See, Starbucks prints quotes from different writers scientists, musicians, athletes, politicians and cultural critics on cups used at their coffee shops. These are meant to encourage the coffeehouse tradition of debate and conversation. Some of these quotes can be controversial. For instance, last month a contractor for Baylor University, a Baptist institution in Texas, removed cups carrying a quote by the author Armistead Maupin saying: “My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long … life is too damn short.” This week, perhaps in an attempt to appease pissed off
homophobic fundamentalist Christians, Starbucks announced that next spring’s collection of quotes will include a religious quote from the Rev Rick Warren, author of the best selling self-help book The Purpose-Driven Life.
Rev. Warren’s quote will read: “You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your real purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance and our destiny.”
Well goodie. Now that everyone’s covered, both the pro and anti-gay crowds can resume attacking each other’s positions, while fortified by a nice venti frapuccino. Read all about it here (USA Today) and here (The Guardian).