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.