Starbucks’ red cups, and the Internet outrage machine (COMMENTARY)

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Starbucks released new solid red holiday cups, a design choice that has upset some people. Photo courtesy of Starbucks

Starbucks released new solid red holiday cups, a design choice that has upset some people. Photo courtesy of Starbucks

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(RNS) The latest missives in the culture wars have come from different sides of Christianity over, of all things, the new design of the Starbucks red cup.

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  • Bernardo

    From Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 269-272, “The historical yield of the Lukan infancy narrative in respect to the birth of Jesus is virtually nil (ditto for Matt. 1: 18-25, Matt. 2. 1-23)”

    i.e. Christmas is historically a non-event.

  • Bernardo

    None, (or whatever your new handle is)

    Matt 7: 13-23 fails rigorous historic testing as does Luke 13:23-24 . e.g.,

    You might want to review the contemporary studies of the historic Jesus before your next, repetitive commentary.

  • Dante

    Wow, hundreds of thousands of people are distressed because coffee cups are not suitably observant? How strange. When last I looked Starbucks was in the high-priced coffee business and not a religious establishment.

  • observer

    Rather just have a red cup then some generic “Season Greetings” or “Happy Holidays” . Maybe Starbucks could have cups with all the holiday names on it or a customer could order a grande latte labeled with the holiday name most appropriate for the buyer to make ordering that much more complicated.

    Starbucks still has its “Christmas” blend so they have not sold out altogether. Everyone else will want a blend just for their holiday too. Can’t wait to try them all.

    Of course none of this has anything to do with the real Christmas.

  • Mike

    Before the week is over, we may see Westboro Baptist Church picketing a Starbucks with signs that say, “God H8S Red Cups.”

  • Garson Abuita

    It’s not supposed to be “plain red,” there’s an ombre effect in which it gets darker red as you get to the bottom. But it’s hard to see and gets blocked if there’s a cardboard sleeve. On the other hand, the sleeves have a snowflake motif, which as we all know, is a true symbol of Jesus’s birth. /s/
    Seriously, Starbucks has a Christmas theme, Christmas music, a chocolate Advent calendar, and window decals with the appropriate “Here’s to More Good Cheer” type of slogans, plus boughs of holly. But if you need your Jesus-is-the-Reason on your coffee cup, you can head to Panera. Their cups are just white, green and blue (Jesus blue, not Hannukah blue), but they have pine needles, holly, AND a message that lets you know it’s Christmas. Which Starbucks’s red cup somehow failed to do… /more /s/

  • Ben in oakland

    Starbucks has stood for equality before the law, freedom for all, and treating people decently. This is the company that offers a free four-year college education to the spouses and children of veterans and active military personnel.

    Then there are the people throwing a major hissy and calling for a boycott of that company because a disposable cup is red, not sufficiently Christian, and doesn’t greet them personally in the way they wish to be greeted by their disposable cup.

    As always, if you want to find people who don’t believe in Chrsitianity, just look for the people who claim they are far more Chrstian than thou.

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  • And what is the message of Christmas? The angel of the Lord expressed it best, “I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”…Luke 2:10-11. That is, the promised Messiah has come. Which will be the Savior, not for Jews only, but for ‘all people’. Now that is good news. Receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and turn away from sin. He who died to atone for your sins so that you can have forgiveness, and be reconciled to God the Father, and be at peace with Him. God Bless

  • I have no idea why anyone would be upset that, this year, there’s no “Jesus” or “Merry Christmas” or religious symbols/words on their cups. Starbucks has never put any of those things on their holiday cups in past years. Never once.

  • Michael Glass

    This sounds like a publicity stunt on the part of some religious fanatics. Who cares?

  • Chaplain Martin

    I suggest we all make a call on Starbucks this season, and comment on the nice red and green cups. Tell the barista that you like the festive cups for this season, pay them, tip, and wish them a “blessing of the season.” As Russell Moore of the SBC Christian Life Commission states that he won’t be fighting the war against Christmas battle this year.

    I’ll have to go find a Starbucks because i don’t usually go there.