By now you’ve heard about the kerfuffle in the evangelical community over Starbucks’ decision to go with plain red cups to commemorate this holiday season. Let’s be perfectly clear, the outrage on display by these pretend Christians is complete and utter horseshit. It’s an attention grabbing controversy invented by an idiot named Joshua Feuerstein who’s monetized the Christian persecution brand better than anyone online. Starbucks never included religious icons of any kind on their cups. The images included in the past at this time of year by the corporate coffee shop were all secular Christmas images. They never included crosses or images of baby Jesus or even the Star of Bethlehem. It was Christmas-neutral, if you will.
I am a former Christian. I left the faith for a lot of reasons, but chief among them was the plethora of con artists like Feuerstein who control the public narrative of an entire religion. He and his ilk spend limited time talking about the good Christians should commit to doing for the community and instead devote most of their spotlight scaring their followers into believing that there’s a movement afoot to take their Christianity away.
There is no such movement. I’ve seen this world from both sides of the spectrum. As a Christian, I never got the sense that I was being denied my rights to practice my religion, and as a non-Christian, I’ve never been instructed to sully the good name of Jesus. It’s possible I just haven’t been included in the inner-circle yet, but I can assure Christians reading this post that I’ve never once attended meetings with my fellow secular humanists trying to come up with ways to end Christianity. We’ve gone after efforts to make Christian doctrines the law of the land, but we don’t want any type of religious doctrine from any faith to influence the laws we live by in this country.
Don’t think that I believe Feuerstein represents all Christians. I know he is an online cult leader that controls a mindless group of religious trolls. I get that. Think of this post as an informative piece. The war on Christmas is an inside job. It’s being waged by pretend Christians, religious extremists who want to cripple the moderate Christian community and control the message of the faith, in much the same way Muslim extremists have done with moderate Islam. If you think I’m being a bit of an alarmist, Feuerstein has encouraged fighting gay rights with guns, and too many morons calling themselves Christians celebrated his message. The Oath Keepers militia group is the armed division of the zealot Christian movement. We are perched on a slippery slope and bloviating buffoons like Feuerstein are adding more slime to the decline.
So, here’s my suggestion if you are a moderate Christian, and you’re tired of people like Feuerstein taking over your religion, tell the barista your name is Matthew 6:5 and take back your religion.
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.”