Muslims Are Boycotting Starbucks Over The Company’s Pro-LGBT Stance

Let’s laugh a little.

Parkasa, a hard-line Muslim group in Malaysia that touts around 700,000 members, is joining another Muslim group in Indonesia, Muhammadiyah, in calling for the boycott of Starbucks.

Almost 30 million people belong to Muhammadiyah, the second-largest mainstream Muslim organization in Indonesia. They have denounced the popular coffee chain over the company’s former chief executive’s past praise for the gay community. Both organizations want Starbucks’ operating license to be revoked because the stance goes against Islamic teachings.

“Our objection is because they are promoting something that is against the human instinct, against human behavior and against religion. That’s why we are against it,” Amini Amir Abdullah, head of Perkasa’s Islamic affairs bureau, stated to Reuters in an interview earlier this week. Homosexuality goes against the country’s constitution.

Sodomy (including homosexual sex) is illegal in Malaysia, and committing gay acts can land you up to 20 years in prison. While homosexuality is still legal in Indonesia, a case moving forward in the Constitutional Court is looking to criminalize gay sex.

Oddly enough, calls for a boycott come in response to an old video of Howard Schultz defending LGBT causes in a shareholders meeting. The video, released in 2013, shows Schultz responding to a shareholder who was complaining over lost business because of the company’s support for gay marriage. The recording has been re-circulating online and has caused the ire of conservative Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia. Shares of the company that operates Starbucks in Indonesia fell drastically this week.

Why is this funny?

Starbucks is a stereotypical, progressive entity. The company champions both LGBT causes and defends Islamic culture – no matter how contradictory those two things can be. Remember: not long ago, the company announced its plan to hire 10,000 Muslim refugees over a five year period. The announcement was supposed to be a slight to President Trump and his “Muslim ban.” The Starbucks brand perception, by the way, took a major hit after news of the Muslim refugee hiring spree.

A lame attempt at virtue signaling to the liberal base.

Instead of worrying about the financial health of his company, former chief executive Howard Schultz, as you may know, is more concerned with a possible run for office. Many Democrats are looking to him as a likely challenger to President Trump.

So which is it, Starbucks? Do you support the gay community or do you stand in solidarity with the Muslim community? It’s becoming increasingly obvious you can’t have it both ways.

 

 

 

On Muslim Hate And Xenophobia, New York Goes After…Cruz

This makes zero sense at all. But then again, it makes perfect sense.

Ted Cruz made a statement yesterday after the Brussels bombing that “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

Looking at that statement, even out of context, it doesn’t seem in the least bit racist, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, or “apartheid” to me. It simply means that we can’t allow “no-go” zones in the U.S., where Sharia law is held above U.S. and local law. It means that it’s in America’s best interests to monitor radical Muslim rhetoric preached by imams or distributed over the Internet.

In a case of raw hypocrisy, NYPD spokesman Peter Donald blasted Cruz in a tweet, calling it an “incendiary, foolish statement.”

As if the NYPD didn’t agree with Cruz’s statement and actually take action on it: The department ran a secret program to monitor Muslim neighborhoods for signs of radicalization. After federal lawsuits and criticism from liberals, Commissioner Bill Bratton dropped the program in 2014.

NYPD even infiltrated Brooklyn College’s Islamic Society by having an undercover officer fake a conversion.

New York Daily News columnist Shaun King called Cruz’s statement “ridiculous.” He also called it “despicable,” “xenophobic,” and “dangerous.” He then dropped into the tired monologue asking if Dylann Roof represented Christianity because he was a white supremacist. If that argument was a carpet, it would grace the lobby of the New York Inn on Eighth Avenue, a place so bad it was condemned by the city.

On the other hand, Donald Trump, who has done more to glorify the Crusades since Jefferson dispatched the Marines to Tripoli, was left untouched.

Trump called Brussels “a hellhole.”

“There is something going on, Maria,” he said. “Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Shariah law, where they want this, where they want things that — you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on.”

Warming to his theme, he added that Brussels was in a particularly dire state. “You go to Brussels — I was in Brussels a long time ago, 20 years ago, so beautiful, everything is so beautiful — it’s like living in a hellhole right now,” Mr. Trump continued.

Trump claimed in December that London police are afraid to go into Muslim no-go areas.

“We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that the police are afraid for their own lives,” Trump claimed in a rambling MSNBC interview today.

He also cited the “horrible carnage” of the recent terror attacks in Paris.

“Paris is no longer the same city it was,” he said. “They have sections in Paris that are radicalised, where the police refuse to go there. They’re petrified. The police refuse to go in there.”

“We have to be very smart and very vigilant,” he said.

That sounds really similar, and a whole lot more xenophobic than Cruz’s remarks. But nobody in New York was talking about that Tuesday. They were talking about Cruz.

Where did Peter Donald’s imagination go?

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Where did Commissioner Bill Bratton’s imagination go?

New York City has congealed around one of its own. Bratton, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and their ilk have pushed themselves so far down into Trump’s pocket that his short fingers can’t even reach them.

Their hypocrisy is so thick and fetid that even the subway rats turn their noses.

Because Justice Runs to Individuals, Kennesaw, Georgia Got It Wrong

The City of Kennesaw, Georgia has denied a gathering of muslims the right to build a mosque in a strip mall. The city claims it does not allow houses of worship in strip malls, but recently unanimously granted a Pentecostal group the right to do just that.

Then the City of Kennesaw demanded that, should they grant the muslims the request, that the muslims must not park in front of their mosque, leaving room for future tenants and their businesses. The city, in effect, demanded to impose contract provisions and interfere in the private contracting between a landlord and tenant.

The deck was clearly stacked against the mosque and, it should be noted, the public vote was filled with individuals carrying protest signs about Islam and Christians carrying Israeli flags.

The City of Kennesaw and these individuals are wrong and, should the city not reverse itself, it should be bled dry and led to bankruptcy in a court of law.

Justice runs to individuals, not to groups. This is the great debate of our age. Can society extract revenge on groups because of the sins of some or must justice be in relation to the state and individuals exclusively? The left says that justice can be social. Groups can be preferred and punished. Causes can be carried in the name of justice for the collective mass of the oppressed.

Conservatives, on the other hand, say no. Justice is between the state and the individual. The state cannot carry a cause in the name of justice or punish a group in the name of justice. It must be an individual transaction based on the crimes and sins of the individual.

Christians in Kennesaw are trying to have it both ways. They tend to be overwhelmingly conservative. They oppose liberal euphemisms like social justice. But many of them want this group of muslims shut down because of the corporate sin of Islam itself. Justice cannot work that way and does not work that way.

Moreso, these Christians are making the United States their idol. They posit we are a Christian nation as if God Almighty has a plan for this nation. God may have a plan for the people of this nation, but this nation may pass by and the Kingdom of God will remain.

Until that time, we must extend the First Amendment to everyone, whether we agree with their religion or not. We cannot make decisions related to individuals based on fear of a group. We cannot deny muslims a place to worship without opening ourselves to denial.

Currently, Christians are being driven from the town square by the gay mafia intent on silencing their opposition to the culture drift of this country. Christians should not reciprocate by trying to drive from the town square other religions. Christ said to go forth and teach and preach and baptist and love. He did not say to shut down, shut up, and censor.

But that’s what the City of Kennesaw is doing and doing because of fear.

The city needs to reverse course immediately, do a motion to reconsider, and approve this mosque.

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