Waha Bar and Grill owners don't carry popular brands due to Christian beliefs

Waha Bar and Grill owners don't carry popular brands due to Christian beliefs
WAHA, ID - The owners of a popular Waha restaurant no longer sell MillerCoors or Pepsico products because the values of the companies do not meet with their own.

Tuesday afternoon at Waha Bar and Grill, owners Mike and Mari Fuller deal with their weekly shipment of alcohol. The hidden rest stop, just south of Lewiston along Waha Road, invites travelers and regulars alike to enjoy their homemade hamburgers and limited selection of drinks.

However, this week's load of drinks, just like every week for the past three years, won't include any Pepsico or MillerCoors products because those corporations support the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

"The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is an entity that collects money from major corporations to further promote policies for the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders," said Mike Fuller. "And as Christians, we don't support that."

The Fullers have owned the restaurant since 2008 and made their decision to be conscientious consumers one year after they opened.

"Whether it's for political correctness or pressure from gay activists groups or perceived profit over moral principle, major corporations are increasing their support for issues like gay marriage," said Mike Fuller.

Issues like gay marriage are something they openly disagree with in their store, even if that means they lose some customers.

"They choose to leave and go somewhere else," said Mari Fuller. "Which for us that's fine. That's how we are. We make our decisions on what we like, what we want to purchase and buy and everybody else has that same right."

"Well there have been some grumbles here and there but for the most part those who know us realize we're merely taking a stand for what we believe to be the right and the Christian thing to do," said Mike Fuller.

Some customers don't take issue with Mike and Mari's menu decisions.

"They can sell anything they want," said customer Mike Daniels. "I mean it really doesn't affect me. I'm going to stop here anyhow."

Mike and Mari of the Waha Bar and Grill said this isn't a permanent removal. They say that they'll start selling Pepsico, Miller and Coors products again if the corporations stop affiliating with the NGLCC.

"I would try to persuade them that there are better ways to spend money," said Mari Fuller. "Much better ways that aren't so divisive where you can have all of your customers."

"If the companies aren't contradicting or supporting something that contradicts our religious beliefs, then we have no problem supporting those companies," said Mike Fuller.

MillerCoors Spokesperson Karina Diehl gave KLEW this statement when we contacted them. "MillerCoors has a strong track record of supporting the diversity of our employees as well as the communities in which we work and live. Due to the diversity and breadth of our consumers and because we believe in supporting the many communities we serve, we support myriad organizations across the country. The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is one of many organizations we are proud to support. "

NGLCC did not wish to comment. The Gays and Lesbians Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, Spokesperson Rich Ferraro took issue with the Fuller's stance.

"Treat others the way you want to be treated," said Ferraro. "The NGLCC works to secure a culture where gay people, including young adults, do not feel bullied. And it's unfair policies like this that contribute to bullying and can even lead to violence."

Mike Fuller responded to GLAAD's statement by saying bullying is wrong in any case and that he and his wife are not promoting bullying at all. He said they're just reacting to policies and politics that are contrary to their Christian Beliefs.

Mike and Mari Fuller have listed other companies that support the NGLCC on their online menu as well as their personal statement explaining their position. To read their official statement, go http://wahagrill.com/Menu.html and scroll to the bottom of the menu page.