Starbucks faces boycotted in Indonesia because of its pro-LGBT policies.
“If Starbucks only does business, then fine. But don’t bring ideology here,” stated Anwar Abbas of Muhammadiyah, an organization that has around 30 million members.
He stated that Starbucks’s position risks damaging the “religious and cultured” essential of the nation.
Abbas stated he was provoked by a recent information he got about a pro-LGBT comment that Starbucks executive Howard Schultz made, who is a former CEO and current coffee shop giant’s chairman.
In 2013, Schultz had a disagreement with a shareholder over the company’s support for gay marriage, because this decision was costing customers.
Schultz stated that the company supports diversity and that “not every decision is an economic decision.”
“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company,” Schultz stated.
Starbucks license holder PT Sari Coffee Indonesia said, “always obeys the prevailing regulations and appreciates the cultural values in Indonesia,”
“We also value the religious background of our customers and employees,” stated Fetty Kwartati, a director at PT MAP Boga Adiperkasa Tbk.
“Islam condemns LGBT. It’s a sin,” stated Starbucks client Annisa Meidiana, who is a Muslim.
Anyhow, the 22-year-old college student stated that there is a big dissimilarity concerning what the Islam teaches and what she does.
“But it doesn’t matter to me. For me, being an LGBT is a human right,” she stated.
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