Muslim Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia Boycott Starbucks Over LGBT Rights, Libs Still Love Islam!

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Honest question: Why does the American left reflexively support Islam?  They routinely support, elevate, and romanticize a religion that does things like this:

Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain’s support for LGBT rights.

Malaysian group Perkasa, which supports a hard-line form of Islam and nationalism, this week called on its more than 500,000 members to stay away from Starbucks coffee shops. This week and last, leaders of Indonesia’s second largest mainstream Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, with an estimated 29 million members, denounced the chain.

It would seem that American liberals would frown upon a religion that does things like this, since they also support, elevate, and romanticize the LGBTQ community (apparently almost) as much.  I guess logical consistency is not a big priority for lefties.

A Starbucks spokesperson responded to the boycott, “Though we are founded in the United States, we are a global company with over 300,000 partners and 26,000 stores in 75 markets around the world. In all countries where we do business, we are proud to be a part of the fabric of the local community, and we strive to be respectful of local customs and traditions while staying true to Starbucks long-standing values and purpose.”

 

Image Credit: Okinawa Soba (Rob) on Flickr

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  • gusbovona

    As a liberal, I like those on the left (Jerry Coyne, Sam Harris, etc.) who have no problem criticizing Islam. But I think a lot of the left is letting appropriate support for minority rights intrude improperly into other areas (like freedom of speech on campuses, for instance).

  • Joe Monte

    Okay, what ‘Lefty’ is applauding this move by Saudi Arabia’s Religious Right?