While Conservative Christians Cry About Cups, Starbucks Extends Amazing Benefit to Veterans

starbucks-schultzIn what’s become as big of a tradition as Christmas itself, the annual mythological “war on Christmas” is apparently in full-swing among conservatives. I’m sure everyone knows what that means. A few conservatives find a couple of examples where businesses did something that’s not quite “Christmas enough” and the whole conservative world freaks out. It’s as comical as it is ridiculous.

Well, the first big story of this mythological event (for the year) occurred when a ridiculous moron who considers himself some sort of super Christian posted a video slamming the anti-Jesus Starbucks for having solid red cups for Christmas instead of anything more Jesus-y like snowflakes.

You know, because when you’re a supposed super Christian, wasting time caring about this bullshit really matters more than, you know, focusing on helping provide for the needy or impoverished children.

Needless to say, the Internet went nuts and every social media account I checked was filled with red cup nonsense.

Here’s what I think about the whole situation: If you’re so insecure about your beliefs as a Christian, or your faith in general, that the design of a disposable coffee cup upsets you – you really need to reassess your priorities. And if it does bother you that much, then don’t drink Starbucks. You’ll only be boycotting a company that just announced it will now extend a completely tuition-free four-year college benefit to the spouse or child of every veteran or active military reservist employed 20 or more hours a week.

Yes, Starbucks just did that. 

Please, tell me again how you’re going to boycott the company over the design of a disposable cup. We all really care. 

This is what I mean when I say most conservatives aren’t Christians. While these clowns obsess over the design of a cup, they’re now bashing a company that just gave a remarkable benefit to every single veteran or active member of our military.

Tell me, who’s more Christ-like:

  • The company that just extended a benefit that offers a free four-year college education to the spouses and children of veterans and active military personnel. – or – 
  • The people throwing a hissy fit, calling for a boycott of that company because a disposable cup is… red.

Not only that, but Starbucks is already half way to its goal of hiring 10,000 veterans or their spouses by 2018.

But… but there’s still that damn red cup! Screw Starbucks! 

This is the nonsense that makes it impossible for me to take conservative seriously. I’m a Christian and I have security in my faith. The beliefs or actions of others (especially a color decision on a disposable cup) do not threaten what I believe. I don’t need a Christmas tree on a cup, a nativity scene at City Hall or an employee of a store to tell me “Merry Christmas!” to enjoy the spirit of Christmas and what it means to me. Not to sound rude, but I’m not concerned with what Christmas means to anyone else because it’s not my business. The way someone else celebrates (or doesn’t celebrate) Christmas has absolutely no impact on my faith, my beliefs or how I enjoy the holidays.

As for Starbucks, kudos to them for consistently treating our veterans, active members of our military and their families with the respect they deserve. While I know the company isn’t flawless, it does set an example more businesses should follow.

So, this holiday season I will be partaking in more Starbucks than usual. Not to “show it to conservatives” (I honestly don’t care what they think about the stupid cup), but because I want to support a company that’s pledged to give our veterans the respect they deserve.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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