The campaign is meant to collect different viewpoints from notable figures and customers, and foster debate and discussion by printing these quotes on their coffee cups. One such quote did just that...started a heated discussion on whether Starbucks is promoting anti-god sentiment.
"Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure."
This was written by a customer in Canada. It's his viewpoint. It is attributed to him...not Starbucks. They have also printed some quotes that could be construed as pro-religion. Two different viewpoints by two different people. Discuss.
So what really grinds my gears (as Peter Griffin would say) is that some people are so upset by this that they are boycotting Starbucks! WHA?!? Come on, people, this is in no way saying that they, as a company, are anti-god, pro-god, devil-worshippers, or Twinkie-eaters. It's plainly stated that they are simply trying to spur discussion. Done.
This is not a religious issue. It's an issue with people. People that are so sensitive to attacks on their belief system, that they are ready to make a stand when there isn't even anything to get standy about.
Starbucks...great job. Great job on a great campaign meant to start discussions. Mission accomplished. Great job on not buckling down to oppressors. And great job on making a damn good cup of coffee.
Oh shit...I hope saying your coffee is damned isn't going to get me in trouble now.