Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Coffee Broken

“How could this have happened when everything was normal?” – Joan Didion from The year of magical thinking

Some years ago the local paper in Tooele ran a tiny article they had purchased from the AP newswire. Little more than a stock update it informed the reader that the price of stock in Starbucks Coffee company had fallen. The reasons for the stock price movement were uninteresting enough to have been long ago forgotten; the tiny article, little more than a couple paragraphs, was not interesting for what it said. Instead it was interesting for what it was about. The local paper had never before –in my fallible memory at least- published articles about particular stocks, and one has to drive over 30 miles from Tooele to get to a Starbucks. Soon, however, there will apparently be a Starbucks in Tooele!

Hosanna Hosanna Hallelujah!!

This will actually be the only sit-down coffee establishment in Tooele. I plan on sitting down there at a two-chair table and drinking coffee. My plans –shadowy images really- involve the attentions of the individual in the other chair. Telling slightly leading jokes till her eyes twinkle with unintended laughter.

There are those who would have me (and you) boycott Starbucks. They have organized a campaign called DumpStarbucks.com. “They” in this case include the National Organization for Marriage. I’m sure the LDS Church would also encourage its members to boycott Starbucks, but that might be due more to the fact that Starbucks has been known to sell coffee, and not to a January 2012 announcement that Starbucks would enthusiastically recognize marriage equality.

I’m sure that the DumpStarbucks.com movement could have garnered more Mormon support if it did not propose helping its participants “find alternative coffee shops”.

Interestingly the DumpStarbucks.com activity promotes itself as a defender of atheists, millions of atheists.

“In taking these actions, Starbucks has declared a culture war on all people of faith (and millions of others) who believe that the institution of marriage as one man and one woman is worth preserving.” -- DumpStarbucks.com

This statement does imply through the use of simple comparative statistics that many, maybe even most, atheists oppose same-sex marriage; there are not enough atheists in America to have millions do anything without it being a large percentage of the whole. It also implies, though somewhat more tenuously, that opposing same-sex marriage is more important that converting people to the gospel.

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