Why I Boycott Starbucks


Reposted from AFA.net

Starbucks CEO to Christian shareholders: Buy stock elsewhere

Let Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz know you don’t agree with his company’s aggressive attempts to re-define marriage.

March 26, 2013

Dear Friend,

At the annual shareholder’s meeting last week, Starbucks CEO, Howard Shultz, insulted Christians throughout the country by suggesting they buy stocks in other coffee businesses if they do not agree with his position on same-sex marriage. It is no surprise that Starbucks supports homosexual marriage.

They have been sending liberal messages for years. But this is beyond anything we have seen from the left or the right. Shultz went as far as to tell shareholders who support Christian values to sell their stock and support other companies.

According to ChristianNews.net, Tom Strobhar, a shareholder, raised a question during the shareholder’s meeting about the significant drop in sales after a boycott from the National Organization for Marriage, who was protesting Starbucks support of homosexual marriage in Washington state.

See this interview in which Starbucks shareholder Tom Strobhar explains what happened at the meeting. It includes a clip of Mr. Shultz’ comments.

“In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earnings, shall we say politely, were a bit disappointing,” said Strobhar.

In response, Starbucks’ CEO Shultz said the company’s decision to support gay marriage was not an economic one and snidely suggested Strobhar and other Christians who support natural marriage can take their investment elsewhere.

“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”


1. Send an email to Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz, asking the company to remain neutral in the issue of gay marriage. We have prepared a letter for you to send. If you are a customer, please add your personal note to the message.

2. If you are a Starbucks shareholder, consider taking Mr. Shultz’ advice and sell your Starbucks stock.

3. Take strong action by resolving to no longer support Starbucks by taking your business elsewhere.


9 thoughts on “Why I Boycott Starbucks

  1. “insulted Christians throughout the country by suggesting they buy stocks in other coffee businesses if they do not agree with his position on same-sex marriage”

    I’m lost here… why is this an insult? he’s asking people to make their own choices about supporting his company… kind of just like you are doing. i’m not insulted at all. it’s never an insult when someone is upfront and honest with you and gives you the opportunity and freedom to make an unhindered and unmanipulated personal choice. (wish our government and president would do the same)

    could you elaborate on why you saw it as an insult to christians?

    1. No, I’m certainly not insulted that he told Christians to buy coffee elsewhere! I love it that he’s actually making Christians aware of the fact that they SHOULD go buy elsewhere! And yes, I too appreciate our freedom to make our own personal choices. In posting this, I hope that Christians will stop spending money at Starbucks. I want Starbucks to feel it in their bottom line for the non-Biblical stance they’re taking on marriage and being so forthright in their support for homosexual marriage. If enough of us refuse to buy from businesses that are standing strong for anti-Biblical causes, less businesses will fuel money to these causes, and that would be a good thing.

  2. cool. thanks for the ‘unpacking’. my wife and i are strong christians who have been going to SB’s ever since we began courtship. i am also concerned about their ‘gay marriage’ stance, their pro-abortion stance… etc. two questions though.
    1. do you really think boycotts work to change the company’s policies when the majority of patrons are in agreement with them? i suppose it’s good to not support what you disagree with, but i’m not sure SB’s really cares if christians and anti-gay marriage people don’t buy from them, and they have clearly said they ‘should’ go elsewhere.
    2. where does the boycott thing end? do we really know or even ‘can’ we know the policies, stances and causes that each and every company we do business with, buy from or own stock in supports? sounds like a heck of a lot of work when the companys obviously have the same ‘freedom of choice’ we do in who or what we support. might be a bit (vocabulary tester coming) quixotic if you ask me.

    better to just exercise our freedom to buy elsewhere and encourage others to do the same, than to aim at ‘punishing’ the company for their free choice, by our free choice to forgoe that quad-venti-white mocha at SB’s, they just don’t care and it won’t make that big of a dent in the ‘bottom line’ in my opinion.

    1. Thank you so much for your reply! I do wish more strong Christians would realize the huge affect their wallets have on society. Money speaks loudly. Both theirs and mine. With every dollar I spend, I’m placing my vote, dollar after dollar after dollar. I either vote for homosexual marriage or I vote for family friendly businesses that are not contributing to the moral decay of our nation.
      1- I do think boycott’s work! Usually, the majority of Americans are not in agreement with pro-homosexual and pro-abortion agendas. It’s time we start taking our nation back, one dollar at a time.
      2- For me, the boycotting thing ends when business stop being anti-God. I will boycott any business that has an outspoken anti-God agenda. As consumers, we literally have HUNDREDS of choices on where to shop. There are DOZENS of places to buy coffee. So see you later Starbucks!
      3- While we may not be able to know where each company disperses its money, we can definitely know about the outspoken ones. And those are the ones that are most important to boycott, it sets an example to other companies that consumers still have the upper hand and we have the power to put them out of business.
      4- Your individual purchase might not make a dent in their overall profits, but if 100,000 of us do that, there will surely be a dent! There’s power in numbers! That’s why its so important for Christians to start actually caring about where they are spending their money.
      As stewards of money that God has entrusted to us, it’s also our Christian duty to not support businesses that are anti-Bible.
      5- By the way, I choose Christian book distributors instead of amazon. I choose to buy movies from AFA instead of amazon and Blockbuster. I buy from work-at-home mom’s that hand-make things. I buy from local merchants who don’t just haul in a bunch of junk from China. I don’t go to Home Depot, Sears, Victoria Secret, Starbucks, etc. I’m able to find anything I want without doing business with the companies that are outspokenly anti-God (which has nothing to do with my China junk comment, sorry about that!)
      Again, thanks for your comments, awesome conversation!

  3. Great Job! Really great job. I receive the email alerts from AFA but sometimes I dismiss them. I don’t thnk I will anymore. However, I am glad I haven’t shopped in Home Depot in YEARS as well as Starbucks, nor JC Penny. Thanks. By the way, I REALLY like the idea of having a list of the companies to avoid. That makes it much easier & makes what Christian should be standing strong against all the more real.

  4. Well, I’ve been convicted…starting small…no more Starbucks. Never thought I would ever say such a thing!! But its worth it to me… Will check out the other companies list also… ________________________________

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