Whole Foods' Ramadan Promotion Controversy

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There's a storm brewing, but sadly for Dallas, this one won't bring rain. CNN jas followed up on a story from our sister blog in Houston, which reported that the food retailer pandered to right-wing pressure and canceled promotions related to the ongoing Ramadan holiday.

Eating Our Words broke the story yesterday after obtaining an email sent internally among Whole Foods employees. Facebook and Twitter sent the story viral, igniting a debate over the merits of religion as a promotional tool, religion's influence over what we eat, our fears and stereotypes and how they govern the way we interact with cultures we may not fully understand.

Whole Food's representatives claim that Eating Our Words' reporting amounts to nothing but a "tempest in a teapot". But editor Katherine Shilcutt followed up today with screen shots of the emails straight from Whole Food's servers, which clearly recommend yanking promotional materials referring to Ramadan.

It is probably best that we don't specifically call out or 'promote' Ramadan," reads a portion of that email. "We should not highlight Ramadan in signage in our stores as that could be considered 'Celebrating or promoting' Ramadan."

The email was sent out from Whole Foods' corporate office to its marketing teams.

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Valorie Hosch
Valorie Hosch

Blaming Republicans for the actions of Whole Foods is idiotic. I would imagine that Whole Foods caved to their CUSTOMERS faster than anyone else involved in this "controversy." And  if so, that is how it should be. The customer is always right.

taxpayer22
taxpayer22

** The first Sura or chapter of the Koran contains the MELODIC CURSING of the Jews and Christians that is repeated five times daily in prayers.

they’re calling FOR your death...**

cool music
cool music

FORGET ALL THIS TRIVIA... ISLAM IS COMING . AND YOU ARE GOING GOING GONE.... FLOG THE WOODEN CROSS AND DIE BY THE GREEN CRECENT. THE GREEN CRECENT IS THE SERPENT. THIS IS THE GOLDEN AGE OF LITERACY....SAY BYE TO IT ... ISLAM IS COMING AND SO IS YOUR BLOODLINE'S END. GET READY.It's either nuclear weapons or islam. We have to choose. Without nuclear weapons islam will never be wiped out ...and by wiped out i mean WIPED OUT !!!  Only AFTER islam is WIPED OUT can we even think of a nuclear weapon free world. Look around you at these monkeys ... can't you see where they are taking us as a species ? islam is leading the planet to a non- stop blood bath ...slowly and surely ...and without nuclear weapons islam's march will never be stopped. Someone has to start bombing the monkeys sometime .... i have a feeling that China will be the first to bite back on islam's arse. .... then free for all..... we live in interesting times.... our generation will see the death of islam....but how it will happen will be worth watching. Intelligence has a way of waking up and crushing the moronic , however vicious and barbaric. The thing to actually wonder is how Mecca and Medina will be pulverised. How will we do it ? And which year? That will be the exact beginning of a new era of peace. i have a feeling somewhere around some table some people in high and right places are looking at this solution. And i have a feeling they compromise a lot of different people from all over the globe. Intelligence is Good. Intelligence is Cool. islam is neither. Hence islam will literally dissolve. Without mecca and medina there is no islam. Period.After islam is Irradicated we can think about nuclear disarmamment and all things peacefull and noble. Till then we have to wait . We have to. There is no option. They want us all dead and we want to live.... got any brighter ideas? Cheers !!  THE MOVIE SERIES PLANET OF THE APES IS BASED ON A WORLD FILLED WITH ISLAM. LOOK PROPERLY.

cool music
cool music

First things first .. The koran is not a holy book..it is the most evil and racist and sexist book ever written. It is a slur to the written word. It is an insult to human intelligence. Have no doubt. Read it to disbelieve it .The Koran is PURE NONSENSE. All muslims should be trying to get out of islam's clutches . All muslims should be trying to get out of islam's clutches not only for their sake and their children's sake but for the sake of their forefathers and foremothers who were converted to this evil and vile cult by the sword and fright. Forget christianity if it’s such a big issue .muslims need to move out en masse to something like buddhism. Or mass suicide. One can only hope. Let's not forget that Islamic prayer includes a ritual of repeated MELODIC repetition of the first verse of the Koran, a verse that has been interpreted since its authoratative interpretation in medieval times, and still is today, to be a curse on Jews and Christians.The first Sura or chapter of the Koran contains the MELODIC CURSING of the Jews and Christians that is repeated five times daily in prayers. So the next time you hear the melodic Islamic call from the nearest mosque you helped build remember they aren’t calling you …they’re calling FOR your death.

foodbitch
foodbitch

Wondering if they decided not to promote food to people celebrating a holiday during which they fast? That would be my first thought anyway. Kind of like promoting a lovely Yom Kippur feast or maybe a shiny Shabbat ham? 

Lee
Lee

Another sad day in a series of sad days brought to you by people, including Governor Perry's friends in the AFA who believe that the First Amendment only protects Christians, who are dead set on creating an American Christian Taliban with the equivalent of Sharia law amongst us (states' rights be damned).

Bob
Bob

Every retailer celebrates and promotes religious holidays as a marketing strategy.  Not just the Christmas and Easter stuff for the Christian folks, but Passover and Rosh Hashonah, for those hordes of Jews amongst us.  Is this just more crap from the "War on Christmas" warriors, determined at all costs to rise up from their "victimhood" as a beleaguered majority?

Bob
Bob

This is what you get from the evil spawn of Michele Bachmann and Rush Limbaugh, with Sarah Palin as the nanny.

MattL1
MattL1

Who the hell "liked" these comments?

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

ZOMG! I heard they make bread out of Christian babies' blood, too!

RobertJ
RobertJ

get a life. Not all muslims are terrorists you stupid bigot.

Bob
Bob

Of course you would.  And that is why they hate you.

MattL1
MattL1

Um, they fast during the day.  Once the sun sets, people who haven't eaten all day tend to get fairly hungry.  Therefore, Iftar tends to be a sizable meal.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

That's how I interpreted it. They're fasting, why promote it at a food store?????

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Maybe you should look up how the ramadan fasting works

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