A self-professed "heavy metal burger joint" is drawing online hellfire for its newest menu item: a burger drizzled with a red wine reduction (to represent "the blood of Christ") and garnished with an (unconsecrated) communion wafer. Chicago restaurant Kuma's Corner, which names all its burgers after rock bands, tells the Chicago Tribune that the "Ghost" burger is "not a commentary on the state of religion or anything like that" — instead, it's named for the Swedish band Ghost B.C., whose lead singer often appears onstage wearing the get-up of a Roman Catholic Cardinal.
Unsurprisingly, some diners, Facebookers, and Catholics have complained about the burger, arguing that it "mocks" religion. Kuma's maintains that when not blessed by a priest, the wafers on top are simply cardboard-like "crackers," though it does seem to acknowledge the scandalous nature of the topping on its Facebook page: "We think is a fitting tribute to the supreme blasphemous activities carried out by the band itself. "
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