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Bob Knight: Starbucks promotes the homo agenda

The statement on this cup is the root of all evil, according to Concerned Women for America, in an article up on Baptist Press. They’re starting an anti-Starbucks campaign. I don’t have any warm feelings to the chain myself, since it puts independent coffee shops out of business, but I’ll give them props for not backing down to the wingnut crowd.

After nearly a decade of lying low, Starbucks has reentered the homosexual rights movement in a few ways that have put at least one conservative watchdog group on alert. The world’s most famous coffee shop chain has begun a program called “The Way I See It,” which is a collection of thoughts, opinions and expressions provided by notable figures that now appear on Starbucks coffee cups, according to the chain’s website.

But one particular quote — #43 — blatantly pushes the homosexual agenda. It’s by Armistead Maupin, who wrote “Tales of the City,” a bestseller-turned-PBS drama advocating the homosexual lifestyle, and it reads: “My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don’t make that mistake yourself. Life’s too [expletive] short.”

Robert Knight, director of the organization’s Culture & Family Institute, noted that Starbucks is not alone in pushing the homosexual agenda.

There are active homosexual groups in most major corporations now and they do a shake down, where they say, ‘If you don’t promote our events, you’re exhibiting bigotry and hatred, and we’re going to let everybody know that and you’ll feel bad about yourself and maybe it will hurt your sales.’ I don’t think it has ever hurt a company’s sales. I think they just cave in all too easily,” Knight said Aug. 8. WTF is he talking about? This man is another one of the AmTaliban obsessed with homos (see: “Homos are taking over DC’s power center” and “ACLU’s part of the homo agenda” for a taste.)

“But Starbucks was promoting homosexuality about 10 years ago … and a lot of conservative groups got together and said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ and I remember getting a letter back from them about 10 years ago saying, ‘Well, you know, we were doing it, but it was an oversight and we’re not doing it anymore,’” he added. “And I noticed that over the years Starbucks was not among the corporate logos at the bottom of these ads sponsoring gay pride events — until recently. They’ve started to creep back in.”

Knight suggested a strategy for Christians — letting Starbucks know they are not happy with the company’s promotion of the homosexual agenda.

It’s not enough not to go to Starbucks anymore,” he said. “You really need to visit your neighborhood Starbucks and ask to see the manager and just say, ‘You know, I’ve gone here a lot and I would love to go here but I have to tell you your company’s promotion of something that is against my values prevents me from having coffee here anymore, and I’ve found alternatives … You make a great product, but you deserve to know why people aren’t buying your product anymore.’

The Starbucks web feedback form is here.

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