Monday, May 07, 2007

Starbucks: The Anti-Christ Coffee


From World Net Daily:

Anti-God Starbucks cup has customer steaming
Woman says: 'I don't think there needs to be religious dialogue on it. I just want coffee'

An Ohio woman is steaming after reading an anti-God message published on the side of a Starbucks coffee cup.

The message that got Michelle Incanno's blood boiling reads:

"Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure."

Personally, I like religious dialogue and Starbucks is a private company so they can do whatever the hell they want. I think this woman is a bit weak in the Faith and probably a bit weak in the mind to be ruffled the meandering observations that sounds like something written by a college freshman at third rate university.

Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? Well that's an easy one. Everybody knows that God is all-powerful. Its the same reason why we forget God when everything is going great. When things are going just fine (or we think they are) we feel powerful. I guarantee, give me any athiest, I'll put him in a hole in the ground and drop artillery around him for a week and let him watch half of his friends die. Oh, he'll be on his knees alright.

As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Cognition is no good in moments of crisis. Again, back to our friend in the foxhole. God is no figment of my imagination and I know what I know. But the athiest needs to well understand that, yes, God may have forsaken him, so he may well be 'up the creek without a paddle.' God may well have written him off.

Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? Because we know that God is all powerful, that through an active prayer life. He's knowable and that God delivers big-time. I've personally experienced this.

After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure. What does this matter? Our friend in the foxhole needs to endure the artillery, is he strong enough to cause the artillery drop on him? Did he ultimately cause it? What of circumstances where we did not cause the catastrophy and it way more powerful that us?

The quote was written by Bill Schell, a Starbucks customer from London, Ontario, Canada, and was included as part of an effort by the Seattle-based coffee giant to collect different viewpoints and spur discussion.
Good on Starbucks. Bill's no philiosophy major and handlig his question is like swatting a mosquito but his simplistic questions are good fodder to start a talk with friends. Something tells me, however, that Starbucks will not be featuring the words of religious customers.

To Michelle Incanno, you need to spend less money on expensive coffee and shiny crucifixes for your neck and more money on catechetical books from Tan publishers and, besides, Starbucks coffee sucks.

2 comments:

Jeanette said...

great blog ... my husband writes on similar topics ... okay, now i need to check the trash for my starbucks cup ... both my husband and i missed the side panel chatter ...

-jeanette

Thomas Shawn said...

Thanks and welcome to the blog.