The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Starbucks and Chick-fil-a

Way back in 2012, the fast food chain, Chick-fil-a, took a position that was aggressively anti-same sex marriage. Wikipedia provides a brief summary:
The Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage controversy was a controversial topic focused around the American fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A following a series of public comments made in June 2012 by chief operating officer Dan T. Cathy opposing same-sex marriage.

This followed reports that Chick-fil-A's charitable endeavor, the S. Truett Cathy-operated WinShape Foundation, had donated millions of dollars to political organizations seen by LGBT activists as hostile to LGBT rights.
The main stream media spent weeks reporting the story and correctly criticized Chic-fil-a for its positions. Progressives and the main stream media rightly condemned the restaurant chain and called for boycotts. Chick-fil-a's position was viewed by many as a form of bigotry that used religion as a justification.

This morning, the Associated Press reports:
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.

The groups were apparently reacting to comments made several years ago by former CEO Howard Schultz in support of gay rights that drew renewed attention amid an increasingly anti-LGBT climate in both of the predominantly Muslim countries ...

Perkasa said in a statement that the Malaysian government should revoke the trading license given to Starbucks and other companies such as Microsoft and Apple that support LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.

Amini Amir Abdullah, who heads Perkasa's Islamic affairs bureau, said Muslims should stay away from Starbucks because its pro-gay rights policy is against Islam and Malaysia's constitution.
Here, again, we have a situation in which bigotry uses religion as a justification. But in this case, a pseudo-protected class is advocating the bigotry. The question is this: Will progressives and their trained hamsters in the mainstream media spend as much time criticizing the Muslim proponents of this bigotry as they spent criticizing Chick-fil-a. One would hope they would, but so far, the usual suspects such as CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NYT, LAT, WaPo, MSNBC have been relatively quiet on this matter—no panel discussions, no talking heads, no interviews with U.S.-based Muslim leaders to ask whether they condemn the actions in Indonesia, no questions directed at ex-President Barack Obama, who lived in Indonesia as a youth, about how he views the actions of these Muslim groups. Why is that?