Pagan Coffee Giant Starbucks Causing Wave of Outrage Among Xmas Celebrators With Plain Coffee Cup

Starbucks-compressedThe dominant coffee giant Starbucks, which uses cups embossed with the image of a pagan Norse seductive siren, is generating outrage over its choice of a plain red holiday cup this year as some—including Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has announced that he will be ending Starbucks’ Trump Tower lease over the matter—are claiming that the lack of decor serves as an attack on their religious beliefs and an offensive opposition to Xmas.

A video by Joshua Feuerstein, who formerly identified as a pastor and is now an event speaker, recently went viral as Feuerstein complained about the plainness of Starbucks’ holiday cups. Cups in years past included images of snowflakes or ornaments.

“Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus,” he wrote in his accompanying status, “so I pranked them.”

In the video, Feuerstein explains that when he was asked for his name so that it could be written on the cup, he replied, “Merry Christmas.” He urged his 1.8 million followers to do the same to “trick” the company into recognizing the holiday.

Others chimed in with their support of the idea, and as of press time, the post has generated almost 500,000 shares.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also made comments about the matter Monday night, stating that he would no longer lease his Manhattan tower to the coffee company over the issue.

“No more ‘Merry Christmas’ at Starbucks. No more,” he stated during a campaign rally in Illinois. “Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t care. By the way: That’s the end of that lease. … If I become president, we’re all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you. Unbelievable.”

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Starbucks has now released a statement surrounding the controversy, outlining that the company isn’t avoiding the holiday, but decided to keep their cups simplistic this year.

“Creating a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity is one of the core values of Starbucks, and each year during the holidays the company aims to bring customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season,” the company wrote. “Starbucks will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.”

“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” added Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of design and content. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s more open way to usher in the holiday.”

However, some find it futile to seek to force Starbucks to honor Christ—being a secular company whose logo, according to mythical legend, features a pagan mermaid whose seductive sounds attract sailors to their death. Starbucks, whose CEO Howard Schultz said in 2013 that those opposed to the company’s support of homosexuality are free to sell their shares if they are unhappy with how boycotts effect their stock, also generated controversy last year when it released a homosexual-themed commercial featuring male crossdressers.

Some likewise find the outrage over the lack of the decor on the cups to be foolish, or note that the holiday has pagan roots anyway, which motivates some Christians to decline participation in the celebration.

“Freaking out about plain red cups does nothing to bring people to Jesus,” writes Brady Cone of the West Institute. “Not only is [having the barista write ‘Merry Christmas’ for your name] obviously lying, and so childish, but does nothing to lead the barista closer to Christ. If anything, it hardens them to the gospel because they see how foolish Christians are.”

“We have way larger problems to worry about in the world: world hunger, terrorism, genocide, human trafficking, millions of people who don’t know the name Jesus. Lets focus our time, energy, and anger on something that matters,” he continues. “[L]et’s focus on what God has called us to do: make disciples.”


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  • gizmo23

    And people wonder why Christians are looked upoun as silly and shallow ?
    Some guy posts a video and the faithful go nuts over it.?

    • Jim Deferio

      Check out the demonstration of libtards at Yale Univ. over Halloween costumes before you indict Christians for being silly and shallow!!!

      • gizmo23

        So what you saying is that Christians can show off bad behavior because other people do?

        • Jim Deferio

          What in the world are you talking about? Are you all there?

          • gizmo23

            I don’t know. You were the one comparing bad behaviors

          • Jim Deferio

            I’m an open air evangelist who has been to many college campuses and preached at many events. I have rebuked other preachers to their face for behaving badly and for purposely insulting people. I always endeavor to judge with righteous judgment (see John 7:25 and Luke 12:57).

            However, Christians complaining about a cup is NOT bad behavior. Through the years Starbucks has gone out of their way to offend Christians and THAT is bad behavior (as well as the Yale Univ. students screaming at people who disagree with them about Halloween costumes – lol, how stupid).

  • gizmo23

    Could Trump be more pandering?

  • Jean Adams

    If Starbucks had put a nativity scene, and merry Christmas on the cup, the anti-Christians would take them to court, like they always seem to do in America.

    • bowie1

      I don’t think they would have a case being a private company.

    • Cady555

      Nope. It is only government that must remain neutral on religion.

    • gizmo23

      Where has a private company been sued over this?
      Why all the false victimhood?

  • bowie1

    Even if someone wishes me a happy holiday I know what that time of the year is all about.

  • April J

    The cups never said Merry Christmas in the first place. Get over it.

  • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

    Why do Christians care what Starbucks does? Don’t we have more pressing concerns? Does anyone think we are helping spread the Gospel by boycotting a coffee company?

  • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ DavidHart-slowlyboiledfrog.com

    Trump is going to not renew a lease because he doesn’t like how the tenant packages their coffee? Sure. Also people are going to say “merry Christmas” if he is president. Exactly how would he go about doing that? Starbucks isn’t a government agency.

    By the way it has been awhile but I don’t think that Trump owns the leasehold at Trump Tower. The Starbucks lease isn’t his to renew in the first place. What a jerk.

  • Emmanuel

    To be honest, Starbucks makes average tasting coffee. They don’t provide good quality coffee. The best coffee places are your local coffee huts or holes in the wall places. Support your local business and not this Walmart-corporate mess.

  • Rebecca

    No problem with the red cup. As for the saying Merry Christmas, there is nothing wrong with that. It has been used for more decades than any of us have been alive. If ya wanna say it, you should be able to, if ya don’t want to, then don’t say it.

  • BuzzieB

    Red is still a Christmas color.

    • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

      The shepherds were in the fields watching RED SHEEP. Yep. Red. And the angels? They were RED ANGELS. I read it on the internet.

  • jael2

    I would encourage every professing Christian to do a little research on the origins of Christ’s Mass, and then try to defend it as a Christian holiday.

  • BalancedMind

    Christmas, a pagan ritual introduced by the romans, just like the Sunday celebration is a worship to the sun….

  • Nidalap

    Well, to be fair, it IS a bad economy out there right now. They may have just been trying to save some money on the decoration. This is trivial guys, come on now…

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      I think I have been there once. I liked the hot chocolate, but too pricey. Who are they again?!? 🙂

  • acontraryview

    ““Starbucks removed Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus,””

    A company can’t hate, or like, anything. People hate or like things.

    Pagan: “a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.”

    A company can’t be pagan.

    “features a pagan mermaid whose seductive sounds attract sailors to their death.”

    Since a mermaid is not a religious figure, it cannot be “pagan”.

    “Some likewise find the outrage over the lack of the decor on the cups to be foolish, or note that the holiday has pagan roots anyway, which motivates some Christians to decline participation in the celebration.”

    I agree with the former, and the latter is definitely true.

    ““Not only is [having the barista write ‘Merry Christmas’ for your name] obviously lying, and so childish, but does nothing to lead the barista closer to Christ. If anything, it hardens them to the gospel because they see how foolish Christians are.”

    “We have way larger problems to worry about in the world: world hunger, terrorism, genocide, human trafficking, millions of people who don’t know the name Jesus. Lets focus our time, energy, and anger on something that matters,””

    Agreed.

    • Lisa

      Why worry about the other things? Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Should be praying not worrying.

  • Logan Ashli Greene

    This is ridiculous. “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s”. Starbucks isn’t a Christian organization, so why are people adamant that they present as one during the Christmas holidays? If anyone thinks that the lack of snowflakes and holly take ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, then they need to worry more about getting Christ in THEMSELVES. Instead of yelling about a secular coffee chain (I love their coffee. I will continue to drink it, because I don’t expect a world that Jesus said would hate us to cater to me) people need to go out and clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and provide for the widow. THAT IS what Christ wants, not Frosty on a coffee cup.

    • gizmo23

      Well said

  • Teresa Geib Bacon

    Why should you care they are Pagan and have a Red Cup. Christmas itself is a Pagan Holiday as are all others. Look it up. Having said that, i seperate the lights , trees and cheer from the Birth because for one we dont know when that was, not Dec 25 th we do know.

  • BarkingDawg

    Americans are funny. We are about to celebrate a holiday in honor of a bunch of extremist, blue nosed, intolerant theocrats who outlawed the celebration of Christmas.

    How do we celebrate it? By watching football, eating too much and bY buying boatloads of cheap merchandise made by non-Christian, Chinese workers.

    Then we complain about the red cups at Starbucks.

  • FoJC_Forever

    No offense to the news writer, but this is not news worthy in the slightest.

  • peanut butter

    Read past the headline, but the second time I saw the fact that you X’ed the Savior’s name out, I stopped reading. This is supposed to be a CHRISTian site, so go to the trouble next time to type in a few extra letters to keep from doing like the atheists and all others that hate the name of CHRIST and X it out when writing Christmas or Christian.

    • gizmo23

      X is the Greek symbol for Christ

      • peanut butter

        Well X in America is X-ing out something. We are not in Greece.

        • gizmo23

          We aren’t in France but we eat French fries. X is not offensive

          • peanut butter

            Comparing French Fries to Christ is quite offensive. No more response to you. I don’t want to get struck by a lightning bolt with your name on it.

          • gizmo23

            You are to weird anyway. Have a good life

  • Ax2root

    I love the idea of saying ” PRAISE JESUS THE CHRIST ” or PRAISE Jesus The Son of God …..When the barista asks for your name for the cup.

    • tyler

      That’s cute. I always say my name is antichrist, lucifer, or satan

  • http://www.christ421stcentury.com/ PhilDave

    Simple business. Make it easy for your customers to buy from you. In a nominal Christian country, it only makes sense to appeal to your largest market share. Christians.

    • tyler

      Their business plan is working just fine without any mention of Christmas – nobody cares about a cup whether it says Christmas or not.

      Personally I’d rather the cup say ‘hail satan’.

  • Joe

    The god Starbucks worships is Dagon. The half man half fish god spoken of in 1 Samuel. Why would they respect or honor the God of the bible. the following is how God dealt with Dagon.

    1Samuel 5:1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from
    Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

    1Samuel 5:2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into
    the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

    1Samuel 5:3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold,
    Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of
    the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

    1Samuel 5:4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon
    was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the
    LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands
    were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was
    left to him.