Starbucks Blows Off its Pro-Family Customers


Starbucks held its annual shareholders meeting last week, during which the Seattle-based coffee company affirmed that support for same-sex marriage is one of its core values.

Following the meeting, the National Organization of Marriage announced a “Dump Starbucks” protest campaign.

“The majority of Americans,” said NOM President Brian Brown, “believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. They will not be pleased to learn that their money is being used to advance gay marriage in society.”

Brown’s remarks, and NOM’s protest campaign, fomented predictable yelps of outrage from the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Aesexual) community, which considers opposition to same-sex marriage prima facie evidence of bigotry.

But it also elicited unexpected criticism from certain leaders within the evangelical community, who think that Christians ought not join NOM’s protest campaign.

“It’s not that I’m saying a boycott in and of itself is always evil or wrong,” blogged Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

“It’s just that, in this case (and many like it),” he continued, a boycott exposes us to our worst tendencies. Christians are tempted, again and again, to fight live the devil to please the Lord.”

Well, I respectfully disagree with Dr. Moore. I believe that NOM, whose stated mission is “to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it,” is standing in the gap for those of who are not homophobic, but who believe that God intended marriage to be exclusively between man and woman.

I had no idea Starbucks had waded into the same-sex marriage debate. As a customer, I do not expect the coffee company to embrace my point of view on the issue. I do, however, expect the company to be neutral.

As Brown suggested, I am deeply offended that Starbucks is using the money I have spent on its lattes to support public policy that offends my religious sensibilities. Just as I am deeply offended that the Girl Scouts are in bed with Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion providers, while they are asking me to buy their cookies.

Well, I am no longer buying Girl Scout cookies, though the girls actually selling the cookies know nothing about the organization’s tacit support for abortion. And I will no longer buy my lattes at Starbucks, though the baristas working there have nothing to with  the company’s misguided core values.

Companies like Starbucks, organizations like the Girl Scouts, don’t care if they offend the faith community. That’s why neither will get another dollar from me.

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14 thoughts on “Starbucks Blows Off its Pro-Family Customers

  1. palerider1861 on said:

    Starbuck has seen the last cent from me they’re ever going to see.

    It’s an outrage that they would embrace such a controversial cause that has the destruction of the nuclear family, and ultimately the human race, as it’s natural consequence.

    Frankly, Starbuck coffee was never that good, anyway. It will not be missed!

  2. Probably more coffee drinking Christians, sure – but probably fewer ardent anti-gay Christian bigots who also buy coffee at Starbucks.

    See, most people, Christian or otherwise, really don’t care about what consenting adults do in private – and people increasingly realize that the “marriage” argument is specious, because what we are really talking about has nothing to do with religion – it’s a legal status, a contract between individuals that is recognized by the government as including certain rights and responsibilities.

    Separate the religious from the legal.

    • If it’s all about legal status, then gay couples should be sastifid with civil unions, rather than insisting on same-sex marriage.

      • It’s not the same status; to start with, the government does not extend Social Security benefits to civil unions. it also does not include inheritance, parental rights, and a bazillion other things we married folks get for nothing more than a signed and witnessed scrap of paper.

        Here’s an idea: Change ALL legal marriages to civil unions – and give civil unions the legal standing “marriage” has today. You go into the clerk, file the papers and have them witnessed.

        If you want a religious ceremony, fine – but it has no legal standing; only the paperwork has.

  3. Starbutts

  4. Richard on said:

    Wow, Starbucks stood up for gay rights?
    Hold up, I’m going to go buy a latte from them.

    • Why do you object to corporations staying neutral on issues that have nothing to do with their business – in Starbucks’ case, selling overpriced coffee?

      • I strongly suspect that if you examined Starbucks’ customer demographics, supporting gay rights is a smarter business decision than buckling under to Christian bigotry.

        Frankly, I don’t care if two gays want to marry – doesn’t affect me or my relationship in any way.

      • I strongly suspect there are far more coffee-drinking Christians than gay rights activists in this country

  5. Mattens on said:

    What? They won’t sell you a cup of coffee anymore?

    What you want is for the company, this private company, to bow to your precious ideology . I’ve got news punkin, this is still America NOT STALINIST RUSSIA! Move to Iran, you’ll be happier there.

    • I don’t want Starbucks to bow to my precious ideology or your precious ideology. I just want them to to sell coffee. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    • Richard on said:

      Considering the religious leanings of this blog, I think moving to Iran would be a bad move for this guy.

      • The hostility Christians face in Iran is little different than the hostility directed at Christians by the gay community here in the United States.

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