Muslim Groups Call for Boycott of Starbucks Over its Pro-LGBT Stance
Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia are taking a stance that fits well within their hate-filled religion by calling for a boycott of Starbucks because the company supports LGBT issues.
Perkasa, a Muslim Malaysian group, called on their members to boycott Starbucks this week in an asinine attempt to get the company to cater to their outdated and hate-filled beliefs, the AP reports.
Amini Amir Abdullah, the Islamic affairs bureau chief for Perkasa commented to Reuters:
“Our objection is because they are promoting something that is against human instinct, against human behavior and against religion – that’s why we are against it.”
“Perkasa called on the Malaysian government to revoke trading licenses for Starbucks, as well as other companies like Microsoft and Apple.
This came days after an Indonesian Islamic group, Muhammadiyah, also denounced the chain in the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population.
According to AP, shares in the company that operates Starbucks in Indonesia fell and a boycott Starbucks hashtag was popular for a short time.
Amini said the call for boycott stemmed from a report that Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz supports gay marriage. In 2013 Schultz, who was Starbucks CEO at the time, told shareholders who were opposed to diversity to sell their stocks at a shareholders meeting.
Sodomy is illegal and punishable by up to 20 years in prison in Malaysia and, while homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court is looking to make homosexual sex and sex out of wedlock a criminal activity, AP said.