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.




One Small Coffee Company Has Set A Goal To Hire 10,000 Veterans

Starbucks made waves when CEO Howard Schulz made a commitment to hire 10,000 refugees. The decision generated plenty of negative publicity for the chain, so much so that Schulz has subsequently publicized the company’s veterans’ hiring program – one that has employed 8,800 since 2013.

Now, a small Utah-based coffee company is following in Starbucks’ footsteps, making a commitment to offer employment opportunities to 10,000 veterans over the next six years.

Black Rifle Coffee, whose CEO Evan Hafer is an Army Special Forces veteran, says his company is committed to providing steady employment – and hope – to those who have served our country.

“Black Rifle Coffee has a mission,” Hafer told The Blaze. “My personal charter in this business is that we’re always advocating for the United States veteran.”

There are 2.6 million veterans living in this country. Hafer says those who serve should be the focus of hiring efforts, rather than groups like refugees.

“The history of public service is not one of fame and riches,” he says. “You’re signing up to barely get anything back, and often putting your life on the line.”

Hafer knows that the company’s plan is an ambitious one, but their current plans involve opening 600 stores over a six year period, which is roughly enough to hire the 10,000 veterans.

Hafer said he’s is pleased that his effort might serve as a reminder to other businesses that these men and women have earned the attention.

“Veterans have an extremely high suicide rate. We need to give them a mission, an opportunity; we need to give them a job and get the pills and the gun out their hand,” he says. “If it’s wrong for me to try doing that, then I don’t know what’s right.”

Good for Hafer and Black Rifle Coffee. Go online and buy some of their products; let’s help them achieve their audacious goal.