This news story by Mark Memmott shares the public’s reaction to Kuma’s Corner, a Chicago restaurant, new burger. This burger, the burger of the month, contains a communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce. The burger is inspired by a Swedish heavy metal band called Ghost. The band paints their faces and wears hoods and robes to appear religious. Kuma’s Corner acknowledges that this burger was likely to offend some people, but that was not their intentions. They were just simply in need of a new venturesome burger and chose this mixture of ingredients to create their burger of the month.
Mark Memmott chose a very interesting and controversial topic to cover on National Public Radio (NPR), for he has gotten over 200 comments on the story. Memmott seems to stay pretty neutral on the topic throughout the article, giving information from all viewpoints. However as he explains the situation you can tell he doesn’t see much of a problem with Kuma’s Corner having this burger because at the end of the article he includes a little ‘advertisement’ for them. The ‘advertisement’ includes the price of the burger and some side dishes available. He notes how he got the information from Tribune, but it was still his choice to include this information in the article. This proves that he supports the restaurant in including this burger on their menu.
Mark includes a Christian viewpoint on this topic specifically a Catholic one when he refers to the U.S. conference of Catholic Bishop website. His point with using this website was that Catholics see these wafers and the wine as the body and blood of Christ the Lord. The argument he tries to make is that the wafers used on this burger are not consecrated unlike the wafers being offered at church. Therefore they aren’t exactly the same as the church’s, which apparently is supposed to be less offending. Many would argue that it doesn’t matter if it is consecrated or not, it’s a thin wafer that is almost identical in looks and consequently is upsetting.
My question here is why don’t people ever feel offended when there is red wine in something they eat? Red wine is also offered during communion. Is it the combination of a wafer and red wine that made people react to this burger? Or is it the fact that red wine is so common in our culture unlike wafers? Funny thing is wafers are just another form of bread, and bread is even more common in our culture than red wine. I wonder what would happen if this burger was served outside of the U.S., would people still be offended? Is it because Christianity is such a common religion in the United States that makes people feel uncomfortable about this burger?
This news story has a similar attitude towards religion as we are talking about in class. Questioning what makes something religious. Like I mentioned earlier there are many foods that contain red wine and there isn’t much if any controversy with those dishes. However once you combine a wafer with red wine it automatically becomes offending to religious people. What makes this little piece of bread so religious? I think it would be safe to assume that it is due to a wafer’s uncommon use in foods that makes it offending. Christians create this imagery for us by using the wafer for communion. A loaf of bread in general isn’t seen as something religious why is this wafer?
This author is very creditable because he sourced multiple other very creditable sites and news sources. This article fits perfectly with what we are talking about in class and was actually very interesting to read about.
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Memmott, Mark. “Tasteless Or Not? Restaurant Puts Communion Wafer On Burger.” The Two Way. NPR, 4 Oct. 2013. Web. 08 Oct. 2013. <http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/04/229191976/tasteless-or-not-restaurant-puts-communion-wafer-on-burger>.