Starbucks CEO: If You Support Traditional Marriage, We Don’t Want Your Business
At the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Howard Schultz sent a clear message to anyone who supports traditional marriage over gay marriage: we don’t want your business. After saying Starbucks wants to “embrace diversity of all kinds,” he told a shareholder who supports traditional marriage that he should sell his shares and invest in some other company.
According to a report by Forbes, Schultz seemed a bit intolerant of any Starbucks shareholders who opposed gay marriage for moral or religious reasons. During the meeting, shareholder Tom Strobhar (who founded the Corporate Morality Action Center) pointed out that after the company voiced its support for a referendum backing gay marriage in Washington state, a boycott by traditional marriage supporters caused a drop in sales revenue. Schultz told him “You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company” if he did not agree with the company’s pro-gay marriage stand.
Despite strong opposition from the religious and political right, support for gay marriage in America has risen in recent years. The rise of support for gay marriage has also seen a rise of intolerance for those who oppose it. Many who joined the boycott of Starbucks last year were dismissed as bigots, even though the boycott did cause revenue to drop. A website, DumpStarbucks.com, has earned tens of thousands of supporters who refuse to buy from the coffee chain in response. Examiner.com
I love coffee; I drink coffee daily, and nearly all day. Coffee is the nectar of life. A good cup of coffee of can make a BAD day a lot more bearable. I am drinking coffee as I type this story and will be drinking MORE coffee after I am done with this cup.
My *cup* holds 1/3 of a pot of coffee so, I only drink 3 cups of coffee a day! Yes, it’s all about perspective!
I detest Starbucks coffee. I make NO apologies for that statement; I find their coffee to be bitter, almost acidic, and in MY opinion, it tastes like it was burned when it was in the roaster, so, dumping Starbucks in not an issue for me, it’s dumped.
Yes, I have had Starbucks coffee, twice, and that was because the folks I was with wanted to have Starbucks. The 2 additional times I visited Starbucks I drank hot green tea.
Now, I won’t even do that.
The CEO of Starbucks is entitled to his opinion and can run his business in any way he pleases, but I am entitled to MY opinions and to spending MY money when and where I choose. That’s the great thing about living in a FREE country, we don’t have to acquiesce to ANYONE if it goes against our beliefs and they can’t force us to buy their product.
It’s a lot like the issue we are facing here in Rowlett where atheists are trying to force their beliefs off on our City Council by demanding that the Council stop holding an invocation.
If I don’t want to drink Starbucks coffee, I won’t drink Starbucks coffee. If the atheists don’t want to participate in an invocation, no one is going to force them to do so.
Pretty simple isn’t it?
I don’t care what kind of gun you favor, I don’t care what kind of car you drive, where you buy your groceries or what brand of beer you drink.
I don’t care who sleeps with who, what they do in their bedrooms or the privacy of their homes, and I don’t care who prays or doesn’t, but when people try to tell me that I have to accept their view of everything, and put MY beliefs aside, especially my views on HOMOSEXUAL marriage or atheism, well, that is where I draw the proverbial line.
My tolerance does have its limitations.