Reno, Nev. (March 22, 2016) — The Universal Society of Hinduism in Nevada is protesting a suburban Houston Dairy Queen, after the owner hung banners outside the business to say Hinduism is not a religion.
The anti-Hinduism display at the Texas DQ, prompted Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism to ask that International Dairy Queen Inc. CEO John P. Gainor Jr issue a formal apology and take action to remove the offensive displays.
In a statement from Nevada, Zed said that DQ should not be in the business of disparaging religions. DQ should have shown some responsibility and taken action already regarding these signs that have been posted at the Kemah restaurant reportedly for many months with the owner, a self-described Muslim, very open to discussing his thoughts about Hinduism to customers.
“Posters reportedly displayed at its store in Kemah, Texas were highly inappropriate and trivialized the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a highly philosophical thought,” Zed said.
Rajan Zed pointed out that DQ seemed to have even failed to follow its own “Mission Statement: To create positive memories for all who touch DQ” by allowing such derogatory signs at one of its restaurants.
International Dairy Queen Inc.; based in Minneapolis; is a subsidiary of Omaha headquartered Berkshire Hathaway Inc.; serving treats and food in over 6,600 locations in USA, Canada and 28 other countries since 1940. Warren E. Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.