Friday, December 4, 2015

The War on Religious Freedom

Starbucks recently introduced their 2015 holiday coffee cup and it's a simple red cup with the usual Starbucks mermaid logo.  Some people are outraged, such as a former pastor, Joshua Feuerstein, who said Starbucks "removed" Christmas from the cups because they "hate Jesus."  Donald Trump apparently also thinks this is a problem that he, as president, would be able to "solve."

Never mind that Starbucks has not used the word "Christmas" on their cups in recent years and has typically used seasonal symbols, such as snowmen or snowflakes on the cups.  In reality they've "removed" nothing.  Never mind the facts; this is an election cycle and facts are irrelevant.

So here is what Mr. Trump said in regard to Starbucks' cup; "If I become president, we're all going to be saying, 'merry Christmas' again. That I can tell you."

Is this a threat by Mr. Trump to end religious freedom in the U.S. if he becomes president?  Exactly how will enforce this edict?  Will he put people in jail for failing to say Merry Christmas? And will he be putting people in jail for failing to wish Muslims a  Merry Ramadan or Jews a Merry Yom Kippur?  And what will he do to or for atheists?  Is Trump proposing to turn the U.S. into Iran?  Does anyone care that he is proposing the destruction of the First Amendment?

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