Are Starbucks Drinkers ‘Anti-Christian’?
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A Texan pastor gave a recent sermon about the danger to traditional marriage by drinking Starbucks
A pastor has said that drinking Starbucks goes against Christian values.
David Barton, a conservative activist as well as a former evangelical pastor from Texas, gave a recent sermon with an extra caffeine jolt within it.
“Starbucks is pouring all this money into destroying traditional marriage,” Barton remarked in a video clip of the sermon. Barton continued the speech by asking, “If you know that when buying a cup… five, 10, 15 cents is going to be used to defeat marriage, can you do that? The answer is ‘no.’”
In January of last year, the global chain Starbucks, founded in Seattle in 1970, was one of many corporations which supported Washington state’s same sex marriage bill. CEO Howard Schultz continued to express Starbucks’ support for same-sex equality earlier this year at the March 2013 annual shareholder meeting, emphasizing at the meeting that “we want to embrace diversity of all kinds.”
Barton, however, made his opinion clear that there ware “no way” a devout Christian can drink Starbucks in his speech – as well as on his Texas-based company, WallBuilders’ site, which says “an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built - a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined."
In addition to Starbucks, other beverage companies like Absoult Vodka, and Budweiser have been known to support same-sex marriage.
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Why Some Christians Are Upset at Starbucks' New Holiday Cups
S ome Christians have taken to social media channels to protest the new Starbucks holiday cup, which they say is conspicuously devoid of images of both Christmas and Jesus Christ himself. The new cup, which is shades of red with the Starbucks logo, showed up in stores late last month.
“Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus,” wrote Joshua Feuerstein in a viral Facebook post with nearly 10 million views. In an accompanying video, Feuerstein encourages customers to give their name as “Merry Christmas” to force Starbucks employees to say the phrase. The movement had caught on by Sunday with the hashtag “MerryChristmasStarbucks” trending on Facebook.
Starbucks has offered special holiday cups since 1997 with designs varying from year to year. Jeffrey Fields, the company’s vice president of design and content, explained this year’s design as a “more open way to usher in the holidays.”
&ldquoStarbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,&rdquo he said in a press release. &ldquoWe&rsquore embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it.”
Are Starbucks Drinkers ‘Anti-Christian’? - Recipes
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Starbucks markets more 'anti-God' coffee cups
Company welcomes national dialogue despite boycott threat by some patrons
Coffeehouse giant Starbucks is standing by its campaign to put thought-provoking messages on its coffee cups despite a national uproar and threat of boycott over a message some felt was "anti-God."
Controversy erupted this week after a customer became steamed reading a quote that stated:
"Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure."
The quote was written by Bill Schell, a Starbucks customer from London, Ontario, Canada, and was included as part of Starbucks' "The Way I See It" campaign to collect different viewpoints and spur discussion.
A WND story posted Sunday afternoon publicizing the cup became a hot topic on national radio shows this week including Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham.
One reader, Ken Peck of Lakeland, Fla., has since purchased a coffee with another message he felt was a slam against his Christian faith, and snapped a photograph of it.
Ken Peck of Lakeland, Fla., was not thrilled when he purchased this Starbucks cup with a message he felt was anti-Christian
Heaven is totally overrated. It seems boring. Clouds, listening to people play the harp. It should be somewhere you cant wait to go, like a luxury hotel. Maybe blue skies and soft music were enough to keep people in line in the 17th century, but Heaven has to step it up a bit. They're basically getting by because they only have to be better than Hell. -- Joel Stein, columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
"There's absolutely no reason to put that out on a cup," Peck told WND. "From a marketing standpoint, it blows me away. I don't put a picture of Christ of my business card."
Peck says the issue has energized him to push for a boycott of Starbucks in favor of other local coffeehouses in Polk Co., Fla.
"Everyone I've shown the cup to has been flabbergasted, whether they have a faith in Christ or not," he said.
Seattle-based Starbucks, meanwhile, is making no apologies about the God-related messages, nor its campaign.
"We are committed to this program," Starbucks communications manager Tricia Moriarty told WND, noting that quotes about matters of faith make up only a small fraction of the printed quips.
"We cover topics such as theater, film, the environment, food and sports," Moriarty said. "The cups are not pro- or anti-religion per se."
When asked if there were any scenario that would prompt the company to remove a certain cup from its campaign, she said she could not comment on a hypothetical situation, saying only, "Certainly, we have no plans to remove any of them."
Starbucks’s red cup controversy, explained
In a world filled with many items, there is none more divisive right now than the 2015 Red Starbucks Cup™. On the surface, it might look like a simple crimson container sized to hold either 8, 12, 16, 20, or 30 fluid ounces of the life-giving dark nectar we know as coffee.
But it's much more than that.
In certain pockets of the US, it speaks to something larger than the vessel from which we drink our hot, caffeinated beverages. To some, the naked red cup, unadorned with symbols like holly or snowflakes, is an affront against the Christian faith, a cut against Christianity. For others, it's a chance to beat their chests and scream about Christian and conservative stupidity into the faceless void of the internet.
The culture wars have come to disposable paper Starbucks cups.
Americans fighting over what is printed on a coffee cup designed by a billion-dollar company to promote conformity sounds like cold German satire: While the world rages on and problems like starvation, a massive refugee crisis, and homelessness remain unfixed, people in America — including an American presidential candidate — are arguing over a red beverage container.
But there's nothing satirical about this. The conflict over this dumb cup is so passionate that the original version of a viral "Starbucks' War on Christmas" video has more than 14 million views. It's also an unflinchingly real slice of American internet culture and the outrage machine that fuels it.
Here's what the Starbucks red cup looks like now and what it looked like in 2014
According to Starbucks, the holiday cup began in 1997 with a "jazz-themed design in jewel tones of deeper reds, greens and blues." Each year since then, the coffee giant's holiday cups return, and have become a corporate tradition in the process. The cups make the transition from plain white to holiday-themed in November this year they changed over on November 3.
So here it is. Here is the source of all this pain, anger, and outrage:
The 2015 cup on the left the 2014 cup on the right. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
The 2015 cup (left) is obviously different from the 2014 cup (right). The shade of red is different (brighter!), and the cup doesn't have the pine tree print. Sear this image into your brain.
Why some Christians are mad about Starbucks's 2015 red cup
The fight over Starbucks's cup actually begins with a man named Joshua Feuerstein and a viral video in which he claims Starbucks can't celebrate Christmas.
Feuerstein, who looks a bit like Kevin James and whose voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Seth Rogen's, describes himself as an "American evangelist, internet, and social media personality" his personal website touts his "Facebook fame" and internet success:
Feuerstein’s social media success led him to be the subject of a recent BBC Trending episode. In addition, he has hosted or been the guest on television and syndicated radio talk shows, such as TBN.
Feuerstein has a big Christian, conservative following, and as he'll probably tell you himself, he's good at making things that are popular on the internet. He frequently does this by harnessing the power of polarizing religious topics. In one of his videos, he attempts to dispel evolution, saying that it isn't a science.
Dear Mr. Atheist . allow me to destroy evolution in 3 minutes! #SHAREifyouCARE #WOWPosted by Joshua Feuerstein on Friday, May 23, 2014
That piece was shared more than 201,000 times and received more than 1.8 million "likes" on Facebook. But it's not just people who agree with Feuerstein's views who watched the video. The reason Feuerstein's videos are so popular is that many people disagree with him. One of the most "liked" comments in the meandering thread of responses to the evolution video comes from a guy who calls Feuerstein ignorant:
Feuerstein's new Starbucks outrage video might be the biggest of his social media career. It's a rant stemming from a conservative Christian belief that there is a "war on Christmas," and that each year during the holidays, Christians are persecuted by companies. The video, which Feuerstein posted on November 5, has amassed more than 14 million views.
Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus . SO I PRANKED THEM . and they HATE IT. #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow --> Joshua FeuersteinPosted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015
Over the course of nearly one and a half minutes, Feuerstein talks about how Starbucks has caved to political correctness.
"Do you realize that Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups?" he asks. "In fact, do you know that Starbucks isn't allowed to say merry Christmas to their customers?"
But what Feuerstein's saying is a lie.
It's doubtful that Feuerstein had any input, insider knowledge, or consultation with the design team responsible for Starbucks's 2015 red cup or the coffee company's rationale for making the cup plain red. But he's wrong about Starbucks refusing to celebrate Christian holidays. If you peruse the Starbucks website, you'll find several pieces of merchandise that prove otherwise, including Christmas ornaments, an advent calendar, and "Christmas blend" coffee:
There's also a Starbucks "Christmas" gift card:
But Feuerstein's most blatant untruth, and the reason for all the current furor about the 2015 red cup, is the implication that Starbucks at one time printed the word "Christmas" on its holiday cups and is now being stifled or stifling itself from doing so. In the past six years, Starbucks, which doesn't identify itself as a Christian company, has never put the words "Merry Christmas" on its holiday cups — instead, it's used wintry and vaguely holiday-esque imagery and language, including ornaments that say things like "joy" or "hope," snowmen, and holly. Here are the cups dating back from 2009:
However, the fact that Feuerstein's assertion is false doesn't seem to matter to his followers, who've rallied around the video and helped it gain prevalence. The company has been a target of right-wing and Christian criticism in the past because of its support for same-sex marriage and its opposition to open carry firearms in its stores, even in states where it is legal. Meanwhile, conservative media outlets like Breitbart have weighed in, too, echoing Feuerstein's message.
"The Red Cups are now an anti-Christmas symbol, with Starbucks declaring their formerly Christmassy cups to be 'holiday beverages' and shedding any sign of Christmas from them," Breitbart's Raheem Kassam wrote in his provocatively titled column "Starbucks Red Cups Are Emblematic of the Christian Culture Cleansing of the West."
The protest eventually trickled its way up to American presidential candidate Donald Trump, who couldn't resist the opportunity to comment. "Maybe we should boycott Starbucks? I don't know. Seriously, I don't care," Trump told supporters in Springfield, Illinois, on November 9. "If I become president, we're all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you."
The design of Starbucks's red cups wouldn't be as big of a news story if the internet wasn't so predisposed to outrage
At any given minute, millions of stories are being shared online by millions of people. Those stories are as diverse as the people reading them, but there's one common reason we pass them around: They help define us. Sharing stories allows us a low-effort way to tell people what we care about, what we find funny, what makes us angry, and how smart we are. And plenty of Feuerstein's followers undoubtedly feel the same way he does.
But there are just as many people who hate-share his videos. If you search for "MerryChristmasStarbucks" (one of the primary hashtags for the red cup "controversy"), you'll find myriad posts by self-identified Christians about how dumb the protest is.
"I do have issues with #MerryChristmasStarbucks, though. Most of American Christianity’s blatant problems are exposed in this one excruciatingly real social campaign," Nate Lake, a Christian college student and soon-to-be Starbucks employee wrote in a blog post that's gone viral in the wake of the red cup kerfuffle. He continues:
Another reason #MerryChristmasStarbucks is everything wrong with American Christianity is its improper, miscalculated expectation of Christian values from a non-Christian entity. Simply put, Starbucks is not a Christ-centered company. That doesn’t make Starbucks bad.
There are also counter hashtags like #itsjustacup, and viral Instagram posts like this one denouncing Starbucks protesters:
Actress, Aries, and devout Christian Candace Cameron Bure has also weighed in, saying that the controversy is a non-issue. "Until Starbucks puts a baby Jesus or nativity scene on the cup while saying Merry Christmas, then pulls it because they say it’s offensive, let’s talk," she wrote in a wildly popular Instagram post:
Journalists have helped this backlash gain steam. "The phony ‘War on Christmas’ is back, fueled by those alleged Jesus haters at Starbucks," the Washington Post asserted while Us Weekly opted for "Starbucks' Plain Red Holiday Cups Are Causing Outrage Among Christians," and Jezebel went with "Christians Angry Over Starbucks' Minimalist Holiday Cup Design." These are good headlines that compel you to click and make you a little angry, whether it's at the publication for being glib ("Jesus Haters") or at the Christians for overreacting.
The Starbucks controversy flattened Christianity into something easy to hate
Portraying the red cup protest as something that all Christians (as opposed to some Christians) are participating in makes the movement seem bigger and more connected to our personal lives than it is. The protest began in evangelical and fundamentalist Christian circles — a world that is foreign to a lot of Americans. But painting it as something that mainstream Christianity is actively involved in — even if this is not the case — suddenly makes it more immediate, urgent, and outrage-worthy.
The way news is shared on the internet has an indomitable way of flattening complex ideas into simplistic, easily digestible things. With this protest, the complex idea of Christianity has been compressed into a simple matter of people who are irrationally angry at a red cup. It's easy to see why people who identify as Christians would quickly share this story to announce that they're not like the people protesting. Meanwhile, for people who don't believe in organized religion, the story marks yet another instance of people acting dumb in the name of religion.
On social media, yelling about what we don't like defines us as much as the things we do like. The wicked irony of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram is that this backlash makes more people aware of the protest's existence. And as we saw during a recent racist Star Wars protest, the anger against the movement can amplify the original message to the point where it becomes a vast echo chamber of backlash.
It actually doesn't matter what Starbucks says about its red cups — we've already decided
On November 8, three days after Feuerstein's initial outrage video was posted, Starbucks explained why it chose a plain cup this year. The company explained that it went with an ombré design — the red is brighter on top and darkens into a shade of cranberry — as a nod to simplicity.
"Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays," Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of design and content, said in a statement. "We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s a more open way to usher in the holiday."
Though the company didn't cite Feuerstein's video, it did make a mention of how the company wants to be respectful of customers' religious beliefs:
Creating a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity is one of the core values of Starbucks, and each year during the holidays the company aims to bring customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season. Starbucks will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.
And in perhaps a great moment of self-awareness, Starbucks invited its customers to imbue the red cups with their own stories (as many already have):
Taking a cue from customers who have been doodling designs on cups for years (Starbucks held a contest to support this creativity), this year’s design is another way Starbucks is inviting customers to create their own stories with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas.
But in reality, Starbucks was never in control of the situation. Once Feuerstein's video took hold, we all made up our minds about both the protest and the coffee company, bolstered by our own opinions (or lack thereof) on Christianity and political correctness. Starbucks says it wanted us to "create our own stories" — and we did.
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Starbucks ‘removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus,’ Christian says in viral Facebook video
Some say Jesus Christ healed the sick and died to redeem humankind. Little is said about his views on the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Still, secular coffee maker Starbucks has come under fire from some Christians who say the company isn’t repping hard enough for Jesus on its recent understated holiday cups. The problem? Political correctness, according to one evangelical.
“I think in the age of political correctness we become so open-minded our brains have literally fallen out of our head,” Joshua Feuerstein said in a widely viewed anti-Starbucks rant on Facebook titled “Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus.” “Do you realize that Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups? That’s why they’re just plain red.”
Feuerstein, an Arizona-based evangelist and “social media personality,” according to his Web site, had a plan. He didn’t want a boycott. He wanted a movement.
“I went in,” he said in the video. “I asked for my coffee. They asked for my name. And I told them my name is ‘Merry Christmas.’ ”
“Guess what, Starbucks?” Feuerstein said. “I tricked you into putting ‘Merry Christmas’ on your cup.” Moreover, he challenged “great Americans and Christians” to do the same by making “coffee selfies” with Christmas messages on Starbucks cups.
Feuerstein’s message was quickly embraced by many. Posted on Thursday, Nov. 5, his video had been viewed more than 11 million times by early Monday.
“It’s not just about a cup,” he explained in an e-mail to The Washington Post. “The cup is symbolic of a larger war against Christianity in this country. The policemen of political correctness have demanded that the silent majority bend its knee to a vocal minority.” He added: “Starbucks and others know that Americans are drawing a line in the sand and refusing to remain silent any longer.”
In the video, Feuerstein added that he wore a Jesus Christ T-shirt into the store “just to offend” — and also brought his gun with him, since Starbucks “hates” the Second Amendment. (Starbucks has expressed disapproval of guns in its locations in the past, but not banned them. Arizona, meanwhile, is an open-carry state.)
“Choose to not be political correct,’ just correct,” Feuerstein said.
Some supported the message.
“Love it Joshua,” one commenter wrote. “AMEN AMEN. I will ALWAYS KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS.”
However, some commenters — a few claiming to be current or former Starbucks employees — said that the company has never endorsed explicitly Christian messages. And wouldn’t sending more business to a company to make a point just result in higher profits for the allegedly offending company?
“I normally like your post but not this one,” one commenter wrote. “Starbucks is trying to remain neutral and be culturally sensitive to everyone by leaving them blank. You are offended that they don’t say Merry Christmas, but Jewish people would be offended if it only said that, not Happy Hanukkah. So they are leaving them blank so they can’t offend anyone.”
“If you need a coffee chain to be your ambassador of Christ you need to re-examine your relationship w/God,” one Twitter critic wrote.
Starbucks certainly didn’t seem to anticipate this furor when it released its holiday-themed cups last week — cups that, as the company made clear in a press release, are not really Christmas cups. No crosses. No Mary and Joseph. And definitely no Jesus. In many ways, the cups seemed designed to be unremarkable — unlike, say, the “Race Together” cups the company tried to push in the wake of unrest in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this year.
“Creating a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity is one of the core values of Starbucks, and each year during the holidays the company aims to bring customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season,” the company wrote in a press release. “Starbucks will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.”
Indeed, save for the shade, the cups looked pretty much like regular Starbucks cups. Well, if you got technical, as the company did, the cups were “a bright poppy color on top that shades into a darker cranberry below.”
“We have anchored the design with the classic Starbucks holiday red that is bright and exciting,” Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of design and content, said in a statement. “The ombré creates a distinctive dimension, fluidity and weightedness.” (For those in need of a definition of “ombré”: “colors or tones that shade into each other — used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark,” according to Merriam-Webster.)
We should not underestimate the power of image in propagating a message.
Images are very powerful and they can convey a message more effectively than words. The symbolism associated with the new designs of the cups are quite ambiguous as the red color means human emotions and feelings. But the green color signifies envy and pride from which we should stay away and protect our soul. So by missing the red color with the green color we are signifying the emotions which are negative from which we need to protect ourselves. However, we should not read too much into a symbolism.
Should Christians boycott companies that support anti-Christian policies?
Some Christian organizations have declared boycotts of companies with anti-Christian policies. Starbucks, Amazon, Nike, and other corporations have been the target of such boycotts. Those calling for the boycotts want to get the attention of business executives and decision-makers to communicate the fact that Christians will not support an ungodly agenda. Many who are involved in boycotts are also trying to be good stewards of their money: “Why should I feed a company and help it stay in business,” they reason, “knowing that it is going to use some of my money to support an anti-Christian agenda?”
The Bible says nothing regarding boycotts. Of course, Scripture contains no direct command to boycott or not to boycott a business. However, at least two passages are relevant to the discussion. First, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:9&ndash10 that, although we are “not to associate with sexually immoral people,” we are still part of the world and therefore cannot disassociate ourselves from all immoral people. To totally avoid all corruption, “you would need to go out of the world.”
Paul’s focus in 1 Corinthians 5 is the church. Christians should not partner (or even eat) with a person who claims to be a Christian yet lives contrary to Christ’s word. The only way to avoid contact with immoral people in this world is to leave the world. To apply this principle to the boycott issue, the only way to avoid businesses that support ungodly practices is to leave this world completely.
A second passage is Romans 14:5&ndash12, which deals with doubtful issues, or “gray areas.” One principle here is that “each one should be fully convinced in his own mind” (verse 5). Whatever one does, he or she should do it “in honor of the Lord” (verse 6) and give thanks to God. “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord” (verse 8). Believers are to follow their conscience in the gray areas, because “each of us will give an account of himself to God” (verse 12). If God’s Word has not clearly spoken on an issue, each believer has the freedom to seek God’s will and be fully convinced in his own mind.
This “matter of conscience” principle applies to many issues, including boycotting. Some Christians feel strongly about not supporting a business due to particular moral issues, and they are free to take their business elsewhere. Other Christians may be just as concerned about the moral issues yet not share the same conviction about boycotting. They are free to not join the boycott.
If one does join a boycott, there are other questions that should be answered: for example, how far should the boycott extend? What about subsidiaries of the parent company? Should vendors who sell to the boycotted company also be boycotted? How will the effectiveness of the boycott be gauged, or is that even a consideration? And what about Christians who are employed by the boycotted company?
Some Christians work politically, through the election process, to affect the important social and moral issues. Some work financially, through boycotts. Others work both ways. The important thing is to pray about the issues of the day and take a biblical, principled stand&mdashand then do what one can.
Opinion : Most Christians don’t actually care about Starbucks cups. Here’s what we do know.
The leaves have finished flashing their best hues and there is a nip in the air. Which can only mean one thing: It’s time for another viral “War on Christmas” story. This year, it isn’t the city of Boston’s “holiday tree” or Macy’s greeters refusing to say “Merry Christmas” that has inspired outcry it’s Starbuck’s seasonal coffee cup.
“Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus,” Joshua Feuerstein, declared on his Facebook page on Thursday. The post was shared nearly half a million times and incited many commenters to call for a holiday embargo of the coffee chain.
Because nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a boycott.
But contrary to a few breathless media reports, most Christians don’t actually care what kind of cup their latte is served in, so long as it is hot and comes with a creamy layer of froth on top. It seems an increasing number of believers have finally learned that coercive and heavy-handed tactics like boycotts are not effective ways to influence culture.
Shortly after the Feuerstein’s post went viral, several media outlets reported on the rage of this gaggle of Christian Facebook trolls. Many attempted to argue that the Starbucks cup had sparked sweeping anger among Christians, but the evidence was just not there.
Mic.com published a story on Monday purporting that the cup design caused a “boycott from Christian groups,” but the actual article cites exactly zero Christian groups calling for such a thing. The Los Angeles Times claimed evangelical Christians were “seeing red,” but only cited a couple of random Twitter critics. The New York Daily News claimed that “Christian evangelists” were angered by the cups, but they cited only a lone student pastor from a small church in Sarasota.
I’ve read dozens of stories on this from as many news outlets and I can’t find a single Christian organization or leader of import that is backing a boycott in any story. (Sure, the self-avowed Presbyterian and presidential hopeful Donald Trump suggested it might be a good idea, but even his own church won’t claim him.) Instead, many Christians responded to the backlash with backlash, saying that a boycott was pointless and a bit ridiculous.