The United States is still a very conservative country. The vast majority of people in the country adhere to some kind of religion. If you offend the religion, it could really hurt business. There is nothing wrong with companies wanting to cater to the beliefs and preferences of the people who patronize them.
I believe religion plays an extremely large roll in business decisions. Most businesses want to have a strong appeal to many different cultures. The more diverse a business is, the more likely they are to have a successful business. Although, you will run into the conflict of people not wanting to support other people's religion, but that is just a risk you have to take.
Our country was founded on religious freedom and religion plays a large part in our society today. The typical work week with Saturday and Sunday off stems from the celebration of the Sabbath. Many holidays center around religious traditions and even our currency bears the words "In God We Trust".
Religion, especially major religions play a huge role in business decisions. McDonalds decided to create the filet o' Fish so that Catholics could eat there on Fridays. This was a move by the restaurant to cater to millions of Catholics around the world - thus expanding their customer base on Fridays.
It's not prohibited in our religion(Catholic) to not to eat meat on fridays. According to Paenitemini and the 1983 Code of Canon Law, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, both abstinence and fasting are required of Catholics who are not exempted for various reasons. ... Others continue to abstain from eating meat on Lenten Fridays, but not on Fridays outside of Lent. I believe fillet o' fish was invented on different religion, culture, or lifestyles.
But I believe religion plays a big roles in business especially in marketing team, because they are the one whose in charge in selling the product