A conservative women’s group in the US has published a scathing article about coffee chain Starbucks, and the company’s support for equal marriage, suggesting that it discriminates against straight people by doing so.
The blog post by Concerned Women for America, written by its media strategist Chelsen Vicari, claims that the CEO of the coffee giant had become “extreme and intolerant”, and claimed that he was actively refusing the custom of “pro-marriage supporters”.
Vicari refers to news from last week that the CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz, had defended the company’s decision to back equal marriage, in the face of criticism at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Seattle.
Schultz went on to say that if shareholders were unhappy with their 38% return from last year, they could sell their shares and buy elsewhere. On backing equal marriage he said: “Not every decision is an economic decision.”
Vicari suggests that Starbucks should have “heeded her warning” from an article written a year ago, and questions whether the company will refuse to hire straight people, reports Right Wing Watch.
She concludes by saying that she will buy her coffee elsewhere.
A statement from the Seattle-based hot drink titan says it was “proud” to join other Washington-based employers like Microsoft and Nike as support for equal marriage brews in the state.
The full post from Chelsen Vicari is available to read below.
Goodbye pumpkin spice latte. Forever.
Last year during this exact week, I wrote a blog titled, ‘Starbucks Disrespects Values Voters,’ calling out Starbucks’ CEO, Howard Schultz, for supporting a liberal political agenda that totally disregards the traditional values of many customers and staff members.
Another year gone by and Schultz has become even more extreme and intolerant. At Starbucks’ annual shareholders meeting, Schultz sent a clear message that he does not want the business of anyone who believes that marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman, pointedly telling one such shareholder, ‘You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company.’ This outburst reportedly came right after Schultz stated he wanted to ‘embrace diversity of all kinds.’
He doesn’t want our business. Schultz statement isn’t tolerant. It is prejudicial and bigoted. So where are the newspaper headlines reading, ‘Starbucks CEO Refuses Pro-Marriage Supporters Service,’ which is exactly the message his statement conveys?
What’s next, Starbucks? Two separate drinking fountains for liberals and conservatives or ‘now hiring’ signs reading, ‘Heterosexuals Need Not Apply’?
Considering that there are twice as many conservatives as there are liberals, Schultz should have heeded my warning a year ago. In fact, during this year’s meeting, conservative shareholder Tom Strobhar admitted that after the company voiced its support for same-sex “marriage” in Washington state, the company saw a drop in profits.
So in the end, Schultz is only tolerant of approximately 2 percent of America’s 300 million citizens who live homosexual lifestyles. I do not hold an MBA, but I do remember that 4th grade arithmetic teaches us that the profits made from 2 percent are less than the profits from 98 percent.
I’ve already dumped Starbucks. I prefer Dunkin’ Donuts, anyway.