Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Finally, Our Voice is Heard!!!

After living under the oppressive liberal media that controls this country and the corporations in it, evangelical Christians finally have a platform to voice our opinion (note the obvious sarcasm).

My main man, Rick Warren, is branching out in an all new way. Starbucks is printing 63 quotes from writers, scientists, musicians, athletes, politicians and cultural critics. There are all sorts of quotes on all sorts of subjects, but the one that's been getting the most attention is the quote from writer Armistead Maupin saying that "life is too **** short" to hide being gay. This of course created the virtually poop storm within Christian institutions everywhere. "What should we do, we love this darn coffee but we hate all things gay." Some Christians began to protest, others acted all mad about it while they stood in line to get a vent caramel machiato, while Baylor University just asked Starbucks to remove all those cups from their campus.

But now what will Christians do. How should they respond. Let me explain. Rick Warren is getting his own quote on the back of a Starbucks cup. You can read all about it in this USA Today article. Apparently what motivated Warren wasn't the quote from the gay guy, but actually a quote about evolution from paleontologist Louise Leakey. Warren said that he was reading his cup and noticed that Starbucks was taking submissions from customers (which means my man Rick doesn't believe in protesting over some stupid quote), and he decided to make a submission. Amazingly enough Starbucks decided to put it on the cup. Here's what Warren's quote will say...

"You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your real purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance and our destiny."
- The Rev. Rick Warren for Starbucks

Now there's part of me that thinks Starbucks is just doing this to try and win over the most influential segment of America (didn't we decide the last election), but there's another part of me that thinks Starbucks is just looking for interesting things to put on the back of their cups and really isn't pushing any agenda.

Whatever the case, I think it's interesting to me that there is not one mention of Jesus on the cup. I wonder if the cup appears just as Warren wrote it or if Jesus was edited off the cup.

Funniest part. I bet over 50% of the people who go to Starbucks haven't read one of those quotes because of the little cardboard sleeves that keep me from permenatly scaring my hands.


At 10/21/2005 7:49 AM, Blogger Jake Sikora said...

rick warren is gay?

For my money he never said anything about jesus. this is one of my lurking criticism of this great man, it is a theo thought base, not necessarily jesus.

At 10/21/2005 11:28 AM, Blogger Dusty said...

I think what made his writing so easy to knock, was that it really came across as a slightly improved look at The Prayer of Jabez...Self-Help Christian stuff...

Oh, well, now we know...I feel like we are on the inner circle of Rick Warren...Like all the conservatives that wink at the camara when they talk about how "qualified" Miers is...


At 10/22/2005 7:31 PM, Blogger Ryan L. Hansen said...

Conan O'Brien added another submission to Starbuck's religious cup sayings (and this time it does mention Jesus' name):

"Jesus! This coffee is expensive!"

At 10/25/2005 5:44 AM, Blogger Josh M. said...

I'm not really following this story closely but I think that corporations do everything for the share holders. What I mean is that this is a company and companies want to make money they don't care about religion, philosophy, etc.
They might do things that look good but really, come on, its an image a brand no better than Nike or Mcdonalds they don't care about what you believe they want you to consume as much as possible. They're trying to play all the angles so they can get the most people from all walks of life to buy their cups of shit. And why wouldn't you when its hard work especially in a city to find a corner that doesn't have a Starbucks on it.


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