Written by; Gary Wonning
Now the national uproar is over a red Starbucks solo cup.
In the past, I have never paid much attention to the kind of cup Starbucks supplies its customers. The coffee is overpriced, for what you pay for a cup of coffee and a muffin, a meal can be bought in many other restaurants.
It appears Starbucks has had a wintery scene proudly displayed on their cups during the holiday season, either with or without a Christmas message.
This year they have decided to supply a red cup proudly displaying the Starbucks logo. It’s their company and they can do whatever they want, that is the American way.
A lot of people are up in arms because this is just another indication of how much the left and many on the right want to abolish Christmas from the American landscape.
In this regard, Starbuck’s action and their actions in the past clearly demonstrate their stand on this delicate issue. After all, you probably won’t find any one stopping at Starbucks on their way to a Sarah Palin rally.
It was a political move for the sake of inclusivity. Political correctness at it finest.
In and of itself, a photo of snowflakes or a wintery scene doesn’t have much to do with Christmas except it is part of the tradition of the holiday season in the United States as well as in many other parts of the world. In fact, many around the world are adopting Christmas as a holiday celebration, regardless if they are Christians or not.
This act by Starbucks in itself is inconsequential, but when thrown in the heap with everything else transforming our culture, it is a big deal. Slowly but surely, our traditions keep getting eaten away until there is nothing left. It’s not about a bunch of whiney over sensitive Christians, it’s about preserving our culture.
It’s like the story of putting a frog in warm water and increasing the temperature of the water until the frog dies. He never notices the temperature is increasing, so it is with Starbucks and other instances like it.
In the bigger picture, it does symbolize Christmas because it is part of the tradition, a tradition that has survived for two hundred years.
A few years ago, in Afghanistan, as well as in many other parts of the middle east, the Taliban were destroying religious and spiritual artifacts, symbols, and structures that had been in place for hundreds or thousands of years all in an effort to wipe out the traditions and customs of many people who didn’t believe as they did.
Now many in our country want to do the same thing. They want to remove the culture and the traditions our country was founded upon.
Regardless if you want to believe it or not, the United States of America was founded on the Judeo-Christain faith. The Ten Commandments were used as a guide, our founding fathers all prayed and George Washington insisted the army have chaplains. Something that was unheard of in the day.
If the founders had any formal education, it was obtained in a church school. Those schools were the only ones available in colonial America.
Our U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence are just as sacred a document as the Magna Carta or Holy Bible.
Does that mean a Muslim or an atheist can worship freely and proclaim their faith or lack of it as much as a Christian? Of course, it does. We have freedom of religion or lack of it, it doesn’t mean we have freedom from religion.
You have to ask yourself if they want to destroy our culture and traditions, what do they want to replace it with?
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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.
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