Starbucks Saga: Christ or Coffee?

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An ex-gay preacher urged Christians to boycott Starbucks after the coffee giant’s CEO Howard Schultz publicly supported marriage equality. Robert Breaud asked Christians the question: “Who do you love more, Christ or your coffee?”

“God will not bless your business in the long run if you consistently thumb your nose at Him and support things He calls sinful,” Breaud said in an interview with Christian News Network.

Breaud also added that Starbucks was “destroying young people’s lives.” The preacher claimed he was “cured” of his homosexuality, and that he would tell Schultz that God would be judging the company for supporting marriage equality and LGBT rights.

“It’s an unGodly, Christ-hating position,” said Breaud. “If you want God to bless your business, run it in accordance with His law … with His revealed will in Scripture. You’re promoting sin. You’re helping to destroy young people’s lives.”

Starbucks joined Amazon.com in funding marriage equality lobbying in the state of Washington, where both corporate giants have their headquarters.

The company also joined other media corporations like Nike, Facebook and Microsoft in filing a brief stating their support of banning DOMA.

Schultz defended Starbucks’ decision to support marriage equality after its shareholders criticized the 2012 annual report.

“Not every decision is an economic decision,” Schultz told the shareholders at the annual meeting.

“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company.”

The National Organization of Marriage boycotted the company for its stance on marriage equality with “Dump Starbucks” while Concerned Women for America criticized Starbucks for discriminating against straight people.

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