McDonald’s To Open First Vegetarian Outlet

The standard-bearer of the hamburger, McDonald’s, is bowing to local demand and is opening a meat-free restaurant in India. The global chain, whose best-known product is the Big Mac burger in a bun, says it will be its first vegetarian outlet.

McDonald’s, the world’s second biggest food outlet after Subway, increasingly adapts its range to local demand. Both India’s Hindu majority and Muslims can eat the same meat-free dishes. Religiously observant Hindus see cows as sacred and avoid beef, while Muslims view pigs as unclean and avoid pork.

According to the AFP news agency, McDonald’s will open the outlet in the middle of next year, near the Golden Temple in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in northern India.


Religious authorities forbid consumption of meat at the shrine. The chain plans to open another vegetarian outlet in north-western India, near the Vaishno Devi cave shrine in Kashmir, which is a Hindu pilgrimage site that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

In India, its menu is typically 50% vegetarian. Its signature dish in the country is the McAloo Tikki burger, which uses a spiced potato-based filling. It accounts for 25% of total sales.

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Source: BBC News

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Pastor Stirs Controversy With ‘Whites-Only’ Conference

A controversial pastor’s conference welcoming only “white Christians” is underway in Lamar County, Ala., upsetting residents of the nearby town of Winfield in the western part of the state.

Christian Identity Ministries is holding a three-day conference for so-called “white Christians” who contend they have been treated unfairly, the Rev. Mel Lewis told local TV station WSFA. Lewis, the organizer and keynote speaker, says they have the right, like any other Americans, to worship how they wish.

Ku Klux Klan flags and white supremacy slogans surround the conference, which will conclude with a cross being set on fire Friday night. Organizers say it’s not a cross-burning, but rather sacred Christian cross lighting.


“We are not breaking any laws. We’re not violating any ordinances. We’re bringing the Word of God to people who want it, obviously, or they wouldn’t be here,” Lewis told the TV station.

The mayor of nearby Winfield said residents are upset, and the event does not represent their town in any way. Organizers say their ministry is not a hate group and that although there is a strong KKK presence, the Klan did not sponsor the event.

What can you say about Pastor Lewis’ “Whites-Only” conference? Does it radiate racism for you? Or are they merely exercising their freedom to “worship how they wish”? Air out your opinions in the comment box below!

Source: Yahoo News

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