Corporate Intolerance and Starbucks

The company that I work for is very much committed to tolerance amongst it's workforce and strives to ensure it doesn't come across as some kind of political or moral arbiter. Which I think is perhaps the most sensible route for any company to take. So I'm surprised to see that the Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is using the Starbucks company to wade into such political waters.

Why does he have to take such an aggressively intolerant stance towards a large section of his customers, and even his shareholders? If Howard Schulz wants to project Starbucks as being generally supportive of gay 'marriage' then surely he could do that without taking up arms against those who don't support such legislation?

He has crossed a line, not by using Starbucks to actively promote such an agenda but by opening up on those who don't agree with such a move. He told shareholders at the annual shareholders meeting that Starbucks wants to "embrace diversity of all kinds," he then moved on to tell a shareholder who personally supports traditional marriage that he should sell his shares and invest in some other company.
What message does that make Starbucks send to a large portion of it's customer base? It's certainly spawned a movement to boycott Starbucks, caused some to set up a Dump Starbucks website and led to a loss of revenue. A Ratners moment perhaps?

Anyways, time to whip the intolerance card out methinks.

Authored by Chris Hall

The Weather

Makes sense to me!

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Palm Sunday Video

You don't see many Palm Sunday videos like this!

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Martyred in the USSR - Militant Atheism in the former Soviet Union

Seems an interesting and worthy project, I hope it gets the funding it needs.

Martyred in the USSR is a documentary about militant atheism in the former Soviet Union. It tells the personal, emotional and horrific story of what people went through simply because they chose to cling to their faith, even at the risk of death. It did not matter what religion you practiced, if you believed in God in the USSR you were persecuted, and persecuted brutally. From 1917 to 1990 people of faith were shot, executed, thrown in the gulag and left to die because the Soviet Government hated religion. What makes this story extremely important is that the new generation in Russia knows nothing about their past and will deny that the brutality ever happened.

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Piers Morgan and Penn Jillette

It's been around a bit but this really did cheer me up!

Purloined from Fr Ray Blake's blog

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Free Kittens

Sent to me by a  friend.

A pretty little girl named Suzy was sitting on the pavement in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS.

Suddenly a line of big cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a grinning man.

"Hi there little girl, I'm the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband. What do you have in the basket?" he asked.

"Kittens," little Suzy said.

"How old are they?" asked Miliband.

Suzy replied, "They're so young, their eyes aren't even open yet."

"And what kind of kittens are they?"

"Labour supporters," answered Suzy with a smile.

Miliband was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR chief and told him about the little girl and the kittens.

Recognizing the perfect photo op, the two of them agreed that he should return the next day and in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.

So the next day, Suzy was again on the pavement with her basket of "FREE KITTENS", when Milliband's motorcade pulled up, this time followed by vans from BBC, ITV, ABC, CNN and Sky News. Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Miliband got out of his limo and walked over to little Suzy.

"Hello, again," he said, "I'd love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you're giving away."

"Yes sir," Suzy said. "They're UKIP supporters."

Taken by surprise, Ed stammered, "But...but...yesterday, you told me they were LABOUR SUPPORTERS."

Little Suzy smiled and said, "I know.

But today, they have their eyes open."

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