Starbucks sparks ‘War on Xmas’ 2015

Starbucks sparks ‘War on Xmas’ 2015

The Starbucks coffee chain stands accused ‘persecuting’ Christians … by not featuring cheesy Christmas imagery on its 2015 festive season coffee cups.

Instead, this year its traditional Christmas cups are simply red, without snowflakes, ornaments, nature scenes, Santas and the like. The minimalist design, according to Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks’ Vice President of Design, is meant to embrace:

The simplicity and the quietness of the holiday season.

“No, no, NO!” hoots Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, who is quoted here as saying:

This is a denial of historical reality and the great Christian heritage behind the American Dream that has so benefited Starbucks.

This also denies the hope of Jesus Christ and His story told so powerfully at this time of year.

Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute chimed in:

What is it about Christmas that Starbucks are afraid of celebrating? Haven’t they heard it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the season of good will to ALL men? They should get involved and stop being scrooges.

Tory MP David Burrowes joined the fray, saying:

The Starbucks coffee cup change smells more of political correctness than a consumer-led change.


And on the the other side of the pond, according to this report, deranged former pastor and evangelist Joshua Feuerstein, above, said in a viral Facebook video that he had hit back by telling Starbucks staff that his name was “Merry Christmas”,  thus compelling them to write the words “Merry Christmas” on the cup.

Feuerstein also noted that he brought a gun into the coffee shop, in spite of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’ request that patrons leave their firearms at home.

29 responses to “Starbucks sparks ‘War on Xmas’ 2015”

  1. Angela_K says:

    Williams and her fellow fruitcakes are moaning about what Starbucks haven’t put on their cups but say nothing about the company’s tax avoidance or the fact they sell over-price muck. Williams ignores the fact that Christians hijacked a Pagan festival to make it “the most ghastly time of the year”

  2. Ivan says:

    “…This is a denial of historical reality…”

    Historical reality suggests that Christmas is actually the Pagan mid-winter festival and that Jesus was certainly not born in December.

  3. Newspaniard says:

    “…This is a denial of historical reality…”. *Ahem*. What historical reality? Jesus, Moses and Mohamed and their various gods, are all fictional characters invented for the political reasons of their time.

  4. Broga says:

    I like Christmas and I know it is pagan in its origins. The Christian overlay is a bore and an embarrassment.

  5. Cali Ron says:

    So Starbucks X-mas cups not being “festive” enough is now another example of christian persecution? Modern christians sure are a bunch of whiny pussies! They serve the all powerful and all knowing god, but he’s apparently offended by not festive enough cups.

    This is serious and I’m getting serious about it. I’m starting a support group today for christians suffering form X-mas attack syndrome. I shall be collecting boxes of tissues to send to those poor souls to wipe their crying eyes with a cover letter kindly imploring them to get the fuck over it. After all, it’s the christian thing to do.

    What would christians know about “historical reality”? What would christians know abut any kind of “reality”. The whole point of being christian is to deny reality and substitute it with “christian reality”, which is actually a delusion. You can tell when a devout christian is talking from christian delusion and not reality whenever his lips are moving and words are coming out.

    If this sounds like I’m a bit bitter, well, I am.

  6. Lucy1 says:

    What particularly gets on my tits is that they mix up the post victorian secular images, snow and reindeers etc , with their crap religion. Guess what, no reindeers in palestine. No stockings hanging up 2 centuries ago,

  7. Peter Sykes says:

    So they complain when big business users xmas crap for prophet, then complain again when big business does not, stupid bastards.

  8. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Is that all they’ve got to worry about?

  9. Bubblecar says:

    Always daft when corporations that are not in the religion business are denounced by the religious for not doing their propaganda work for them.

    “We demand free publicity and corporate endorsement for our superstitions!” is all it amounts to.

  10. L.Long says:

    Looks like the xtians are being as badly persecuted as they have always been…NOT AT ALL!!! They are just the egocentric bigoted aholes they have always been and think it is all about them, and call it persecution because they can’t get their dippers changed!!!

  11. Jobrag says:

    For every tree decorated before December ( and any other Christmas related activity) an Elf drowns a baby reindeer.

  12. andym says:

    I must admit a grudging admiration of Williams for having the sheer brassneck to use the term “historical reality.” As others have said, there’s as much historical reality in Rudolph and his sleigh as there is in their virgin birth.

  13. andym says:

    On topic, Christian “persecution” is dealt with by the current Jesus and Mo.

  14. barriejohn says:

    I hope people are not overlooking the delightful Mr Feuerstein here. The video on his website is priceless, and taken apart amazingly proficiently here:

    (Just hoping that a few creationist visitors click onto that link!)

  15. barriejohn says:

    I’m sorry that that video doesn’t play from 0:00, but it’s too late to edit the link now!

  16. AgentCormac says:

    I honestly dread this time of year. From here on in the hard-sell pressure really starts to build to make sure families (no matter how broke) spend a fortune conforming to some stereotypical vision of xmas where one and all gather in unadulterated bliss over an excessive yet perfectly prepared dinner, having spent a fortune on presents which their cynical, heartless brats have blackmailed them into buying. You know I’m not exaggerating here.

    However, the paragon of xmas which Andrea Williams and her loathsome associates would like to force upon us all is no less manufactured, superficial, or hard-sell. And if the above report is an example of just how far they believe xmas has strayed from their perfect vision for this entirely stolen ‘historical reality’, then perhaps the annual quest of so many like myself to find cards which are sincere yet entirely non-religious will become ever more difficult, and millions of worthwhile charities will lose out as a result.

    However, I have a solution. By law we should only allow the xtian version of xmas to be celebrated once every decade, with each of the intervening nine years focusing if anything on the true origins of this event: namely, the return of the light after the longest night of the year. Not only would this give everyone other than the Huttons of this world a much-needed respite from the perpetual bombardment of brand pressure to spend a fortune, it would have the added benefit of ensuring that I probably only have another three god-bothering versions of this farcical event to endure before I happily return to be star stuff.

  17. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac : Already I have read the phrase “must have present for Christmas.” And already parents will start to be conned by the “must have” as if their sprogs cannot be the only ones excluded from ownership of some junk soon to be abandoned.

  18. Cali Ron says:

    Is there such a thing as historical unreality?

  19. Maggie says:

    On 25th December, 1642 (according to the Julian calendar which was use in England back then), Sir Isaac Newton was born. Not only does he have the advantage of being a real person, he did much in the realm of human progress.

    So, a happy (early) Isaactime!

  20. barriejohn says:

    Broga: I know that we’ve discussed this before, but I felt really guilty about celebrating Christmas as a Christian because we did realize that it was, in essence, a pagan midwinter festival that had been hijacked by the Church. We used to exploit it with Carol Services, Old People’s Teas, Christmas tract distribution, etc, but how we looked down on any church that displayed such ungodly symbols as Christmas trees, decorations, or greenery! All that guilt and hypocrisy is now, thankfully well behind me, and I can now laugh about it, as I readily celebrate December 21st as the greatest day in the calendar. In a way, one feels at one with our ancestors, who must have huddled around blazing fires on those dark winter’s nights, thousands of years ago, wondering whether the days would lengthen again and warmth and light return to the earth. It is easy to imagine how religion gained its hold upon primitive, uneducated minds, but so depressing to see people who are unable to leave superstition and ignorance behind.

  21. Laura Roberts says:

    Seems as good a time as any to reprise Seth Andrews’ lovely video on the subject from Xmas 2014:

    If Christians want to get themselves into a tizzy about teensy, petty issues, then I guess it’s their business how they want to spend the holidays. I feel sorry for them — they don’t seem to realize they’re only spoiling their own good times, wasting energy trying to make others conform to their narrow, dark little view of the world.

    Me, I’m going to drink Starbucks Christmas blend (you may hate it, but I love the stuff), wander Christmas markets, find some special beers to drink on the day, Skype with distant friends and relatives, and have a truly delightful holiday with my partner.

  22. Steve says:

    “Christian business owners should be allowed to do what they want”but Starbucks shouldn’t be allowed to not use religious icons if the don’t want to? Ah, I do love a bit of hypocracy in the morning.

  23. barriejohn says:

    That was posted on Facebook today, but here is a link to their main site in case you don’t know them:

    So funny to those of us who used to be Christians!

  24. dennis says:

    business men and theist always want to sell you something stupid.

  25. barriejohn says:

    Dennis: Religion is the biggest business enterprise in the world.

    Here’s another suggestion: