A Christian pastor is asking customers to boycott Starbucks due to the company's support of a bill to legalize gay marriage in Washington state, King 5 News reports.
"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?"
The call for the boycott was released Tuesday, a day prior to the bill's passage in Washington's State Senate Wednesday night, according to Reuters.
USA Ministries is also asking for Christians to stop serving the brand at their church facilities and events.
The Seattle-based coffee chain joined more than 100 other firms in backing the same-sex marriage bill.
Other companies taking a similar position include Nike, Google and Microsoft, Half Moon Bay Patch notes.
If the bill passes in the state house of representatives next week, Washington will become the seventh U.S. state to recognize same-sex unions.
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Personally, I can't STAND Starbucks coffee ... but all this incident does for me is further demonstrate the foolishness of churches who wish to insist on their infantile obsession with two verses of the old testament, especially when they're in violation of so much of the rest of it.
I love the dark roasted Sumatra... my experience with Starbucks AT Starbucks is that when you put super hot coffee into a paper cup, it tastes like the paper cup. Add to that most local places seem to use water out of the tap, and here that has a bitter metallic flavor that the coffee brings out. Make it a home with purified water, no paper cups, and grind the beans just before using, and it's smoky black heaven. No cream, no sugar, no special flavors. Never got into Columbian or African coffees but experiment all of the time. Those Island volcanoes must exude some great nutrients for the coffee trees. I also love Starbucks for their used grounds that are great in compost.
I never really did like Starbucks. Not because of any company policy. Rather, if I want a milkshake, I'll skip the frappucino, cinnamon, latte with soy milk, nutmeg and chocolate sprinkles made by a food service clerk with a phony italian style title. I can do better myself by getting some Ben and Jerry's, milk, and a blender. I was once at a Starbucks in a hotel in the midwest where it took a monumental effort to just get a cup of black coffee with none of the crap in it that I didn't want.
Considering the company is actively supporting human rights, I guess I'll suck it up and the next time I'm on a business trip, try and get another plain cup o' joe at one of their joints. The satisfaction will be spending my money just to piss of a bigot.
Yes and atheists can boycott them over their blatant segregation in the middle east. Females have to sit in the back of the cafe and enter in the backdoor. Get with the times, Bro.
Okay ... question in re: your comment: are the status of females at the Starbucks you mention as a result of Starbucks policy or of the country and culture they live in?!?
The headline I read was "Starbucks hates God." I guess if you don't hate gays, you must hate gods.