A firebrand preacher falsely claiming Starbucks is waging a war on Christmas gets his due when critics on social media strike back, turning hisÂ #MerryChristmasStarbucks on its head.
Remember Joshua Feuerstein? He’s the on-again-off-again Arizona pastor-preacher-televangelist who first gained national attention last year when he posted a Facebook video of himself calling a random Florida bakery demanding an anti-gay cake. The owner thought it was a joke (it was April 1), hung up, and subsequently got hundreds of calls andÂ death threatsÂ from some of his more than one million followers.
Feurestein’s next trick was to record another video attacking same-sex marriage which showied himÂ waving a semiautomatic assault rifle and telling his followers, â€œItâ€™s time that we finally take a stand and say no more. Weâ€™re not backing up any further.â€
Now Feuerstein is the first Christian soldier this year to begin the false claim of a war on Christmas.
Starbucks, as they do every year during the Holiday season, changed its coffee cups to red. Annually, they embellish the cups with winter decorations, like snowflakes, stars, snowmen, and ice skaters.
“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,” Starbucks vice president of Design & Content,Â Jeffrey Fields, said in a press release.Â “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” heÂ added. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it,” and called it a “more open way to usher in the holiday.”
Apparently, embracing simplicity and welcoming all stories is the equivalent of hating Christians, Jesus, and Christmas, according to Feuerstein, who literally wrote on Facebook,Â â€œStarbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus.â€
His Facebook video has been viewed nearly 11 million times in just three days.
Feuerstein, in his video, screams that Starbucks’ employees are “banned from saying Merry Christmas” and deleted any signs of the Christian holiday from the cups because they “hate Jesus.”Â
Of course, that’s totally false.
Snopes notes that Starbucks still sells its iconic “ChristmasÂ Blend coffee, offers gift cards withÂ holidayÂ symbols, and even vendsÂ AdventÂ calendars.”
â€” wendy (@wenm2911) November 8, 2015
Feuerstein also tells his followers to go to Starbucks, order coffee, and when the barista asks their name, say it’s “Merry Christmas,” so they write it on the cups.
He writes, “I PRANKED THEM … and they HATE IT!!!!”
Which is beyond juvenile.
What’s not, however, is at the end of his video, when he waves a gun and says that since Starbucks “hates” the Second Amendment, he brought his gun into the store.
The gun toting preacher says he wants to start a “movement” and asks his 1.8 million followers to share the video and to “prank” Starbucks’ employees. Which is sad and selfish, since during the holiday season they work even harder and don’t need some self-righteous “persecuted” Christian to make their days even harder.
But most importantly, Feuerstein is not only wrong, he’s embarrassing himself and, by extension, other Christians, and destroying the true meaning of Christmas.
Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus … SO I PRANKED THEM … and they HATE IT!!!! #shareUse #MERRYCHRISTMASSTARBUCKSFollow –> Joshua Feuerstein
Posted by Joshua Feuerstein on Thursday, November 5, 2015
(If video does not play watch it on Facebook.)
Of course, some followed his lead:
But overwhelmingly, most were irritated, angered and opposed to Feuerstein’s antics:
If you’re Christian & upset over Starbucks cups, your priorities are out of whack and you don’t have enough to do #MerryChristmasStarbucks
â€” Brian Green-Young (@bgreenyoung) November 8, 2015
#MerryChristmasStarbucks – cause nothing upholds the integrity of your faith like using your religion’s holiday greeting as a term of spite
â€” Kate Hoyt (@KateHoyt3) November 8, 2015
You can’t be persecuted by a cup. #MerryChristmasStarbucks
â€” pocohantas01 (@pocohantas01) November 8, 2015
I can’t wait until my life is so carefree, that my biggest concern at the holidays is the color of a coffee cup. #MerryChristmasStarbucks
â€” PC Gamer Girl (@pcgamergirl) November 8, 2015
â€” sincerely, franklyn (@queerly_bel0ved) November 8, 2015
â€” Bryan Trail (@Bryan_Trail) November 8, 2015
â€” Brenda (@KarmaHappenz) November 8, 2015
â€” Ryan Lowery (@ryanmlowery) November 8, 2015
#MerryChristmasStarbucks Leave it to Americans to get pissed off about a coffee cup without snowflakes on it.
â€” Notre Kane (@Brythemusicguy) November 8, 2015
â€” Marie Lunsford (@BadponyMedicine) November 8, 2015
If you need a coffee chain to be your ambassador of Christ you need to re-examine your relationship with God #MerryChristmasStarbucks
â€” Nicole Gibson (@NinjasandtheLaw) November 8, 2015
Image: Screenshot via Facebook
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Sean Spicer Bitterly Complains the Press Is Treating Jen Psaki Better Than They Did Him
As part of a deep dive into the growing popularity of White House press secretary Jen Psaki who has a legion of admirers on social media due to her handling of press, former Donald Trump press secretary Sean Spicer complained to the New York Times that she has gotten a free pass from the media that he never got.
According to the report, even Peter Doocy of Fox News had high praise for Psaki despite his almost daily battles with Psaki that have become widely shared on Twitter and evening newscasts.
“It never feels like I’m getting smacked down or vice versa,” Doocy admitted. “I understand why it looks like that, some of the ways that stuff gets clipped, but it doesn’t feel like that in the room.”
He added, “When I got back from my wedding she made a point to tell everybody in the briefing room that I just got married. That’s a transcript I can print out and show to my kids one day.”
As for Spicer, who eventually resigned following combative press conferences that were famously mocked on Saturday Night Live — with actor Melissa McCarthy portraying a bullying and manic Spicer — he thinks he was held to a higher standard than the current press secretary.
“‘I walked into the lion’s den every day — she walks into a bunch of kittens,'” Sean Spicer, Mr. Trump’s first press secretary and now the 6 p.m. anchor on Newsmax, said in an interview,” the Times’ Michael Grynbaum wrote.
Spicer also took exception to Psaki taking a dig at him during a press conference after President Joe Biden asked him to resign from the board of the United States Military Academy when she was asked about his performance in her job as well as appearances by Kellyanne Conway defending Donald Trump.
Psaki replied, “I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified.”
That led Spicer to complain, “Jen chose to stand and question my qualifications and services to this country. Once she did that, the gloves were off.”
You can read more here.
GOP Gov. Kristi Noem Won’t Make Kids Wear Masks in Schools But She Is Trying to Make Them Pray
South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem refuses to mandate masks for schoolchildren and teachers but she’s trying to make students pray in public. Gov. Noem, who is widely expected to run for president in 2024, has let the coronavirus run rampant in her state of just 886,667 people – a population so small New York City’s is ten times larger. And yet coronavirus is running rampant in South Dakota, which ranks number eight in the nation for coronavirus cases per capita.
Governor Noem just made clear she does not see herself as a government or political leader, but as a religious one. Speaking to Real America’s Voice personality David Brody, Noem declared she will bring back prayer in schools (even though voluntary prayer has always been legal) and thinks political leaders are supposed to “minister” to their constituents.
Complaining that the actions other government leaders are taking “are not biblical,” Noem says they are supposed to “line up with God,” which is false.
“I think that it’s really time for all of us to look at the actions of our leaders and see if they line up with the word of God,” Noem said, “see if they’re biblical and if they really are following through on those actions that God’s called us to do to protect people, to serve people, and to really minister to them.”
Protecting, serving, and ministering – but not in the fight against the deadly pandemic.
“We’ve seen our society, our culture, degrade, as we’ve removed God out of our lives, and people become what they spend their time doing,” Noem declared. “When I was growing up, we spent every Sunday morning, every night, every Wednesday night in church, we were our church, family was a part of our life, we read the Bible every day as a family together, and spent time with each other, recognizing that we were created to serve others.”
Again, Noem makes clear she does not believe serving and protecting others has anything to do with COVID-19.
“I don’t know families do that as much anymore and those biblical values are learned, in the family, And they’re learned in church when the doors are open so people can be there and be taught.”
“We in South Dakota, have decided to take action to really stand for biblical principles. We had a bill that was passed during legislative session two years ago that put the the motto ‘In God We Trust’ in every single school building it is displayed. Now in every K-12 school building in the state of South Dakota.
“I have legislation that we’ll be proposing this year that will allow us to pray in schools, again, I really believe that focusing on those foundational biblical principles that teach us that every life has value every person has a purpose will recenter our kids and help us really heal this division that we see taking over our country.”
MSNBC’s Steve Benen notes, “given that the United States is a democracy, and not a theocracy, officials’ actions are supposed to line up with the Constitution and the rule of law, not how some people interpret scripture.”
“What the governor seemed to be suggesting, however, isn’t a system in which students pray on their own,” he adds, “but one in which school officials intervene in children’s religious lives. In the United States, that’s not legal: As my friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently explained, ‘The South Dakota Supreme Court struck down mandatory recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in the state’s public schools in 1929. The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading in public schools in 1962 and ’63.'”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the positions taken by political leaders must "line up with the word of God" and brags about pushing for prayer in public schools. pic.twitter.com/DRd2MJaKZw
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) September 17, 2021
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Former Texas solicitor general and Federalist Society member Jonathan Mitchell, The Guardian reports, “who played a pivotal role in designing the legal framework of the state’s near-total abortion ban, also argued on behalf of anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life that women would still be able to terminate pregnancies if Roe was overturned by traveling to ‘wealthy pro-abortion’ states like California and New York with the help of ‘taxpayer subsidies.'”
“Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sexual intercourse,” Mitchell wrote in the brief. “One can imagine a scenario in which a woman has chosen to engage in unprotected (or insufficiently protected) sexual intercourse on the assumption that an abortion will be available to her later. But when this court announces the overruling of Roe, that individual can simply change their behavior in response to the court’s decision if she no longer wants to take the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.”
“In the same brief, which calls for Roe to be overturned,” The Guardian adds, “Mitchell and co-counsel Adam Mortara, an anti-abortion activist and lawyer who clerked for the supreme court justice Clarence Thomas, said such a decision could open the door for other ‘lawless’ rights and protections to be reversed, including the right to have gay sex and the right to same-sex marriage.”
In their July, 2021 Supreme Court amicus brief, Mitchell and Mortara also call “interracial marriage” one of several “supposed constitutional ‘rights’ that have no basis in constitutional text or historical practice.” Among them, “court-imposed ‘substantive due process’ rights whose textual and historical provenance are equally dubious.”
On same-sex marriage and sex their opinion was devastatingly ruthless.
“The news is not as good for those who hope to preserve the court-invented rights to homosexual behavior and same-sex marriage,” the amicus brief reads. “These ‘rights,’ like the right to abortion from Roe, are judicial concoctions, and there is no other source of law that can be invoked to salvage their existence.”
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