Tuesday, November 10, 2015

War on Christmas 2015

Because apparently plain red cups (and political correctness) make the Baby Jesus cry.

Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus ... SO I PRANKED THEM ... and they HATE IT!!!! #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow --> Joshua Feuerstein
Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015

This is from the Facebook page of Joshua Feuerstein, who is apparently rather miffed that Starbucks doesn't put "Merry Christmas" on their new minimalist design Christmas cups.

Yes folks, it's that time of year.  Time for Church Folk in America to start their annual conniptions and accusing the rest of us of waging a "War on Christmas".  The imaginary war that exists solely in the minds of people who have their talking points fed directly into their synapses by Fox News, AM Radio, and Church TV.  And like the proverbial "Christmas creep", it seems to begin earlier and earlier every year.

Ignoring the fact that Starbucks has NEVER put "Merry Christmas", "Seasons Greetings", or even "Happy Holidays" on any of their cups...EVER, this ignoramus Mr. Feuerstein somehow believes he's "punishing" them by going into Starbucks, paying $5.75 or so for their overpriced, over-caffeinated swill, and saying his name is "Merry Christmas" so that they'd be forced to write it on his cup.  And to top it off, he wants all of his nut-job followers to do the same.  "and they HATE IT!!!" he posts on his Facebook page.

Oh yeah.  I'm sure Starbuck is just pissed that this guy is sending them all of this extra business in "protest", not to mention all of the free advertising.  Mr. Feuerstein isn't a Christian by even the most innocuous standard.  What he is, is about 31.5 flavors of STUPID.  If Feuerstein really wanted to express his Christianity and stick it to Starbucks, instead of counter-productive stunts like this he'd do the following.
  2. Encourage his followers to do likewise.
  3. Take all of the money they save and put it towards helping the poor and unfortunate (you know, like you're supposed to do during the holidays).
  4. Do this ALL YEAR ROUND.
The truth is it's not up to Starbucks or any other corporate entity to "keep the 'Christ' in 'Christmas'".  As a Christian, that's YOUR job.  However, if you really must have the words "Merry Christmas" on your super-grande-mocha-chokabrotha-latte, you could do one thing that would require very little effort.  Just ask the barista to write it on your cup.  They're generally nice people and I'm sure they'll accommodate you.  And while you're making this request, you may want to ask yourself why you feel that the celebration of the birth of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, requires a corporate endorsement.

Seriously.  If you need a corporation to validate your Christianity, then you're doing it wrong.