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Eden Foods: Yummy, nutritious … and packed full of Catholic bigotry

THE Catholic boss of a US health food company is a little pissed off with America’s “left wing” media for exposing his company’s “stealthy” right wing agenda in relation to Obamacare.

CEO and founder of Eden Foods, Michael Potter, had carefully cultivated a following of left-leaning, environmentally-concerned American. The company’s mission statement includes its goal to “contribute to peaceful evolution on earth,” “to maintain a healthy, respectful, challenging, and rewarding environment for employees,” and to “cultivate sound relationships with other organizations and individuals who are like minded and involved in like pursuits”.

This doctored image of an Eden's soy milk added to consumer hostility

This doctored image of an Eden’s soy milk added to consumer hostility

But loyal consumers turned nasty and began boycotting the company’s products when they learned through reports like this that its had:

Quietly pursued a decidedly right-wing agenda, suing the Obama administration for exemption from the mandate to cover contraception for its employees under the Affordable Care Act. In court filings, Eden Foods, represented by the conservative Thomas More Law Center, alleges that its rights have been violated under the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.

Eden Foods, which dubs itself “the oldest natural and organic food company in North America”, says in its filing that the company believes of birth control that:

These procedures almost always involve immoral and unnatural practices.

The complaint also says that:

Plaintiffs believe that Plan B and ‘ella’ can cause the death of the embryo, which is a person.

Eden Foods’ 128 employees are covered under Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, but until recently, Potter was able to exclude what the insurance company deemed “lifestyle drugs” like Viagra. But once Potter became aware that the company’s plan had begun to cover contraception in accordance with the Obamacare regulations, he teamed up with Thomas More Law Center to sue. This outfit focuses on “violations of religious freedom”.

According to this report, Potter says he is now concerned about the long-term impact on the company as a result of the media coverage the case has generated and the criticism Eden Foods has received on Internet blogs and social networking sites. He glumly said:

There have been a lot of threats and declarations of boycotts on the Internet so that’s certainly alarming. We’ve had some people saying they’ll buy more and a lot of people saying they won’t buy anything.

Potter added in a statement:

This lawsuit does not block, or intend to block, anyone’s access to healthcare or reproductive management. This lawsuit is about protecting religious freedom and stopping the government from forcing citizens to violate their conscience.

22 Responses to “Eden Foods: Yummy, nutritious … and packed full of Catholic bigotry”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    In another related story, two catholic midwives in Scotland have apparently won a legal battle that would prevent them, because of their faith, from having any role whatsoever in abortions. This despite an earlier ruling that stated they had already been given dispensation to be assigned only admin roles that would ensure that nothing they did directly caused an abortion. But that seemingly wasn’t good enough for these two! Oh, no. They reallyBbelieve in god. They’re special.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-22279857

  2. L.Long says:

    I always find it amazing how religious halfwits think that it is a violation of their rights when they cant force their fairytale BS down someone throat. Unfortunately most of america’s legal and political fascists agree that they should be allowed to shove their fairytale BS up other peoples’ asses with a very large stick! In fact a few states have tried or actual have passed laws to shove their fairytale crap up women’s vaginas with metal rods.
    Hell america isn’t the fastest growing 3rd world theocratic country for nothing!!

  3. JohnMWhite says:

    Plaintiffs believe that Plan B and ‘ella’ can cause the death of the embryo, which is a person.

    Somebody, somewhere, has got to sort this out once and for all by setting the legal precedent that just because you believe bullshit doesn’t mean you get to ignore reality. That’s not what Plan B does, and an embryo is not a person. The obnoxious sense of privilege is infuriating.

    This lawsuit does not block, or intend to block, anyone’s access to healthcare or reproductive management.

    Yes it does. It specifically does that. It blocks employees of this company from accessing certain forms of healthcare and reproductive management using their health insurance. I am sick to death of these pious liars claiming that black is white.
    As for the Scottish midwives, what utter children.

  4. pauloh says:

    The Catholic Church is a business….a very big business. It exists to make money. Power and control =$$$$ I find their particular breed of bigotry will change in time. The PR machine in the Vatican already seems to be switching strategy when it comes to gay marriage http://www.newstiller.com/society/648-the-pope-s-position-on-equality-a-brand-new-brand when it comes to making money the catcholic church knows what the bottom line is. They will do whatever it takes to maintain their bank accounts.

  5. Nacho says:

    It’s incredible how these people stretch the truth. In other web, I found a Christian article about Obamacare (in Spanish) which said “Obamacare will force people to use contraception”.
    They think that freedom of religion means freedom to deny other people contraception, instead of freedom to choose if use it or not

  6. Angela_K says:

    According to these catholic loons there is only one type of freedom and that is if it is religious. What also pisses me off about these bigots is their insistence they have some right or privilege to us their ridiculous beliefs to control everybody else. They overlook the fact that about half the World has grown up, has no need of threats from an imaginary skybot and understands what personal responsibility means. Shame on the legal system for caving in to the catholics.

  7. Buffy says:

    I’m glad I’ve never bought anything from them (they’re too expensive), and now I never will.

  8. Graham says:

    “This lawsuit is about protecting religious freedom and stopping the government from forcing citizens to violate their conscience.”

    Which would be all well and good if the government were forcing people to undergo procedures they don’t want, the only forcing being done here is by Potter and Eden Foods.

  9. Marky Mark says:

    Not sure if I bought their products…but I’ll be aware now!

  10. LakeTonkaMark says:

    AgentCormac-
    Thanks for the link, it’s really hard to believe isn’t it?
    What I don’t get is, nobody is forcing them to work there, so why would the courts agree to lawsuit?
    Why doesn’t the court tell them to stop bothering them, and get a different job!! (jeesh!)

  11. Robster says:

    How come, being catholic isn’t seen as being as silly as really believing in Santa? Don’t start talking about the eating jesus flesh and slurping down a jesus bloodshake bit, that’s the icing on the cake. They couldn’t be sillier of they tried to be. At least there’s much to laugh at, so perhaps we should be thankful for small mercies.

  12. barriejohn says:

    Robster: You’re right. At least many protestants can hide behind the argument that the Bible is symbolic, and that God is whatever you want him to be really, but to be a Catholic you HAVE to subscribe to the belief that Mary (“The Mother of God”) was born “without sin”, conceived a child without sexual intercourse, “ascended into “heaven” (it’s always “up”, wherever you are on the earth’s surface) at the end of her life (they don’t know whether she died beforehand or not, as “God” hasn’t revealed that to them yet), and that it is now possible to talk to her and get her to bend the ear of her precious son (who, of course, died and then came back to life again, also shooting up “yonder” to live eternally with all the saints and angels), who will make all your wishes come true if you are very good and show enough remorse over your many failings. Intelligent people subscribe to all this nonsense!

  13. barriejohn says:

    Eden Foods have nothing to worry about. “God” prospers those who obey him and punishes those who transgress:

    http://www.christianvoice.org.uk/index.php/20130420tesc/

    Ever since Tesco announced in November 2011 that it was giving £30,000 to the 2012 London Gay Pride Parade, things have gone from bad to worse for the supermarket giant…

    A colossal failure of common sense might be what drove Tesco bosses to give in to the demands of their in-store homosexual lobby group headed by Nick Lansley, Head of Research and Development at Tesco.com, a militant homosexual atheist activist who once videoed himself reading James Kirkup’s blasphemous poem ‘The Love That Dares to Speak its Name’.

    But all the ill-fated decisions Tesco bosses have made over the last few years are now coming home to roost.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Comments:

    #It’s a case of them reaping what they have sown–pretty much like the politically-correct thought police have caused this country to reap what it has sown.

    #So pleased about this. I prayed that Tesco would be visibly punished for promoting sexual deviancy. Deo gratias. Long live their decline.

    #it is good to see prayers answered and know GOD is in control

    Hallelujah, and amen to that!

  15. Ex Patriot says:

    The RCC makes the Mafia look like a kindergarden in comparison.

  16. […] evolución pacífica de la tierra”. Pues esa clientela ha prometido no volver e iniciaron un boicot de no consumo, al enterarse de que Potter demandó a la administración Obama para evitar pagar la salud […]

  17. T says:

    Do they make magic crackers that turn into the flesh of that mythical jesus character? Or raspberry juice that turns into bloooooooood?

  18. T says:

    When the horse meat scandal broke in Europe meat products were DNA tested by laboratories. Would the pope care to submit some communion crackers to check for human DNA?

  19. Robster says:

    Hey barriejohn, it really is gobsmacking that otherwise intelligent people can subscribe to such abysmal nonsence, treat it seriousy, as if it actually has some sort of significance and spend their lives playing ‘let’s pretend’. ‘Spose if there’s nothing else going on and let’s face it, it would be easy to bore two people with two functioning brain cells, then pretending the baby jesus means something, their dead bloke on a stick is something worth worshipping (jees what a waste if time) and the rest of the fairy tale we could keep them safely tucked away in fellowship meetings and away from the rest of society. If they’d only shut up. Now, I feel better..

  20. barriejohn says:

    Robster: This Maryology business really gets me. The “Assumption” was only officially declared in 1950, by a pope using “papal infallibilty” (invented in 1869) of course, so they’re asking us to believe that for nearly two thousand years “God” kept these facts secret – not even prompting anyone to include them in any of the gospels – until he finally decided that they should be made known to the world. Yet when any new belief system or christian sect comes along, the Catholics scream that THEY belong to the “true faith” which goes right back to Jesus and Peter, and ask how god could be suddenly revealing new “truths” when he has revealed the whole truth to the church!

  21. Mark Richards says:

    “..Potter says he is now concerned about the long-term impact on the company as a result of the media coverage the case has generated and the criticism Eden Foods has received on Internet blogs and social networking sites”

    He should note that we just dumped ours down the crapper. Wish I could vomit the rest.

    But no worries. They should have plenty of business remaining with the more “godly”.