Kuma's Corner Burger Sparks Religious Controversy
Kuma’s Corner features a special burger each month, and this month, they featured a $17, 10-ounce goat and beef burger called the "Ghost," which is garnished with an unconsecrated communion wafer and red wine reduction sauce.
While this burger’s fans merely call the burger “sacrillicious,” others aren’t so thrilled.
“Upon reading this article, being the kind of Catholic that I am, it didn't bother me as much as I thought [it would], says Danyelle Velonza, a devout Catholic, Eucharistic Minister, "because it [the burger] is not a consecrated host; it is not the body of Jesus. The red wine sauce is also not consecrated, so it has no significance of being the blood of Jesus. On another note, I do not approve of the name. For one thing, it is incorrect because it can't be the ghost when the ghost represents the Holy Spirit, and not Jesus himself. I do not appreciate a mockery of the faith by the band they have named the burger after.”
According to Kuma’s Corner’s Facebook page, the Ghost burger is “in the spirit of our undying reverence for the lord and all things holy ... we think it is a fitting tribute to the supreme blasphemous activities carried out by the band itself.” In addition, Kuma's Corner released an announcement on their home page saying, “We appreciate the kind words of support from the vast majority of people who understand that we, in no way, created this as a commentary on religion or as an attack on anyones personal beliefs. In the past we have done a number of burgers dealing with this same exact topic to very little fanfare. Never in the spirit of offending anyone, and always in mindset of praising a band for the work that they do.”
Though Kuma’s Corner has two Chicago locations, this notorious burger is only available at its Belmont location for the month of October. Kuma’s Corner stands behind their decision to name and create the burger in the way that they did, and they claim they have the right to do so under the First Amendment. In addition, in order to show a sign of good will, Kuma’s Corner is donating $1,500 to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese.
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