Starbucks has come under fire from a lot of Christians lately because of the lack of "Christmas" on their cups. Is it really a case of fighting against Christian ideals - or is it simply Starbucks taking advantage of the "minimalist" trend that has taken over?
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The coffee chain's seasonal designs are much anticipated every year by fans who mark it as some sort of unofficial start of the holiday season. However, this year the cups are missing out on tree, doves, and snowflakes - basically anything that screams Christmas. Instead, they are a simple red to cranberry gradient with the green and white Starbucks label.
“Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus,” wrote former Arizona pastor Joshua Feuerstein in a viral Facebook post that had at least 8 million views Saturday night.
Other pastors and religious individuals vowed that they would never again visit a Starbucks.
“I’m officially banning Starbucks from my life,” Nate Weaver, a student pastor, wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. “With the CEO of the company telling those who support pro-life that they don't want their money and now the Red Holiday cups with nothing that might tie to Christmas on them because they want to be politically correct.”
Outrage isn't limited to the United States, as British politicians have criticized it as well. David Burrowes reached out and said:
“The Starbucks coffee cup change smells more of political correctness than a consumer-led change,” Burrowes told Breitbart London. “The public has a common sense grasp on the reality that at Christmas time, whether you have a Christian faith or not, Britain celebrates Christmas.”
For their part, Starbucks officials are standing by their design as a way to "welcome all of our stories," according to the Vice President of Design and Content, Jefferey Fields.
“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” Fields added. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s a more open way to usher in the holiday.”
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At least it means shorter lines for the rest of us.