Well friends, NOM is at it again!
The religiously-fanatic NOM (National Organization for Marriage) has now set their sites on Starbucks for the company’s recent pronouncement of support for marriage equality. Knowing full well they would be placing themselves at the heart of a controversial subject, Starbucks decided to stand up for Civil Rights and support Washington state’s marriage equality bill that passed the state legislature and was signed into law by Democratic Governor Chris Gregoire in February. Washington state has now become the seventh state in the country to allow full, spousal rights for committed same-sex couples. Starbucks corporate headquarters is based in Washington state.
Never ceasing to pass on an opportunity to make their utter disgust and intolerance for same-sex marriage be known, NOM recently launched DumpStarbucks.com, a website that states the company “has declared a culture war on all people of faith” by taking a stand in support of same-sex marriage. NOM also claims that “Starbucks is using it’s resources to invalidate traditional marriage in the US” therefore the only way to stop the company’s assault on traditional families is to boycott them. By using the strength of a boycott, NOM hopes Starbucks will either repeal their pronouncement of support for marriage equality, or face dwindling sales, thereby forcing the company to shut down stores and, as a result, fire employees.
This form of action doesn’t sound very Christian-esque does it? During a time when the US economy is struggling to get back on it’s feet and people are having a hard time finding any form of employment, does NOM truly believe an assault on a company which employees tens of thousands of employees is truly the best route to take? But I digress… this is a free country and freedom of speech is a Constitutional right we are all entitled to. NOM can continue their attacks on Starbucks and the Civil Rights of the LGBTQ community but I will point out a couple facts. According to the bible, from which NOM claims to derive most of their values from, the good book clearly states “judge not and ye shall not be judged, condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned,” (Luke 6:37). Unfortunately, NOM continues to ignore this psalm and continue their habitual condemnations of gays, lesbians, and same-sex families. In fact, this is something that is growing more tiresome by the second. Various religiously-affiliated organizations have no problem demanding gays and lesbians be treated as unnatural and unworthy species of humanity, yet they pick and choose what they want to follow in the bible. It is true, Leviticus does state a “male shall not lay with a male as with a female, it is an abomination,” (Leviticus 18:22), but he also states eating shellfish (aka lobster, crab, shrimp) is an abomination as well (Leviticus 11:22). The bible also states it’s ok to own slaves and stone a person to death if they choose to be an adulterer. Folks, where do we draw the line?
But enough bible rambling because even I am fighting off the urge to yawn. I will make this statement, however, NOM has devoted millions upon millions of dollars and numerous resources in their attacks towards the LGBTQ community but considering the increasing public acceptance of same-sex couples and families, they surely must realize this is a losing battle. As the great Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.“
NOM, I have a proposition for you, instead of devoting your tens of millions of dollars towards fighting the Civil Rights of the LGBTQ community, you might best be served directing those funds towards feeding the homeless, or towards various charitable organizations that truly make an impact in the betterment of humanity. I doubt this proposition will be heeded, unfortunately, so we can look forward to the continuation of NOM assaults on ourselves, our supportive friends and family, and the businesses that stand for Civil Rights.
All this writing has made me thirsty! I think I’ll support my local Starbucks and have me a cold, delicious caramel frappuccino. Hey you reading this article, maybe you should, too?