Every year, millions of coffee drinkers look forward to seeing Starbucks’ “Christmas cups,” which they debut around this time of year.
To mark the Christmas season, Starbucks changes their coffee cups from white to red along with some kind of Christmas theme. This year, however, Starbucks submitted to “offended” Muslims by removing any references to Christmas from their red cups. Instead, the cups this year will be “holiday cups,” and they will be just plain red.
“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays. We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s [a] more open way to usher in the holiday,” Starbucks said in a statement, according to Breitbart.
Christians everywhere are outraged by this move, saying Starbucks is submitting to political correctness.
“The Starbucks coffee cup change smells more of political correctness than a consumer-led change,” said Tory MP David Burrowes. “The public has a common sense grasp on the reality that at Christmas time, whether you have a Christian faith or not, Britain celebrates Christmas.”
Christian groups have accused the coffee chain of being “Scrooges” and of trying to hide the true religious message behind Christmas.
“What is it about Christmas that Starbucks are afraid of celebrating? Haven’t they heard it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the season of good will to ALL men? They should get involved and stop being scrooges,” said Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute.
“This is a denial of historical reality and the great Christian heritage behind the American Dream that has so benefitted Starbucks,” Andrea Williams of Christian Concern added. “This also denies the hope of Jesus Christ and His story told so powerfully at this time of year.”
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