Hurrah for Starbucks

I happened to see this article and can’t resist a quick comment. It’s not just that some whackaloo religinut is condemning Starbucks for its entirely moral and courageous stand supporting same-sex rights. Yes, that’s bad enough but fairly routine. But this well-known homophobe had to do the usual exaggeration and declare the end of the world (not the one he dreams of, the imaginary rapture).

As a result of the franchise and Schultz’ statements, “there’s no way a Christian can help support what is attacking God,” Barton continued. “I’m sorry, you’ve got to find some other coffee to drink. You can’t drink Starbucks and be Biblically correct on this thing. It’s just a real simple principle.”

Principle, what principle? What some ancient book of myths declares, along with about a zillion other offenses for which we should be stoning almost everyone to death.

Fine, he wants to try to organize a boycott of Starbucks – I’ll get out my gold card and drop a few more bucks in their till.

You go, Starbucks – don’t let the bigots get to you.

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old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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2 Responses to Hurrah for Starbucks

  1. Nona says:

    Soooo… where in the bible does it discuss Starbucks?

    • dmill96 says:

      Like most things that happen in the modern world that a 2000 year old book can’t predict this religious “authorities” feel free to “interpret” and apply (and distort) some obscure passage that in their exalted opinion actually indicate what to do. It is amazing to me, when I read apologetics, how much they can twist words well beyond any possible meaning they “literally” have to justify what a modern “authority” wants them to say.

      Much of the fighting between fundamentalists and the modern world is not biblical, but just the words/ideas of some relatively contemporary human being. While I might, if there were any evidence, decide god can dictate life today, I don’t grant that same possibility to politically-motivated authorities. Papal infallibility is certainly not biblical (even the position of pope, or for that matter, even the idea that jesus was trying to start a new religion (vs reform Judaism) is not biblical). So life begins at conception – where did that come from?

      The folks 2000 years ago certainly didn’t have the biological knowledge about reproduction to even really know what “conception” meant (sure, without microscopes they could see the fusion of sperm and egg). Now, again, an omnipotent being would certainly know how biology works, but somehow that omnipotent being didn’t do a very good job of explaining this to the mortal beings who actually scribbled down some of that omnipotent being’s thoughts. So, simply, the bible is either in error or actually just says nothing.

      So who then came up with life begins at conception? Not the bible. No, it was much more recent than that. And why the hostility toward birth control? You don’t find that in church dogma until science actually had the practical means of birth control (again, an omnipotent being could have predicted that 2000 years ago and told Moses, when scientists in Palo Alto, California invent the pill, it’s evil – but I think that passage, even a mention of Palo Alto is missing).

      In fact, all this stuff we’re fighting over is missing. It’s culture and politics, not even religious dogma. And it is the word of a particular group of mortal (and fallible) men (and, in fact, men as women seem to get no say in such matters). Again, I might believe the bible (if it weren’t so silly about so many things) but I’m not going to believe the clergy who have lots of agendas (not just “god’s work”).

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