#30DaysofThanks: Grateful for freedom of speech and Starbucks red cups

Starbucks red cupsToday, Nov. 10, I am grateful for freedom of speech. I frequently say things that would get me in loads of trouble in other countries, where free speech is not encouraged. I am thankful we can generally speak our minds here in the United States.

You may have heard that there is some outrage in the conservative or Christian community about Starbucks’ red coffee cups for the holiday season. Apparently, some people are very upset that Starbucks did not include the festive decoration on the cups (snowflakes, ornaments, etc.) and instead opted for a plain red cup with the Starbucks logo on it.

I find this silly, petty, immature, over-the-top, outlandish and many other adjectives. A Starbucks coffee cup does not validate my Christianity or my salvation; telling my barista my name is “Merry Christmas” to “force” them to write it on the cups does nothing to further the message of Christ on this holy of days. In fact, I would argue that it does quite the opposite: it alienates those who either don’t know about Christ or those who already make negative assumptions about the Christian faith and its followers. (This post, from a fellow blogger, sums up my feelings perfectly!)

However, I support people’s right to say how they feel. These days, I am used to these so-called social media superstars like Joshua Feuerstein (who posted this video about the Starbucks red cups) using sensational rhetoric to boost their own egos, er, social media profiles.

But, you know what? This is the United States, and people are free to speak their minds. (However, we all are also free to exercise logic, discretion and common sense!)

I am thankful that I can speak my mind on this matter, and I will continue supporting the right of those like Joshua and others to do so as well.

Will you join me in taking the #30DaysofThanks challenge? Each day from Nov. 1-30, write or share something for which you’re thankful with the hash tag #30DaysofThanks.

  • mommywifelife1

    I agree. All this fuss about a cup, for what? There are so many ways Christians can celebrate and defend the celebration of Christ’s birth. First and foremost, let’s just show LOVE! Taking offense to everything gets us nowhere. There’s a way to stand firm in beliefs, while defending the name of Christ without making a fuss.

  • Megan Justice

    Maybe my circles are just tolerant, but, thus far I’ve only seen compassionate responses such as your own; calls to support free speech. Perhaps this is a bright spot and an indication that we’re moving to a more compassionate and understanding society as a whole.