Christian “Celebrity” Accuses Starbucks Of Waging A War On Christmas

starbucks-2015-red-cupsEvery single holiday season, we are subject to the same tired old stories about the “War on Christmas” from the conservative media and the religious right. If you were to believe the annual narrative, liberals and atheists are in a Grinch-like, devious plot to take Christ out of Christmas.


This year is no different, and the usual howls have begun early. The 2015 supposed persecution of Christians involves Starbucks this time, and their red paper coffee cups. If that sounds ridiculous to you, it is – and the reason shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.

A “Christian” social media celebrity by the name of Joshua Feuerstein wants you to believe that Starbucks is discriminating against Christians, by simply switching to a plain red cup for the holiday season. He even went so far as to film a video where he implores people to use a hashtag to show Starbucks that his followers are Christian. Just to ice the cake of stupidity, he even brings a gun into Starbucks, in case the gun fanatics feel left out.

Via Salon:

Feuerstein wants “all great Americans and Christians” to do the same and “take your own coffee selfie” — Jesus, take the wheel — and post with the hashtag #merrychristmasstarbucks, and while the terms “great Americans” and even “Christians” are up for debate here, there are people who are taking him up on this asinine prank. This is why Hobby Lobby should just open a coffee shop and a pharmacy inside every store so the people who follow this guy won’t ever have to be offended by the secular world they live in ever again.

And then (I am not making this up) he pulls out a gun. America! “Starbucks, guess what — just to offend you, I made sure to wear my Jesus Christ shirt into your store AND since you hate the Second Amendment, I even carried my gun.” (Source)

Between pseudo-Christian gun fanatics targeting Starbucks over their choice of cups and Vani Hari (aka Food Babe) using her legion of followers to convince them to mess up their pumpkin spice latte recipe, I kind of feel sorry for Starbucks.

Whether it is Joshua Feuerstein or Vani Hari, the scam is the same: accuse a company of something nefarious, and then rally your supporters behind your social media campaign.


Starbucks is a major corporation that sells coffee – that’s what they’ve been doing for the last couple of decades. They’re not there to involve themselves in social issues like guns or religious views, they’re just trying to make money selling high-priced coffee drinks.

The scam from Joshua Feuerstein is to claim that Starbucks is part of the “War on Christmas,” just like Fox News does every year when they raise the alarms that atheists and liberals hate the holiday that Christians appropriated from pagans.

In a way, you can’t blame Joshua Feuerstein. If you’re a social media celebrity, what better way to draw more followers to your page than to portray yourself as a warrior against an evil, liberal corporation that has joined the dark forces against the persecution of white heterosexual Christians? Adding the gun bit is just icing on the cake, and he knows that.

Here’s the deal: if you’re a Christian, Starbucks changing their holiday coffee cup graphics to plain red instead of generic winter prints like snowflakes should be the least of your concerns. I’m an atheist, but I have a lot respect for Christians who use the season to do good for their fellow man instead of crowding the big box stores on Black Friday to buy discounted electronics that will be discarded or obsolete by the next Christmas.

This is just another instance where the religious right and the conservative media wants you to believe that there is a “War on Christmas” so that they can profit from your misplaced outrage. It’s just as simple as that.



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  • Cemetery Girl

    Previous “Christmas” designs have included things like snow flakes and snowmen. Snowmen are Christian now?? Sorry warm climates, God must hate you because you don’t get snow. (Lol, and those of us that live up north think God must hate us when we’re shoveling it!) Ridiculous.
    People that want to make something out of nothing can be upset at Starbucks. I’m glad to see they have a location with a drive thru for the deaf and hard of hearing!! Awesome! I hope they expand that!

    • angie497

      I’ve asked several times now what, exactly, is the Christian religious significance of snowflakes, snow men, ice skates, and fake evergreens covered with cheap plastic shit from China, but the religious scholars I’ve been talking to have not yet enlightened me. I really wish they would – inquiring minds wants to know.

      • noah vail

        put me on the list of “wants to know”…i’d love to hear what kind of bullshit they come up with…

      • Cemetery Girl

        I like Christmas, it’s fun, but people don’t like to admit that our Christmas traditions are shaped by the influence of entertainment and have meaning because we place meaning. It was the 1800s before the US began celebrating Christmas in a way that would be familiar to us. Christmas was banned in some communities because it was a drunken party before entertainment (books and poems) introduced a new way to celebrate.

  • GenerallyConfused

    If your faith in your particular brand of Christianity relies on a corporate choice on the holiday season, you have bigger problems than just a red coffee cup.

  • wendy

    So jealous that some people live problem free, having the energy to get upset about some snowflakes on a coffee cup. And i wish the problem free people a very merry christmas 🙂

    • robingee

      Imagine having nothing else to worry about and all that free time!

  • MjrMissConduct

    I’m offended you called this guy a celebrity. I have no idea who he is.

    • noah vail

      exactly…a no name with a blog is a celebrity? give me strength! …as for him being a “christian” hahahahaha

  • Pipercat

    Red on a cup is obviously… COMMUNIST!

  • Syd Harper

    Joshua Feuerstein sounds at least 75% jewish, he should be complaining about Hannukah

  • Renee Flaig-Leighton

    You do know that Starbuck’s are connected with Target,right? Nearly every Target has a Starbuck’s in it. So, perhaps they were trying to say thank you to Target, their corperate colors are Red and white. This whole “controversy” is laughable.

  • robingee

    They’re really anti-winter, since the past designs were snowflakes anyway. War on Solstice!

  • Dot

    This man is not a Christian, whoever he is. He worships symbols and Jesus’ death and completely ignores Jesus’ teachings. Too many faux Christians like him running around giving Christians a bad name.

  • QB59

    “You can’t fix stupid” applies to this asshat. No one gives a damn what color Starbucks uses to hold their overpriced coffee.

  • Progressive Republican

    Nobody worth a damn gives a damn about this.

    Ya gotta admit that it was pretty sporting of him to let us all know just how big (desperate?) an idiot he is.

  • Jillz

    I find the whole thing ridiculously stupid except the part about where Mr. Wingnut decided to carry his gun into a Starbucks store, against Starbucks policy. To me, that’s crossing the line and I hope if he or any of his wingnut cohorts goes into a Starbucks carrying a gun that they are asked to leave, and if they refuse that Starbucks presses charges for trespassing and/or intimidation.