Starbucks CEO cancels church speech after protest
Tolerant liberals is an oxymoron…they claim to accept all, yet if you disagree with them they will do everything in their power to stop you. They went after Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
Via Komo News: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz cancelled an appearance at one of the most prominent megachurches in the country after an online petition condemned the congregation as anti-gay – a charge the church denies.
Schultz had been scheduled to speak Friday at The Global Leadership Summit organized by the Willow Creek Association, based in South Barrington, Ill. The annual event draws tens of thousands of viewers via satellite. Past speakers have included former President Bill Clinton, GE’s Jack Welch and rock singer Bono. (How come they didn’t target those liberals? /sarc)
However, at the start of the event Thursday, the pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, Bill Hybels, said Schultz had cancelled suddenly after a petition was posted on the Internet a week ago that said his participation would be unacceptable.
The petition at Change.org accused the megachurch of “anti-gay persecution” over Willow Creek’s past relationship with Exodus International, a Christian ministry that offers to help gays and lesbians change their sexual orientation. Willow Creek cut ties with Exodus in 2009, church spokeswoman Susan DeLay said.
Hybels said that Willow Creek does expect its members to follow biblical ethics and reserve sex for marriage between a man and a woman, but welcomes worshippers of all backgrounds.
“To suggest that we check sexual orientation or any other kind of issue at our doors is simply not true,” Hybels said. “Just ask the hundreds of people with same-sex attraction who attend our church every week.”
Hybels asked members of the audience to write Schultz “with genuine Christian love” and say he’d be welcome at any future summit.
I don’t know if Schultz is a liberal or conservative. I do know he’s a jerk for selling our Seattle Super Sonics out from us! Why couldn’t they just hit Schultz the hardest – in the wallet – and boycott Starbucks? Nah, that wouldn’t get them the attention they demand! Once again proving that tolerance is only acceptable if you agree with them.