for my money. I have no problem buying a necklace from a Wiccan at a craft fair or purchasing Kosher food at the grocery store.

    I would hope if I offered a good product, at a good price, that the fact I am an Atheist wouldn’t keep business away. Whether I was putting little red “A’s” on my product or not.

  • Aaron

    I have never been in a Chik-fil-a. They play religious music? There is one near here. Now I want to see if they are doing it. If they are, the chicken better be real good to get me back.

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com Anna

    Is Aldi’s a Christian company, or do they just buy some of their eggs from a Christian supplier? I had never heard of the chain before I started watching the Duggars on TLC, and they shop there almost exclusively. That makes me think maybe the whole store has fundamentalist connections?

    I’ve never found stealth religious phrases on any merchandise I’ve purchased. However, I have come across what appears to be Christian bread, though I can’t figure out if there’s anything religious about the company beyond the name.

  • blueridgelady

    Sorry, I have to link..(I am a member here)

    info on eggs and egg “production”- very relevant to topic if you assume egg production- even “Christian” egg production is humane.

    http://www.cok.net/camp/inv/egg.php
    http://www.eggindustry.com/

  • Erin W

    It annoys me the same way a famous local restaurant annoys me with it’s outspoken support for a particular political party. I avoid that restaurant because when I go to a sandwich shop, I want a sandwich, not campaign propaganda. Similarly, keep your sermons in the church, where they belong, and not in the refrigerator case.

  • Gibbon

    I just love how a few have referred to them as ‘Christian eggs’ after just a single verse. So you place one little quote from the Bible on the packaging and all of a sudden they are imbued with this Christian essence? It’s a miracle.

    This whole stink is absolutely hilarious.

  • fritzy

    Xtian companies are free to put bibble verses on their products. Likewise, I am free to purchase product from a company that does not annoy me with cloying mythological references. Sorry Aldi’s.

    One point that I never see brought up–didn’t Jesus destroy the merchant’s tables in the synogogues? Seems he was pissed, as it sullied his “father’s house.” Seems rather antithetical to the bibble and the message of xtianity to use one’s religion to peddle your wares. Let’s be honest: those bibble verses aren’t plastered on merchandise to save souls; they are there to sell product to like minded xtians. I know this pissed me off to the point that I would not buy products from companies like this when I was a believer–oddly, I never hear other believers or atheists bringing up this point.

    As for In-n-out–I had to hunt for the bibble verses after someone told me about them. Besides, they put crack in their burgers. I have to keep buying their food.

    Incidentally, Gibbon–get real. No company is going to go to the trouble of tagging their product with bibble verses unless they are a xtian company. The “stink” is that people who consider this message contrary to their world view are probably at least obligated to think about the implications of purchasing products from these companies.

  • http://n8chz.blogspot.com/ Lori

    The tone of these kinds of things comes across to me as, ‘yes, Virginia, we are on that side of the culture war.’ Thankx for tipping me off to Aldi. I’m embarrassed to have shopped there for so long.

  • Aj

    Gibbon is a moron, can’t read, and is delusional. Three comments use the phrase “Christian egg(s)”, two of them in scare quotes and another with a “There are no” preceding it. Was Hemant literally saying the eggs were “Christian” in some way? No, he even uses scare quotes in his question.

    Anna,

    Aldi isn’t a Christian company, the eggs aren’t produced by them. They may not even be aware of these messages.

  • The “Eh” theist

    It’s an interesting discussion-looking at how many comments on the entire blog are upset about atheists being stereotyped and mistrusted by the public along with calls to be more “out” as atheists, it’s interesting that the same sort of quick judgment happens with this “out” Christian egg producer. People might question the good faith of our request that they be more open to us (pun intended).

    We don’t know why they print verses on the egg box-they may have mistaken a series of coincidences and the natural outworkings of networking and reciprocity for “evidence” that god is “blessing” them and felt a compulsion to do so. Or they may secretly be owned by Billy Graham.

    I have a friend who managed investments until he retired and who was under the impression that “god had blessed him tremendously” when in reality it was church networking, lots of hard work and way above average returns-he simply didn’t think he was that talented and fell back on the god explanation.

    If it is a master plan on the part of the egg producer to fund the nest crusade, let’s not support it for sure, but let’s not assume that all displays of Christianity are due to the same motivators.

    We wouldn’t see a muslim version of this for the reason one of the above posters noted, they would never print “sacred scripture” on something to be tossed in the trash so casually-a very different mindset to be sure.

  • ewan

    One question– are these “Christian eggs” coming from cage free chickens?

    If they’re ‘darn cheap’ there’s essentially no chance of that, which is the best reason for boycotting them.

    Some people act like the entire planet was built just for them, other’s realise that we’re sharing it.

  • http://thegodlessmonster.com/ The Godless Monster

    Are there any business people in this thread?
    This proselytizing may not be originating from the egg vendor, but from the egg packaging vendor.
    You folks are aware that companies rarely, if ever produce their own packaging, right?

  • http://www.thatpinkmouse.com/bloggy Jenny Bliss

    well at least it isnt as bad as the whole biblical messeges on gun sights heh ahh now that was a bit of a booboo knowing me if i bought somthing like those eggs i most likley wouldnt notice hehe

  • germans8

    I feel ashamed for our in-germany-founded supermarket company..

  • Eric

    Monster: It’s a pretty poor vendor who doesn’t monitor what their packaging producer puts on their packaging.

    Or to put it another way:

    It doesn’t matter who made the packaging, it’s obviously what the vendor wants on their packaging. You should talk to some business people to learn about how that works.

  • Claudia

    I think buying products with discreetly featured Bible verses is much less objectionable than say, buying products from companies known to use child-labor or slave wages, which covers a fair proportion of things made in China, much of the coffee and chocolate we consume, many of the fruits and vegetables etc.

    I wouldn’t buy a product with visible verses saying this like “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” just out of pure irritation. However if I’m going to start making moral stands on my grocery shopping, I’d probably start elsewhere.

  • http://atheistreadsbible.blogspot.com/ Jude

    I’ve purchased items from Sierra Trading Post for years. Yes, it annoys me that he publishes a Bible verse on the order form, but I figure that’s his own idiocy; it doesn’t detract from the products the company sells. Here’s his explanation: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/CompanyPhilosophy.html

  • http://Religiouscomics.net Jeff P

    Would you buy toilet paper with Images of Jesus’ face on each sheet?

  • http://kanonnenpoetser.blogspot.com Iggy

    Belgium here (a little closer to Aldi’s home country, Germany).

    I just went to the fridge to check on the egg carton: no bible verse.

    Over here, Aldi is known for its deep discount prices. There isn’t a lot of information about the owners (they don’t talk to the press). Personally, I think they don’t care about imprinted bible verses, as long as the price is right.

    It could be an executive in the USA who specifically selected the supplier.

  • Trace

    “one egg in some unknown carton contains a plastic Jesus inside.”

    Cool. Maybe a chocolate Kinder Surprise “egg” with a baby Jesus?…chocolate…baby…delicious.

    Wikipedia: “Seasonal eggs are introduced around the holidays, such as the limited-edition creche collections (featuring such characters as the three kings, baby Jesus, and assorted barnyard animals) found around Christmas, and the huge ones found at Easter (extremely popular in Italy).”

  • Denis Robert

    I don’t believe in or accept proselytism, so I try my best to not patronize businesses which double as religious propaganda outfits. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t patronize my business if I had a big sign saying “ALL BELIEVERS ARE BIG FAT IDIOTS” above my name plate.

    Business and Religion shouldn’t mix, just like Politics and Religion. Maybe Religion shouldn’t mix with anything, just to be on the same side!

  • Denis Robert

    @The Godless Monster: Nevertheless, if the packaging manufacturer had inserted the Bible quote without their customer’s consent, it’s highly unlikely that the quote would have remained; that or the packaging manufacturer wouldn’t stay long in business.

  • ewan

    It could be an executive in the USA who specifically selected the supplier.

    It’s also possibly that no-one at Aldi or their suppliers actually believes this stuff, it’s possible that they just think it’s good marketing in the US. Just like McDonalds not serving beef in India – not borne out of a religious conviction of their own, but a practical consideration of giving the customer what (most of them) want.

  • Paul Janssen

    @Aj: “Aldi isn’t a Christian company, the eggs aren’t produced by them. They may not even be aware of these messages.”

    That’s not exactly right. The two Albrecht brothers who founded Aldi (btw: Theo Albrecht, the younger brother died last Saturday, it’s covered in German news just today) are/were devout Catholics. So that kind of makes sense.
    Having been to (German) Aldi dozens and dozens of times, I’ve never seen any religious allusions anywhere in the shops, though.

  • http://criticallyskeptic.blogspot.com Kevin, Critically Skeptic

    I usually toss the carton and put my eggs in a little plastic dealie – those cartons don’t protect the eggs enough.

  • ABinMN

    Like many others here, I would look for another brand. In the first place, I feel it’s not business-like to be putting bible verses on egg cartons (or to be mixing religion and business in any way), and secondly, I simply wouldn’t want to have to have a little dig of annoyance every time I opened up the egg carton.

    @ Sakura – Subway?! Tell me it’s not so!

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    A private company is free to sell its products in any packaging that it chooses (assuming such packaging is not in some way dangerous). Private citizens are free to choose what they want to buy, and to base those decisions on packaging if they so choose. So what’s the issue here again?

  • Traziness

    If they run the contest to find the plastic jesus inside the egg at least someone will get to yell ‘I’ve found jesus!’ and actually mean it for a change. ;)

  • Justin

    The presented dichotomy is too simple. Evangelical messages on a product wrapper aren’t quite enough to make me boycott an enterprise. However, if I know that a company is associated with religious causes dedicated to denying civil rights to another demographic, no way they’re seeing a dime from me.

    For instance, I have a college friend that recently signed a three book deal with a Christian publisher that has ties to James Dobson and Focus on the Family. She’s a wonderful person and a great writer, but no way am I going to buy any of those books.

  • OneHandClapping

    In a free market, capitalistic style economy that we live in within the United States, we “vote” for products with our dollars. So, when you knowingly purchase products such as these, you are tacitly implying that you support the company AND the message.

    It may be easier to look at it from another standpoint: if there were pro-Scientology messages on the product would you still willingly purchase said product? What if it had a small swastika? I know, I know, the swastika is extreme, but the point remains the same. Would you support an ideology you strongly disagree with by purchasing the product?

  • plutosdad

    So, we’re not supposed to do business with christians now? Or maybe it’s not that bad, people just won’t do business with those uppity christians that don’t keep their faith inside their home where we can’t be disturbed by it?

    Where have I heard that before? I don’t see any difference between the comments here and christians who call for boycotts of Disney (and now Home Depot) for supporting gay rights causes.

    Buying eggs with a bible verse printed on it is not the same as giving money to some faith based charity or christian activist group.

    If anyone wants to they can go ahead, I just hope they see the irony.

  • OneHandClapping

    @ plutosdad

    So, let’s extend this a bit more. Do you feel that the current international ban on “Blood Diamonds” is worthwhile? Again, this falls on the extreme end of the spectrum and the analogy isn’t exact, but let’s see how far ethics can take us.

  • http://www.intelligentdesignfacts.com Torey

    “It’s not a big deal, but it’s a little off-putting when you find out your sandwich and sweater are made of Jesus.”That statement really caught my attention! Wow.

  • Aj

    plutosdad,

    I see these type of comments a lot on here lately. You see no difference in an atheist being against quoting Bible verses on products and a Christian being against support for gay rights? No difference in morality at all, a moral equivalence in the justification of their views, the harm of their views, and implications on equality of rights of their views. Apparently your morality is based on equal treatment of food products regardless of their religious content. I’m sorry if I give a shit about people and the truth.

  • http://chunkymonkeymind.blogspot.com/ Palaverer

    I’m concerned with buying meat that hasn’t been abused, which is why I will now only buy local eggs.

    Here’s a fun quote from Joel Salatin, who speaks for the “free-range” egg lobby: “People have a soul; animals don’t. Unlike us, animals are not created in God’s image.”

    And that is his justification for tossing live chicks into the meat grinder. Christianity, folks. The religion of love.

  • plutosdad

    onehandclapping
    no the proper analogy would be “I won’t do business with anyone who wears any type of diamond” That is how ridiculous it is.

    Seriously not doing business with christians who don’t “keep their christianity in the closet”?

    to not buy eggs someone wrote a bible phrase on is no different than the wedding photographer that won’t do gay weddings. And makes as much sense, and is just a morally repugnant.

  • plutosdad

    Aj of course I feel much much more outrage at the person who is against gay rights. In fact I wouldn’t say I feel anger at the comments here, but more like a “wtf?” feeling.

    So personally, yes the degree is far different. But my personal feelings do not dictate right and wrong. I am just trying to remove the emotion an analyze what people are really proposing here.

  • muggle

    Depends. In almost all cases, I’d pick something without the bit of scripture or buybull reference but there are cases now where I’d make an exception unless I know of a company’s further taking action to fight religious freedom.

    But these days, I’m going rapidly crippled and my daughter’s car died. This narrows my options. I put on her to a great extent to fetch for me but where I can be independent, I stubbornly will. Plus I want to do want I can to ease the burden of her being squeezed between a handicapped mother and a small son.

    We get Schwan’s here who deliver high-quality frozen foods. I’ve never seen anything untoward and am just using them as an example. I would complain if they started putting buybull verses on packaging, in their catalogs or on their web page but unless it reached the sickening point (like covering everything) I’d probably continue using them just to have food delivered. (No local grocery stores do so and Schwan’s food is good.)

    I also do a great deal of catalog/on-line shopping. Amazon is the largest, of course, especially since I’m now also taking advantage of their grocery section to have dry goods and household products delivered. This will increase when I retire, hopefully shortly.

    Amazon, of course, doesn’t disgust me with such but I do also shop some mail order companies who don’t precisely do that but do sell an inordiant amount of Christian product. I blow it off. Because I need and want their service. They don’t push me to buy their Christian products and I figure they’re just offering something that would appeal to a majority of American shoppers. They are a business, after all, and I really don’t care if they are Christian.

    However, I’d stop doing business with them if I found out that they donated a percentage of their profits (I am not going to worry about what individual employees do; that’s not the company) to organizations that lobbied to make Christianity law.

    If they give part of their profit to fight gay marriage or abortion, they ain’t getting my dime to do it with. Even with the trouble I’m having physically or loved their product, I’d look for another alternative then.

  • OneHandClapping

    @ plutosdad

    You did not answer my question, but I admit I am not surprised. I gather from your responses that boycotting a product/service/whatever is beneath contempt as far as you are concerned. Well that’s how the market works, like it or not. If you don’t like a product no matter the reason it’s your right to not purchase it as a form of protest. Vote with your dollars. Would you like examples? Watch “Milk” and tell me what they did regarding boycotting businesses was morally repugnant.

  • http://www.banalleakage.com martymankins

    I give In-N-Out a pass for being not only discreet and not in your face, but not being overly preachy about their practice.

    The egg thing pushes it more, but I would just buy another brand of eggs if it bothered me enough.

  • http://alliedatheistalliance.blogspot.com/ pinkocommie

    to not buy eggs someone wrote a bible phrase on is no different than the wedding photographer that won’t do gay weddings. And makes as much sense, and is just a morally repugnant.

    wha…?

  • Don Rose

    I would not buy that product, or any other product from said company. I would send emails and letters to the store/supplier explaining why. I refuse to do anything that even remotely supports any religion. I’d probably throw the eggs at the store too….lol.

  • Aj

    plutosdad,

    I have no idea where you’re coming from. You don’t think promoting the Bible as the source of truth and morals is morally repugnant? You think being against that is morally equivalent to being against gay rights? It’s bullshit to suggest others are just using their emotions and personnel feelings because you have some fucked up “morality”. I don’t really care to find out what dictates what you consider right and wrong if boycotts are wrong, and promoting the Bible is right.

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com Anna

    Mixing business with religion or politics seems like a bad idea. What’s next? Pro-choice chicken? Anti-abortion apples? Republican ravioli? Libertarian linguine?

    I wouldn’t buy eggs from a company that proselytizes because I don’t want to support religion. While I don’t care what the owners of the company do in their private lives, I don’t agree with pushing their views on others through their products.

    • Imjustsaying

      “Hi, I’m Anna and I have a weak conscience. Please don’t offend my very fragile person or challenge my views for I lack understanding and hate knowledge. It discourages my cushy problem-free life in fantasy land.”

  • http://yamipirogoeth.blogspot.com/ Sakura

    @ABinMN – It’s not the entire chain of Subway, just franchise’s who choose to take a religious approach is all.

  • http://n8chz.blogspot.com/ Lori

    According to Sally Thomas, the religious eggs have been discontinued. That was over a year ago. Maybe they’ve been recontinued.

    I always assumed part of the notably stingy business model of Aldi was that all merchandise can be considered ‘store brand,’ if that makes a difference.

    Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

    I thought the ‘b-quote’ button in the comment form was for Bible quotes. Apparently it’s ‘blockquote.’

  • Gibbon

    The “stink” is that people who consider this message contrary to their world view are probably at least obligated to think about the implications of purchasing products from these companies.

    The implications of buying a product from a company that is owned and run by Christians? (Rhetorical) Can you honestly tell me that every company that you purchase goods from is not owned or run by people who subscribe to the Christian religion, or any other religion for that matter?

    Aj, apparently sarcasm doesn’t work very well in writing.

    By the way, am I the only one that sees this whole stink as having stark similarities to the American Family Association call for boycotts of companies that treat homosexuals like all other humans?

    Again, this stink still has me in hysterics.

  • http://thebigreason.com Mark Eagleton

    I’ve always been a little torn on this subject. The religious propaganda at places I patronize do annoy me, but I find it equally annoying when religious groups boycott for the same reasons. Everyone here makes great cases pro and con boycotting.

    Laura’s experience with Chick-fil-A definitely crosses the proselytization line. I suppose it really comes down to the overall enjoyment of the product/service/experience. The more preachy my experience is, the less likely I will be to enjoy myself. The nastier the restroom is, the less likely I will be to enjoy myself. I think I will let this be the deciding factor.

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com Anna

    The implications of buying a product from a company that is owned and run by Christians? (Rhetorical) Can you honestly tell me that every company that you purchase goods from is not owned or run by people who subscribe to the Christian religion, or any other religion for that matter?

    IMO, there’s a difference between a company owned by Christians and a company owned by Christians who are using their services/products to promote Christianity. I have no problem with the former, but I do not care to support the latter. I prefer to give my hard-earned money to companies that refrain from pushing what I see as an illogical and immoral worldview on their customers.

  • Michael

    This is easy to solve:

    http://urbanchickens.org/

  • nerdiah

    I’ll bet the chickens weren’t rejoicing when they got crammed into cages too small to spread their wings and had their beak-tips removed with hot pliers.

    • Generalmb

      How do you know they are crammed into cages?

    • noNERDiah

       God gives man dominion over the animals, especially for food. Nice try. Now go hug a tree and call it your child, lest others in the real world need to chop one down to produce paper products, unless you desire to sympathize with the hard life of a tree before it becomes furniture or anything else you dishonestly mourn over, yet use and consume regardless of product packaging?

      • GBReyes

        I’m sorry, noNERDiah, but I am a Christian and I also know it to be true that God gives us dominion over animals, BUT that does not mean to just treat them whatever way we choose. God has given each animal a particular nature, and in serving Him we are to treat His creatures with respect and care and allow the animal to be what God has created it to be. God created chickens to peck, to dig, to move around, not to be crammed in cages. It’s really disrespectful to God to think that we can treat God’s creation in any way that suits us–are we going to follow God’s way or our own way? God does not condone animal abuse of any kind–all that he created is GOOD, and we ruin that good with our sinful greed–, and we will answer for not only how we treat others but how we treated all that God gave us to steward.

  • SeekerLancer

    Meh, there’s no issue here. It’s a privately owned company that produces the eggs. They can put swastikas on them for all I care if the product is good. They have every right to do it.

  • Anna

    My mom shops at Aldi, so I’ve seen this before. When I first saw this, my friend and I found it amusing and proceeded to draw little angels on the eggs since they were “holy.” We also drew one egg with Dumbledore on it. He looked pretty smug.

  • Keith

    There are many people who would consider the Bible, and certainly Psalms, to simply be historical literature. If everyone is atheist, why all the hullabaloo? Why not simply view this verse as a sentence from a writing from an uninformed, uneducated, backwards time in the history of civilization (just like Persian, Greek, and Roman mythology). There is no stated intent on the carton so why is everyone jumping to conclusions? With no stated intent you come to your own conclusions. If you conclude that they are trying to be evangelistic about it I think you are strangely misguided.

  • Nunzio

    All this fuss over an Old Testament Scripture passage on a carton of eggs!

    It just shows how intolerant the self-righteous hypocrites on the left are.

    Go ahead and pay the inflated prices at a unionized grocery store. But then again, isn’t this really what this is about? Union vs. Non-Union?

  • carole

    Personally, I love Aldi. Their prices are fairly low, and they have great specials. And I love it that they have egg suppliers that have the guts to put a Bible verse on the cartons. Some of us in America still have Christian morals, and are not afraid to speak up. And for a photographer to refuse to photograph a homosexual union or whatever is showing he is not afraid to show he believes it is morally wrong, like God says it is. I really love it at Easter time, when Aldi gets in some really great chocolate. Yummy!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/thatguyyouwanttoknow Ian Z. Futterer

      And I believe you are morally wrong for supporting discrimination. I am a photographer, and how would you like it if I refused service to you because you are a christian?

      • Taz

         I’d LOVE IT. It would simply mean you are a fool and who wants to deal with a fool? You would be doing me a FAVOR! God is good!!!

        (Those with fragile egos and weak personalities need to grow a pair.)

  • Ken Blystone

    If a person buys an egg and doesn’t like the scriptures on the carton,ie,atheist,
    islamic,whoever,they have the right to buy their eggs from somewhere else. That’s the problem with america. Everyone is afraid to stand for their beliefs for they might offend someone. The Holy Bible tells us not to conform to this world. And to share His message of love throughout the entire world… Does this company have a right to serve their King with all of heart, mind, soul,and strength. ABSOLUTELY!
    We wouldn’t even be having this discussion if it wasn’t a Christian company…
    And we want to know why this at one time mighty country is losing favor across the globe… Deny Almighty Father God and He will take His plans to a nation that wants to hear His voice not choke it out!
    Come on america it’s always God please bless america… How about AMERICA BLESS GOD! Keep on making these eggs and send them throughout this world! God bless Goldhen Egg Farms and everyone that helps keep these eggs supplying many people with a much needed resource! In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
    Deny Christ and He will deny you on that final judgment day! Are you ready to meet your maker? God bless us all! Ken

  • Lisa D

    Unreal. What is with those of you whose input was that Bible verses need to stay in church, etc. If you don’t like the product or its message, then don’t buy it. If someone advertised using Satanic verse, I wouldn’t go near it. That’s why God put us here, ladies and gentlemen, freedom of choice. But I am somewhat surprised that in 2010 some of you still expect Christians to keep God to themselves in private businesses. If you don’t like it-don’t shop there or ignore the message or buy different eggs.
    But where does anyone come off thinking that they retain the freedoms to tell people to keep their views to themselves, while expressing their own view that people do so? I see, freedom of speech is fine as long as it agrees with your views, right? God isn’t the censor my peeps-but some of you are well on your way! What hypocrisy!! Yuk, I’ll stick with God.

    • GodisGood

      “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6

      Solution for jealous truth-haters:  Don’t patronize these places or buy their products if you hate the truth so much. Stay miserable and petty and far away from a good thing, lest you pervert others’ consciences.

      Only the despising, envious, self-loathing curse the good—those who acknowledge God their Maker and Blesser Who is GOOD. (Believe it: Your lack of patronage will NOT hurt these businesses one bit. God’s grace is sufficient for His people. Go ahead and test it. You’ll only be disappointed some more!)

  • jenni

    at least it’s not a preachy verse. someone of any religion can look at it and have it brighten their day, i know it brightened mine. don’t think of it as “oh their trying to convert me” the bible is just another book, right? so it’s just another sentence. i didn’t read, “FIIIRE AND A BA-RIMSTOOONE!” i read, “hey, have a good day:D”

  • Theo

    Honestly, it’s rather stupid and actually rather sad to be worrying about some old testament verse on some eggs. Really? That’s just stupid, I definitely can indicate the verses on in-n-out and that DOESN’T mean I am going to stop buying burgers and fries from them. I mean that is just stupid in my opinion. Really idiotic discussion topic this guy brought up and “Friendly” atheist? I don’t think so.

  • Therusticvictorian

    I get the Aldi Goldhen eggs too, I love the Bible scripture there, and anywhere else as far as that goes. I am a Christian.

  • Generalmb

    I love that there is a verse inside the carton of eggs.  I am not at all offended I thinks it’s great.  This country started out to escape religious persecution I don’t see why Christians have to hid in the closet because people are offended by what they stand for.  There is still religious freedom in the country.  Christian should have the freedom to put verses on the products if they want to.  After all everyone else seems to have freedom to say and do what they believe and sometimes I am offended by  their beliefs no one is persecuting them for what they believe.  Thumps up for Goldhen eggs.

  • Lee. E

    I just saw Psalms 118:24 inside my egg carton.  Hallelujah!!   The only thing better would be for it to be on the OUTSIDE of the carton!  Keep up the good work!

  • Jesus1

    I love that this company is out there witnessing to many who are lost and need to hear the Truth that Jesus is the Light of the world. Believe in Him and you will be saved, develope a relationship with Him, talk to him everyday all the time. He loves you more than you know. We deserve Hell but He is giving us Heaven by grace  by our faith, not by our works. 
    Keep doing what you are doing Aldi’s   I will keep buying your eggs!!!!

  • LovesHerCoffee

    I’n not at all bothered by Christian or other religious messages on things I buy. However, I do care about whether or not I am spending my money with a company that provides material or financial support for so-called religious organizations that are actually hate groups in disguise. 

    I found this discussion through a web search for GoldHen eggs because it’s the first time I saw the message on the carton and I wanted to find out if they donate to something like Focus on the Family or some such group. If they do, I absolutely will not buy their product again. I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A (no matter how delicious) due to their support for discrimination.

    • GBReyes

      Chick-Fil-A does not discriminate–they will serve anyone who wants to eat their chicken!

  • DaemonFC

    It’s a little too early in the morning for science fiction isn’t it? :)

  • DaemonFC

    Come to think of it, they should put random bible verses on these things. I’d like to see someone open up a carton of eggs and read all the homophobic, pro-slavery, pro-child abuse crap in the Christian bible. Of course, they also won’t want to miss the parts about killing adulterous women and impregnating your brother’s widow.

    • bill

      Or the one about a fool who speaks

      • Guest666

        judge not, lest ye be judged.

  • DaemonFC

    Oh, and the part where God was like “Go chop your son in half!” STOP!! I was just $&#^ing with you, dude!”

  • DaemonFC

    Or perhaps something out of another translation of the bible, since nobody can actually agree on just one. I suggest something from Lolcat Leviticus 18.

    http://www.lolcatbible.com/index.php?title=Leviticus_18

  • Cassie Wonderalke

    Wow, the comments here about a scripture quote on a carton of eggs.  Don’t you people have better things to argue about?  It might do you some good to eat some “Hebrew” eggs.  Yes, Hebrew.  The quote is actually from the Old Testament, the Book of Hebrew’s if you will.  I love how those who scream for tolerance in all things, are the least tolerant.  A tad hypocritical on their part.   The rest of us “Judeo Christans” are supposed to tolerate and embrace your beliefs but you can take a pass on tolerating others.  Me thinks that those here calling “Christians” hate groups are in reality the real haters.  The haters of those who think and believe differently from them.  Yes, hypocrites indeed.

  • Cg9983

    Bible verse if fine, but what I am really trying to find out is if they live the Bible verse by the way they treat their chickens.  I can’t find a web site.  There is nothing about the hens being cage free, hormone free, what they eat , are they outside?   If they are heartless in treating their chickens, a Bible verse is meaningless.  Anyone have the information I’m looking for? 

  • Valorie McNerney

    OK, “plastic Jesus in an egg”  Seriously?!  Either you are trying to start arguments or “I hope” not that stupid.  It’s not anyone’s job to tell Christians they cannot say or do as they see fit.  If you don’t like them, don’t buy them! Simple as that.  While I’m here…..if you are an atheist… don’t believe there is a God…..why does He upset you so much?  If He’s not there, you have nothing to worry about.  On the other hand, if He is…..you should worry.  Hopefully,  worry enough to ask Him to show you He is real.  He will!

  • Buddy

    I too love the eggs and especially the Bible verse inside the carton.
    Praise the Lord for those who are NOT ashamed of the Gospel,
    “the power of God unto salvation”.
    God bless Goldhen
    Buddy

  • kayjaygee

    Aldi chooses to put a verse inside their egg carton.  You have a choice not to buy them if you don’t like it as much as I have a right to buy them because I do like it. You can be whatever you’d like to be, but I am a Christian.  Kindly refrain from telling us what we can and can’t do as Christians.  End of story.

    • Guest666

      And yet, you tell us what to do. Nice. I guess Christians are the only ones allowed an opinion.

  • mike

    Just deal with it, you will never get rid of God or His Word. The Holy Spirit deals with you guys all the time, thats why your so mad. Anyway did the egg, or the chicken come first?

  • KC

    I can easily ignore scripture or whatever else does not resonate with me. My question is are the chickens treated ethically and humanely???

  • GypsyDragonfly

    I occasionally shop at Aldi’s to run in get something quick and prices are great. I am not religious. Although I feel a “hidden” bible verse may be offensive to other religions. The company should put something on the top of the box like kosher foods do. That way you know it is a religious product.

  • http://www.facebook.com/B.KellyStevens B Kelly Stevens

    Shucks ‘n thanks, Lisa D. I WON’T be buying any eggs that are packed in a Goldhen JAY-sus Package. But, by Biblical hoo-doo extension, aren’t these eggs UNBORN BABIES?????????? SACRILEGG!!!!! (PS. My IQ is 168. Yours?)

    –B, Kelly Stevens

  • Silence Dogood

    I’d say the message is appropriate for anyone. Is it a bad idea to be happy about having a new day to live? Whether you believe God has given it or not, you still can “rejoice and be glad in it.” However, I would encourage you to look into the source of the quote and see if you can’t begin to see the first half of the verse as well.

  • Natasha

    I am so appreciative of Aldi’s and others sharing their faith and beliefs with the products they make and the businesses they run. As a Christian, we are called to share our faith in the community we are in. You can’t put Jesus in a box or file him away till church time. If it’s ok for me to share who my favorite sports team is, them I should more enthusiastically share my love for the One and Only Christ who has created a place in Heaven for all who are willing.

  • MindTinker

    What makes you think the verse is Christian? Psalm 118 was Jewish long before it was adopted by Christians. … Get over it.

  • Olga Moya

    Lisa D I could not have said it any better myself. I say go ALDI ~ keep those eggs coming with a positive message, a message of life vs negative, and death!

  • Whitewright Tiger

    The eggs are a great price. If one does not like the Bible verse then you have a choice~buy your eggs somewhere else. After all these may be Blessed :)

  • bill s

    Who Cares! people get all bent out of shape because a positive scripture is on a product, instead of getting upsetat much bigger issues. how come people get upset at a scripture on a egg carton but not a mylie Cyrus shaking her stuff on tv.? Its the company’s product they can put what they want on there. don’t like it, don’t buy it. If you want to take a stand, take one for something that counts.

  • bill s

    Some stand for immorality, some for injustice but let someone stand for righteousness and things of God and how Much backlash do they receive? people need to get over themselves, to each their own. I don’t tell others what they can think, believe, wear or do, so the same needs to apply. I think its good to see something positive, its refreshing, especially with all the negative that thrown in our faces. Keep it up GoldHen, You got my support.

  • bill s

    I’m going to buy some right now…thanks Patheos for endorsing them.

  • Raminta Lapsys

    What a wonderful way to start the day, preparing eggs and seeing the biblical verse Psalms 118:24 This is the Day which The Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. And knowing that Our Creator will bless our day. He loves us always and showers us with His unending love. I will keep you in my prayers so that you, too, will be enveloped in His Great Love and be touched by His Spirit. Let us truly rejoice in ALL of His blessings. What a great feeling!


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