“Starbucks is a sanctuary”-ironic and true

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The “War on Christmas” begins early, as some Christians apparently are outraged that Starbucks has removed pictures of reindeer from its holiday cups, leaving a plain red color. One “self-proclaimed” evangelist declared that “Starbucks hates Jesus”.  A VP for Starbucks defended the change, declaring that Starbucks should be comfortable for everyone, since “Starbucks is a sanctuary“.   Ironically, he is right-and put his finger on the problem.  More Christians and Jews go to Starbucks regularly than their own house of worship, so of course they want their holiday celebrations represented there.  I long for the day when my Christian clergy friends in picture-postcard rural Connecticut used to tell their parishioners-“You want to see nice holiday decorations?  Come to church.”

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