Bil Browning

Starbucks CEO Cancels Talk at Anti-Gay Church

Filed By Bil Browning | August 11, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: anti-gay churches, ex-gay ministries, Exodus International Ministries, New Balance, Starbucks

While New Balance is trying to distance itself from a contribution made by their Starbucks cupboard chairman to Mitt Romney's campaign after the candidate signed NOM's anti-marriage equality pledge, Starbucks is dealing with their own anti-gay controversy and they're quickstepping it just like the sneaker company.

Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks, was scheduled to deliver a talk Friday titled "How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing Its Soul" during the annual leadership summit sponsored by Willow Creek Association, an international association of churches based in South Barrington.

...Activist Asher Huey of Washington, D.C., criticized Schultz for agreeing to appear at a church with a longstanding membership in Exodus International, a ministry that believes homosexual behavior is destructive and Christians can "grow into heterosexuality."

"The church that is sponsoring the event ... has a long history of anti-gay persecution," wrote Huey...

The company wouldn't say that the reason for Schultz's cancellation was because of Huey's campaign.

The church, however, made sure to tell the media that they've ended their affiliation with Exodus years ago. I love it how all of these churches that embraced the ex-gays now don't want to be anywhere near them. Oh, karma...


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