Happy Holidays? The supposed war on Christmas heats up as conservative Christians complain Starbucks’ new holiday cups are disrespecting Jesus.
Joshua Feuerstein, the obnoxious Internet evangelist, recently released a now-viral Facebook post claiming that Starbucks has removed “Christmas from their cups because they hate Jesus.”
In the viral video accompanying the Facebook post, Feuerstein, a former pastor who calls himself a “social media personality,” said:
I think in the age of political correctness we’ve become so open minded our brains have literally fallen out of our head. Do you realize that Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups? That’s why they’re just plain red.
The video, posted November 5, has garnered over 13 million views. In the video, Feuerstein encourages Christians to shop at Starbucks and give their name as “Merry Christmas” to force Starbucks employees to say the phrase.
On Sunday the hashtag “MerryChristmasStarbucks” was trending on Facebook.
In response to the Christian outrage, Starbucks said in a statement issued Sunday that it tries “to create a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity,” adding that the cup is meant to be a “blank canvas” that encourages “customers to tell their Christmas stories in their own way.”
Jeffrey Fields, Starbuck’s vice president of design and content, explained this year’s design as a “more open way to usher in the holidays.”
in a press release Fields said:
Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays. We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it.
A Starbucks representative told E! News:
In response to the video, our core values as a company is to create a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity. Each year during the holidays we aim to bring our customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season and we will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.
Despite all the false outrage from some conservative Christians concerning the new coffee cup design, it should be noted that Starbucks continues to sell a Christmas blend coffee. It should be further noted that there have been no reports of non-Christians protesting or otherwise complaining about Starbucks promoting and selling the Christmas blend coffee.