One of my addictions is coffee, and Starbucks is what I usually drink. My wife hates it, can’t stand the taste, prefers something …lighter…but taste is subjective, so I can’t fault her on that. But I like it. I even have the app on my iPhone, tagged to my bank account, so I don’t even need to have any cash on me to buy a cup of coffee. Yeah, I’m a sorry fellow. The only downside for me is that it’s a major corporation, and sometimes I feel I should be giving my business to local coffee shops. Actually, occasionally I do, but I still frequent Starbucks the most. Shoot me.
Fortunately, Starbucks is one of those companies with a social conscience. Or at least their PR department does a good job of convincing me (I’m not so naive as to believe that everything they stand for or do is in the public interest – they do have shareholders after all). They had recently, in response to the faltering economy and the high unemployment rate, started a campaign to increase jobs in the country, by arranging to work with localities to help finance community level small businesses. It is also very environmentally friendly.
In the political arena it’s a David against Goliath (the rest of monolithic corporate America), when it takes on positions that would seem to be counter to its economic interests (any polarizing position is counter to one’s economic interests). Recently it supported the Washington state initiative to legalize gay marriage. And, as you might expect, this drew the ire of the bigots.
“Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against God…Starbucks can follow Satan if they want to,” Steven Andrew, and evangelical pastor and president of the USA Christian Ministries in California, said in a statement. “However, pastors are to help Christians. Are you on the Lord’s side? Will you help the USA be blessed by God?”
Sigh. I get such a headache when I read these types of blatherings. Follow Satan? C’mon. Are there really still people in 21st century that believe Satan is something more than a metaphor? Of course, they certainly have a right in this country to think and say what they want about it, just as Starbucks (now declared to be a person by no less an authority than the Supreme Court) has the same right.
But at least Starbucks is doing it for the right reasons:
…embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and … providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners ["partners" is its quaint corporate euphemism for "employees"]…
whereas this so-called USA Christian Ministry is doing it for the wrong reasons:
Starbucks overlooked the health concerns for homosexuals. CDC reports that one in five homosexuals have HIV, with many unaware they are sick. The average homosexual dies at 42 years and has a higher depression rate,
as if not allowing gays to marry will end homosexuality, and therefor HIV, early death and depression. Clearly, such a position is based on a bigoted attitude towards homosexuality, using idiotic, irrelevant statistics and their holy book to rationalize their non-Jesus like intolerance and hypocrisy.
They think that if all Christians boycotted Starbucks, the company would lose 80% of it’s business, probably on the assumption that the country is roughly 80% Christian. Frankly, a better boycott would be if all Christians boycotted their churches, stopped contributing those tax free funds that keep them in business, and stop attending Sunday (and Monday though Saturday) services. That would show these bigots exactly what hatred, intolerance and bigotry means.
For me, this boycott simply gives me a better reason to feed my jones with a clear conscience.
Here’s the kicker.
Other companies taking a similar position [on gay marriage] include Nike, Google and Microsoft, Half Moon Bay Patch notes.
It’s easy to say “buy your coffee from someone else, like say, the local Halleluiah Blessed-Be-Jesus Coffee Shop” . It’s another to delete Windows and start using Linux on your computer, search the internet using Yahoo, and jog in your P.F. Flyers. You know these hypocrites won’t do that. I’ll bet they wrote their Press Release in Microsoft Word.
So lift a cup of Starbucks™ coffee to Satan, and have a nice day. :)