By Thomas Cowley
The Swedish heavy metal band "Ghost" has indirectly riled up some controversy a few days back when a Chicago restaurant, Kuma's Corner, created a specialty burger that has offended a group of Catholics in the area.
The “Ghost Burger” is a 10 ounce patty comprised of both beef and goat, made with a red wine reduction, cheese, and an unconsecrated communion wafer.
Director of operations for the restaurant, Luke Tobias spoke to the Chicago Tribune on the issue saying, “People have been kind of upset...the thing with this is, the communion wafer is unconsecrated, so until that happens, it's really just a cracker.” Tobias also went on to say that the burger was never made as a slide to any group, but was made solely because they are fans; “It's not a commentary on the state of religion or anything like that...it's literally, 'We like this band; we think what they do is cool.'”
However, this tiny addition of a communion wafer is more than just a cracker to the opposition Jeff Young, producer of Catholic Foodie blog, who told the Chicago Tribune, “ It's not the Eucharist, but it's still symbolic. For us as Catholics, the Eucharist is more than a symbol, it's a sacrament. At the same time, it doesn't mean that symbols aren't important...It is a mockery of something that is holy. The same thing could be said of the band itself.”
Now this is just my opinion (so take it for the 3 & ½ cents that it's worth) but I find this absolutely ridiculous. Any Catholic who has been to mass, or the hour long knee killer as it is also known, is taught that the communion wafer is utterly meaningless without it being consecrated first. But even taking that into account, there are numerous foods that offend various religions like, I don't know, a hamburger for example, yet there is no outcry over that symbol that is ever greatly considered. What is more disturbing is that the Chicago Tribune found this newsworthy when the government is in shutdown, which resulted in the Amber Alert Website being turned off until public out rage changed that, and a 50 year old man killed a bear in single combat with a knife.
The important thing to remember is that it is food. Eat it or don't, that is your decision. I am more offended by the fact that it costs $17.
At this time there has been no word as to whether or not Kuma's Corner will remove the $17 burger from their menu.
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