08/13/2005: Looks like I have to start going to Starbucks more....
since we learn that, according to Doug Ireland, a religious right group (headed by Beverly LaHaye, wife of fundamentalist preacher and hack writer Tim LaHaye (co-author of the Left Behind series)) has targeted Starbucks for a boycott, on the grounds that they are "promoting homosexual values" and "funding homosexual activism".
Starbuck's sin? They've been using a series of paper cups lately which contain "The Way I See It", which is a series of quotes by noteworthy figures in arts and letters. One of them is a quote by openly gay American novelist Armistead Maupin:
My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short.Yep. That seditious quote--and giving some money to San Diego's Gay Pride celebrations.
So, even though they don't have wi-fi access (not at any of the stores in Memphis, that I know of) and I prefer Cafe Francisco's coffee and ambience, I'll have to show Starbucks some love (and spend some money there), and urge you to do the same.
Len on 08.13.05 @ 03:18 PM CST