Two preachers from the Washington D.C. area are suing Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association for lying about the health risks of their beverages.
According to the CDC in 2012, regular soda drinking was most prevalent in Latino and Black communities. The pastors are suing for the companies deliberately misleading people (and these communities in particular) about exactly how unhealthy soda is.
CBS reports: “The background of this lawsuit is that there’s an, cardiovascular disease and a range of other degenerative diseases in the black and Latino communities, and really throughout America. For me, as a pastor, I see the toll it takes on families and children when they lose their parents much too soon,” Delman Coates, the pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, in Clinton, Maryland, told CBS News.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of Coates and William Lamar, the senior pastor at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.
“It is a matter of life and death in our communities,” Lamar told CBS News.
The defense lawyers for Coke probably responded, “Really? Who were we fooling?”
If the pastors are that concerned about the health of their flock, why not switch their congregations to Diet Coke? That stuff has no health risks at all!