I recently had the privilege of having one of my posts read on the radio where I won the sarcasm competition of the day (an award I did not know existed, nor was I trying to win, but will gladly accept anyway).
To listen, click here.
I don’t make a habit of photographing my food or drinks, and I certainly don’t post them for others to be subjected to, but the cup of Starbucks in this picture is significant because it will be my last.
I ignored the fact that Starbucks uses GMO products.
And I rolled my eyes when Starbucks tried to ram race issues down my throat.
But now I discovered something about my favorite coffee chain that is too egregious to look past; too evil to ignore.
When I learned of this news I was eligible for one free drink as I had reached my buy-twelve-get-one-free benefit of being a Starbucks gold card member. So this past week I redeemed the free drink owed to me and will allow my gold member status to elapse.
My decade-long relationship with Starbucks is officially over.
You can’t boycott everything, you say.
I am not one known for boycotting businesses I don’t agree with. And I know that this coffee behemoth isn’t even going to notice my absence (nor care), but there’s a bigger issue here. This is not about boycotts, it’s about conscience.
Just like I wouldn’t have been able (in good conscience) to patronize a company that was directly supporting the execution of “undesirables” in Germany in the 1940s, I can no longer support my favorite coffee establishment knowing that they are directly supporting the execution of “undesirables” in America in 2015.
So this week I enjoyed my complimentary venti java chip frapuccino with toffee nut syrup as one relationship ends, and a new one begins. I say goodbye to Starbucks and hello to local coffee establishments.
If/when Starbucks drops their financial support of abortion, I may consider returning, but until then, thanks for the memories.
1). Although I am personally opposed to the practice, I do not want to impose my moral values upon others. So if someone else wants to hunt lions, then who am I to judge? My motto is: If you don’t like lion killing, then don’t kill one.
2). It’s clear that laws against lion hunting won’t stop lion hunting. It will only make lion hunting dangerous for the hunters because banning lion hunting will drive hunters into back jungles to seek unsafe hunting. We do not want to return to “back alley” hunting.
3). Anti-choicers sit atop their moral pedestals and dictate that others shouldn’t have safe and affordable access to lion hunting, proving they only care about lions and not the hunters.
4). What’s the harm? Lions are only blobs of tissue, cells, muscles, and skin. It’s just like killing a cockroach.
5). Lion hunting should be “safe, legal, and rare.” But in those cases when a lion is killed, just think of all the good things that come from its death. Just think of all the research that could be done with the lion’s harvested organs. Anti-choicers only care about lions, not the countless people who could benefit from the stem-cell research done on the harvested lion’s organs.
6). Most people who are against lion hunting are not hunters, and therefore, should have no say in this debate. If you’ve never been faced with a fierce lion before, you have no right to an opinion in this matter.
7). Allowing hunters safe and affordable access to lions liberates and empowers the hunters. For far too long they have been oppressed and I will not sit quietly while hunterphobes try turning the clock on hunting rights back a hundred years.
8). Tax dollars should be used to fund poor lion hunters so they have the same access to lion hunting as the rich.
9). Lion hunting is simply the playing out of the survival of the fittest. Darwin would be proud. Who are we to interfere?
10). Unless anti-choicers are willing to adopt every lion in the world, then they have no right to tell others that they can’t hunt them.