Like most liberal groups and companies, Starbucks seems to just keep sticking their feet in their mouths. In the last six months we have seen major boycotts of the overpriced coffee thanks to their criticism of President Trump and his “Deplorable” supporters. Then the company announced that they would offer some 10,000 jobs to Muslim Refugees while slamming veterans and admitting they did not want to hire them, that was followed just two weeks ago by lab results which revealed that tests revealed fecal bacteria was found in 30 percent of their coffee products.
Now, the company is being slapped in the face by one of the largest Muslim organizations in the world, which has called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain’s support for LGBT rights. The Malaysian group Perkasa, which supports a hard-line form of Islam, has called on its more than 500,000 members to stay away from Starbucks coffee shops. In addition, leaders of Indonesia’s second largest mainstream Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, with an estimated 29 million members, has also denounced the chain.
Sources said the the Muslim organizations were reacting to comments made several years ago by the company’s former CEO Howard Schultz in support of gay rights that have drawn renewed attention amid an increasingly anti-LGBT climate in both of the Muslim groups. The statements were made some 4 years ago during a shareholders meeting, When Schultz responded to a shareholder who thought the coffeemaker’s support for gay marriage hurt the bottom line: “Not every decision is an economic decision,” Schultz said. “The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people.”
Perkasa released statement saying the Malaysian government should revoke the trading license given to Starbucks and other companies such as Microsoft and Apple that support LGBT rights and same-sex marriage. Perkasa’s Islamic affairs bureau, said Muslims should stay away from Starbucks because its pro-gay rights policy is against Islam and Malaysia’s constitution. You really have to love this stuff, Liberals stand up for Muslims that want to kill them, and then the Muslims tell them to go to Hell, I couldn’t even make this stuff up.
A boycott Starbucks hashtag was briefly popular on Twitter in Indonesia and shares of the company that operates Starbucks in the country fell sharply this week. Meanwhile a risk consulting company Eurasia Group, said the boycott was unlikely to amount to much but did reflect “a growing tendency toward conservatism and strict adherence to Islamic principles.”
A Starbucks spokesperson responded to the call for a boycott saying, “Though we are founded in the United States, we are a global company with over 300,000 partners and 26,000 stores in 75 markets around the world. In all countries where we do business, we are proud to be a part of the fabric of the local community, and we strive to be respectful of local customs and traditions while staying true to Starbucks long-standing values and purpose.”
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