It’s the mother of all food fights – church ladies versus lunch ladies.
The controversy involves a church that received permission from the Seattle School District to serve free pizza to students at three area high schools.
A union representing public school cafeteria workers in Seattle, Washington erupted with rage last week – warning that the weekly pizza giveaway could result in cafeteria layoffs. They even accused Bethany Community Church of proselytizing with pepperoni.
“We are not telling them a Bible story before they get pizza,” Youth Pastor Nick Steinloski told television station KOMO.
He also said it is about showing the kids the church cares about them.
No sermon. Just two, hot slices of cheesy goodness – and according to the kids it’s a heckuva lot better than what they would get in the school cafeteria.
To say the lunch ladies got their hairnets in a twist would be an understatement.
The International Union of Operating Engineers launched a campaign to intimidate and bully the church into submission. It was ugly even by the union’s low standards.
“Until Bethany Community Church and ‘Pastor Nick’ honors his commitment to stop carelessly harming us in this way, we are asking participants to think about the effects of consciously and deliberately harming our families and community through their actions,” the union wrote on an inflammatory poster titled, “What God Hurts Innocent People?”
“We humbly seek to defend our livelihoods,” they added. And then they set off to slander the church’s good name.