August 8, 2022

RENO, Nev. (March 31, 2016) — Anti-Hindu signs at Kemah, Texas “Dairy Queen” (DQ) restaurant have reportedly come down.

This signs were the owners message to local residents that the Hindu faith was not a religion. Protests called the signs highly inappropriate and resulted in a response posted by Dean A. Peters, associate vice president of communications for the American Dairy Queen Corporation headquarters in Minneapolis.

Peters’ sent an email response to Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, saying “We are pleased to announce that as of Wednesday, March 30th, the DQ location in Kemah, Texas is now under new ownership and all interior and exterior signs posted by the former franchisee were immediately removed from that location.”

Zed responded from Nevada by thanking International Dairy Queen (IDQ) Inc. for understanding the feelings of the community and resolving the issue.

Zed added that DQ appeared to have been shirking from its responsibility by not formally apologizing for allowing these derogatory signs reportedly posted at its Kemah store for many months. DQ seemed to have even failed to follow its own “Mission Statement: To create positive memories for all who touch DQ” by permitting such disparaging signs.

Zed urged IDQ Inc. CEO John P. Gainor Junior to come up with an official apology and institute a mechanism in its franchise operations ensuring that such belittling of religions did not happen in the future. Posters reportedly displayed at its Kemah store were highly inappropriate and trivialized the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a highly philosophical thought.

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