Starbucks vs Christians

Starbucks has announced the company’s support for the work of GLAAD.

Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. Starbucks strives to create a company culture that puts our partners first, and our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion.

This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company. We are proud of our Pride Alliance Partner Network group, which is one of the largest Employer Resource Groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees in the U.S., helping to raise awareness about issues in the communities where we live and work.

As expected, this stance has raised the ire of some right wing Christians, since the Bible states that God Hates Starbucks. That’s right. Somewhere in the Bible, there is a quote that “thou shall not imbibe of a Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte”.

“Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against God, but we are glad to know that Starbucks doesn’t pretend to be for Christians,” said Pastor Steven Andrew, who is president of USA Christian Ministries. He calls every Christian and church to boycott Starbucks. Leviticus 18:22 says, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”

“This boycott is important because God blesses those who obey Him and judges those who don’t obey Him (2 Chronicles 19:2),” he adds.

Don’t expect to hear sermons with “grab your Starbucks” or to see Starbucks served at churches. “Starbucks is no longer fashionable. If your church still uses Starbucks, then your pastor is a friend of the world,” he adds. God calls those who oppose Him “haters of God” (Romans 1:30).

Andrews also believes that the USA needs God on its side, and wiping out homosexuality will help achieve that.

“Starbucks can follow Satan if they want to. However, pastors are to help Christians. Are you on the Lord’s side? Will you help the USA be blessed by God?” he asks.

Although not mentioned in the article, other companies that this group should boycott include Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, and Comcast. Of course, they would also need to boycott the Armed Forces, and avoid all the states that have legalized gay marriage. Starbucks is an easy target: anyone can choose not to patronize their shops. The others would prove onerous for Andrews and congregation and aren’t even mentioned.

Is it OK to own a Windows PC? To use one in a library? How about any business that uses a Microsoft or IBM computer system or any communications using the AT&T or Comcast networks. What software does USA Christian Ministries use? There is no way to look at this without considering Andrews and his supporters to be opportunistic and hypocritical.

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2 Responses to Starbucks vs Christians

  1. Great post. This is yet another example of the difference between running a business to make a profit and running a business for simply self-perpetuation.

  2. redskyonmars says:

    “If your church still uses Starbucks, then your pastor is a friend of the world.”

    What odd phrasing. If I was trying to paint someone in a negative light, I don’t think I would call them a “friend of the world”. Those people on the Christian Right are a weird bunch of puppy huggers and baby smilers.

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