Fox News reports that a Catholic charity near St. Louis, Mo. is rejecting a donation by Hooters, a restaurant chain known for its scantily clad waitresses.
The restaurant was set to participate in a "dine and donate" event scheduled for June 16, where 10 percent of all proceeds would be given to the St. Patrick's Center, an organization that provides assistance to area homeless.
Kelly Peach, a spokeswoman for St. Patrick Center, told MSNBC.com they received some complaints and the organization has decided to no longer be affiliated with the restaurant, even though they had worked with Hooters for years. She says:
"I would say the complaints were...would you call them religious-based complaints? Essentially the people who complained did not think St. Patrick Center should be associated with Hooters restaurant."
One Catholic blogger told MSNBC that the outfits worn by Hooters employees were exploitative and could "lead patrons into sin." She added:
"St. Patrick Center's website cites its adherence to Catholic social teaching in its work. I am unfamiliar with just where in the long history of Catholic social teaching it proclaims that encouraging the lusts of men is morally good as long as you can get a few bucks for a charity."
Others disagree. According to MSNBC, the announcement of disassociation has prompted at least one supporter to make a donation in Hooters' honor.
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