Starbucks is learning why it’s so dangerous to make every left wing policy your company policy as well. There is currently a battle going on between two of the groups that Starbucks supports. Gays and Muslims. Even Stevie Wonder could have seen this coming. Starbucks has been a huge supporter of the Muslims as they casually toss gays and lesbians off rooftops or stone them to death.
Now, Anwar Abbas of Muhammadiyah, an organization that has around 30 million members is calling for a boycott of Starbucks over their support of gays.
But the real boycott could end up reaching up to the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. And unlike republicans who call for boycotts but seldom join them, Muslims see it as a religious imperative and they have a fanatical belief that could make the boycott extremely effective.
Abbas said his decision was triggered by recent information he received about a pro-LGBT comment from Starbucks executive Howard Schultz, who is the coffee shop giant’s chairman after formerly being its CEO.
The comment came from a Forbes report of a 2013 confrontation between Schultz and a shareholder who said the company’s support for gay marriage was costing it customers.
Schultz said the company embraces diversity and that “not every decision is an economic decision.”
“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company,” Schultz was quoted as having said.
Starbucks license holder PT Sari Coffee Indonesia “always obeys the prevailing regulations and appreciates the cultural values in Indonesia,” said an executive at its parent company.
“We also value the religious background of our customers and employees,” said Fetty Kwartati, a director at PT MAP Boga Adiperkasa Tbk, in a text message.
Whether the call for a boycott will resonate with consumers is as yet unclear.
“Islam condemns LGBT. It’s a sin,” said Starbucks customer Annisa Meidiana, who is a Muslim.