H.E.B., Curves Among Companies Hardly Shy of Religion

Talking about religion or taking a religion-based stand on issues can be dangerous for businesses.  Some suffered massive media backlash for speaking their minds. But there are a number of very successful companies that continue to be religious without inviting criticism. Business Insider surveyed some that seem to wear their religions on their sleeves, at least at times, but do just fine. Here are some:

Chick-fil-A
Founded by devout Southern Baptist Truett Cathy in 1946 in Hapeville, Georgia, the chain landed in trouble last year after Truet's son and Chick-Fil-A COO Dan Cathy made controversial comments about gay marriage, saying: "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit"

Marriott
Marriott Hotel founder John Willard Marriott was a devout Mormon. The family-run hotel chain sometimes puts the Book of Mormons along with Bibles in its hotel rooms.

JetBlue
JetBlue founder and CEO David Neelman, a devout Mormon father-of-nine, once traveled to Brazil as a Mormon missionary, according to a 2002 USA Today profile.

Interstate Batteries
According to the company's website, the mission is "to glorify God as we supply our customers worldwide with top quality, value-priced batteries, related electrical power-source products, and distribution services."

Mary Kay
In a 1997 interview, Mary Kay Ash, founder of the company, attributed her business success to the choice to "take God as our partner.”

H.E.B
Company Vice Chairman Howard E. Butt Jr. is also a self-described "spiritual reformer”. He left his full-time role at the company and now oversees the administration of "Laity Lodge," a Christian retreat center in Texas.

Curves
Curves’ founder Gary Heavin, is a born-again Christian who has garnered criticism for conservative political views and donating to anti-abortion causes, according to a 2004 Houston Chronicle profile.

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