Is the 'Communion burger' in poor taste?
The "Ghost" burger at Kuma's Corner in Chicago features a "Communion wafer garnish."
October 3rd, 2013
12:50 PM ET

Is the 'Communion burger' in poor taste?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor

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(CNN) Mmm - sacralicious?

A Chicago restaurant is pushing the boundaries of bad taste with its October Burger of the Month.

Kuma's Corner, a heavy-metal themed joint with an "Eat beef; bang your head" ethos, says its new burger is an homage to Ghost, a Swedish band that performs satanic songs in Catholic clerical garb.

"The Ghost" burger features a "Communion wafer garnish," a white, unleavened disc bearing the imprint of a cross and a crown.

Ghost's new album comes complete with grape juice and a mock Communion wafer. Not coincidentally, the Communion burger at Kuma's comes with a red wine reduction.

For those unfamiliar with the Christian sacrament, Holy Communion commemorates Jesus' Last Supper. The bread represents his body, Jesus says in the Bible, and the wine his blood. In many Christian traditions, a priest or minister will consecrate the wafers and wine before sharing them with the congregation.

Luke Tobias, director of operations for Kuma's, said the restaurant's Communion wafers are not consecrated, and thus, not really holy. "It's more or less a cracker with a cross on it," he said. The restaurant bought the wafers online from an e-Bay-type website.

They're not trying to make a big religious statement, Tobias said, just trying to have fun honoring a band they like.

"If there is a God, I'm sure he has a sense of humor."

Some of God's peoples seem to get the joke, according to Kuma's.  A Presbyterian minister who ate the burger yesterday posted a message on Facebook saying that "sacrilege never tasted so good," Tobias said.

But other Christians have a beef with Kuma's burger.

Tobias said Kuma's phones have been ringing off the hook, with some saying that putting a Communion host on a burger is like waving the American flag over a fire.

Jeffrey Young, who runs a podcast and blog called "Catholic Foodie," called the Ghost burger "crass and offensive."

"For us, as Catholics, the Eucharist is the body and blood and soul of divinity itself," said Young. "Although the Communion wafer is not a consecrated host, it's still symbolic, and symbols are important."

There's one thing that Tobias and Young agree on, however: Communion wafers are not particularly tasty.

"From a culinary standpoint," Young said, "it's kind of worthless."

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith • Food

soundoff (683 Responses)
  1. steven


    October 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  2. children of Israel

    Who are you calling anti semitc? The word semite – a member of a speech family comprising Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians; descendants of Shem. (Isaiah 19:25) *Deuteronomy 26:5-8*

    October 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  3. children of Israel

    The word semite – member of a speeh family comprising Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians; descendants of Shem. (Who are you calling anti semitic? *Deuteronomy 26:5-8*)

    October 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  4. children of Israel

    You cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven without a tribe. (Revelation 21:12)

    October 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Just the Facts Ma'am...

      I believe that was just mistranslated, it's "Bribe" not "tribe"... and i'm pretty sure it takes twelve of them...yes, the twelve bribes of Israel...

      October 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • lol??

      Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

      Wall?? Try this out for "entering".

      Jhn 3:5-6 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

      Jhn 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

      October 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
  5. Jack Shaq

    Things I don't care about: People being offended and Religions.

    October 4, 2013 at 11:47 am |
  6. lol??

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Mock all ya want, ya washed up little girly socie band. In americult our socie airplanes EAT bands. Fwaidy cats afwaid of bein' True Scottish ghosts?? Yeah, over yer dead bodies, caspers. Be vewwwy careful of yer plane flight number. It might be up.


    October 4, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  7. 5 Questions about communion
    October 4, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • Question # 1

      Why do we observe the Lord's Supper?

      To remember what Jesus has done for us.

      October 4, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Question # 2

      How often does Scripture tell Christians to observe the Lord's Supper?

      There is no specific time given. We are instructed to remember His sacrifice each time we do, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

      October 4, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • Question # 3

      What were Jesus and His disciples observing during His last supper with them?

      The Passover meal, Matthew 26:19

      October 4, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • Question # 4

      How do Passover and the Lord's Supper relate to each other?

      Passover celebrated God's deliverance of the Jews out of Egypt. The Lord's Supper celebrates the deliverance from sin.

      October 4, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Question # 5

      What do the bread and the cup represent?

      The body and blood of Christ, Matthew 26:26-28

      October 4, 2013 at 11:39 am |
    • HotAirAce

      But first, you need to prove your god and it's alleged son exists, else you are just engaged in a fantasy role playing game with extreme emphasis on fantasy and game.

      October 4, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • lol??

      Neither Jesus or Paul was establishing a ritual. Christians establish dominion in their lives by blessing, not cursing. That's why they pray at mealtime and "proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." Acceptable (worship) service occurs during the week with how you choose to live out your freedom. Sundays are party time and a family reunion with a feast! Watch out fer crashers!

      October 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Question # 6

      With DNA disproving the Adam myth, why do we need deliverance from sin?

      ... ... ...

      October 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • lol??

        Yer hooked on sin.

        October 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  8. lol??

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Viking burger, eh?? Why isn't their any outcry about all the loot the Vikings stole?? And then all those unemployed hungry soldiers causing a ruckus that defeated em?? They had to be shipped out of Europe and the best they got was the Crusades.

    October 4, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  9. lol??

    Whatsa matter little socie girly ghosty band?? Can't perform without wearin' a dress?? Yer wimen can't even handle a Buddhist golfer, Tiger Woods. BBBWWAAAAahaha Our Vimen will chew you up and spit you OUT!! You feed yer poor?? Our White House spends more on dinner parties than yer entire food pwogwams!!!! BBBbbbbwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhaahahaha

    October 4, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  10. lol??

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Anyone at anytime can have a religious experience. It's in the history books.

    Buddha, "I am not a man."
    Nixon, "Seriously?? I am not a cwook!!"

    October 4, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • Jericho

      Lol??: "Seriously? I am not a Christian!"

      October 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  11. Mei

    Only against Christians do people get away with this, probably because most Christians are amiable and don't like to make a fuss but you know this would never be able to happen with any other religion in the world (using something sacred or a symbol of sacred in such a profane manner). I think this is a hate crime and should be reported as such by the local churches.

    October 4, 2013 at 9:21 am |
    • myweightinwords

      It happens to Pagan religions all the time. It happens to Muslims all the time. Open your eyes and look around you.

      This isn't a sign of Christian persecution.

      October 4, 2013 at 9:34 am |
      • Brother Maynard

        "This isn't a sign of Christian persecution."
        Just for arguements sake ... let's assume that it IS xtian persecution.
        I find it ironic that xtians howl and wail when the government even suggests intervening on them ( like taxing them ), but as soon as xtians see what they believe is injustice ... they run to the government claiming "hate crimes" like a two year old to its mother.
        I saw a bumper sticker the other day stateing " Prayer the only defense to Evil"
        Maybe xtians should pray to stop this burger from being served.

        October 4, 2013 at 9:45 am |
        • myweightinwords

          I just find the endless cries of "persecution" tiring, particularly in a culture where those doing the crying are often the ones who are acting in ways that are at best discriminatory and at worst persecution against those whom they outnumber, because they do not believe as they do.

          October 4, 2013 at 9:53 am |
        • Bill Deacon

          you find it ironic that Christians support the wall of separation between church and state but try to avail themselves of their rights as citizens? I find that odd.

          October 4, 2013 at 9:54 am |
        • sam stone

          i find it odd christians using their holy book as justification for deny others their civil rights

          i find it odd that christians will claim god is just, but then try to avoid the justice by hiding behind a savior

          October 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      A hate crime...really? A bit melodramatic don't ya think?

      October 4, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • sam stone

      Yeah, Mei, I bet those Jainists would really get up in arms

      October 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • sam stone

      you do that.

      report this as a hate crime

      see how quickly you get told that this is free speech

      October 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  12. AtheistSteve

    "From a culinary standpoint," Young said, "it's kind of worthless."

    Actually from any standpoint it's completely worthless.

    October 4, 2013 at 6:32 am |
    • Mei

      Only against Christians can you get away with this. I think it is a hate crime and should be reported as such, because it intentionally insults someone's religion in a very serious way. Shameful of this business to think this is humorous.

      October 4, 2013 at 9:20 am |
      • Brother Maynard

        ... or maybe you and your fellow xtians should fire bomb this place.
        Put your faith where you mouth is. Maybe THEN you'll get the respect that 'other' religions get.

        October 4, 2013 at 9:40 am |
      • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

        Mei, people do not have a right to 'not be offended'. Shameful that you don't support free speech and want to jail people because peoples feeling get hurt. Boo hoo...get bent.

        October 4, 2013 at 10:31 am |
  13. Bootyfunk

    christianity itself is in poor taste

    October 4, 2013 at 3:25 am |
    • saggyroy

      Just the fact that they bought the wafers on eBay says alot.

      October 4, 2013 at 6:01 am |
    • tofubamboo

      poor soul....guess you are an atheist. Too bad, you have a lot to learn....

      October 4, 2013 at 8:25 am |
      • Honey Badger Don't Care

        Yes, he should be going through life blindly following some moldy old book.

        October 4, 2013 at 8:31 am |
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