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Morning Caffeinated Nonsense Part 2

I’ve blogged before about my annoyance with the inspiring messages on cups at Starbucks. Well apparently I’m not the only one. Back in 2005 the Concerned Women for America (sounds like a group you wanna party with don’t it?) staged a minor campaign against Starbucks for their liberal agenda, specifically for promoting the “homosexual agenda”.

The group believes corporations have a responsibility to reflect the diversity of their customers by taking a balanced approach — or staying out of divisive social issues altogether.

And while the group is not calling for a boycott, its position nonetheless raises questions about what role — if any — corporations should take on potentially sensitive matters, especially at a time when the nation is divided, largely along religious lines, on issues such as gay rights.

Look, Starbucks is a private company. They can say what they want, no matter how right or wrong, inspiring or aggravating. They are doing this whole campaign so they can be seen as slightly more maverick to their core consumers, urbanites and left leaning people across America. What’s odd is that the CWFA cites the Boy Scouts as an organization that Starbucks could contribute to in order to appeal to conservatives and “people of faith”. Ironically, the argument that kept gay scoutmasters out of that organization was that it was a private organization. I agree with the ruling, if I lament the organization’s discrimination of gays.

Also ironic is the apparent willingness of the CWFA’s numerous appearances on Fox News. The cable channel is obviously one of the clearest examples of the bias of a private company. But, like everyone I rail against, left or right, it only bothers them when the other side gets a break.

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Morning Caffeinated Idealistic Nonsense

"We will end poverty and stop HIV/AIDS within our generation when guided by African principles such as 'ubuntu' that underscore our interconnectedness. With greater compassion for others, we would no longer accept hunger and disease as facts of life."
– Cedza Dlamini

Wonderfully indicative of the Starbucks, liberal, yuppie philosophy: we can solve the world's problems with vague, feel-good ideas rather than concrete solutions. Of course the purpose is not to provide solutions, but rather to stimulate generic sensations of altruism in the consumer. As long as the plan for Africa remains charity over investment, sympathy over confidence, philosophy over solutions, Africa will never join the modern world and take care of those problems.

Ps I'm blogging on my phone during rehearsal, sweet!

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