Church bans Pepsi products

A Florida “mega-church” has decided to remove all Pepsi vending machines from its campus and replace them with ones serving Coca-Cola. The change is due to Pepsi’s perceived support for LGBT rights and legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

“Terry Kemple, a member of Bell Shoals Baptist and president of the Community Issues Council, said the church’s decision to boycott Pepsi products came after months of failed discussions with the soft drink company.

The council, formed ‘to promote and protect Judeo-Christian values’ according to its Web site, and church officials asked the soft drink company to curb its support of groups, events and legal issues that oppose traditional family values,’ Kemple said.

The company, Kemple said, sponsors major gay pride parades and events across the country.

‘This year, they pumped millions of dollars into organizations that opposed California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8,’ he said. ‘There are a lot of corporations that have diversity programs, but Pepsi goes far beyond.'”

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5 Comments
  1. Jeffrey L. Shy, M.D.

    I always knew there was a reason that I preferred Pepsi over Coke. NOW I KNOW! Perhaps we could do a special marketing with Pepsi with a special “Episcopalian” Pepsi product? The Red/White/Blue of the Episcopal emblem would look great on a Pepsi can. How about “Episcopepsi?” I could be an Episcopepsian! : )

  2. Nicholas Knisely

    I debated pointing out the close relationship between the Episcopal and Pepsi Cola (in an anagramtic way of speaking). But decided that it was best left as an exercise for the reader.

    But since Jeffrey got so very close to the idea…

  3. dutchfox

    Anyone remember the boycott of orange juice back in the late 1970s because of Anita Bryant’s stand against LBGTs? No screwdrivers were served in FL gay bars. – Jay Vos

  4. I don’t care what their politics are, I can’t drink that Pepsi junk!

    Are we really going to start eating and drinking products based on their perceived “politics of sexuality”?

    Crazy times!

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