While many Christians have worked themselves up into a frenzy over the design, or lack thereof, of Starbucks new holiday cups, Candace Cameron-Bure is still sipping on her coffee.
Candace-Bure, The former Full House star and devout Christian, posted a message on Facebook, explaining why she is still supporting the company even though they failed to put a snowflake or some holly on their cups. Until they remove a picture of baby Jesus or the nativity scene, Bure says Starbucks will continue to get her business.
"Starbucks War on Christmas? It's a red cup, folks," Bure wrote.
Candace Cameron-Bure continued her post by questioning whether or not Starbucks had ever announced being a Christian company like Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A. Bure said what was more important to her than a cup was her relationship with Jesus.
"Until Starbucks puts a baby Jesus or nativity scene on the cup while saying Merry Christmas, then pulls it because they say it's offensive, let's talk," Bure continued. "I don't remember Starbucks ever being a Christian company, do you? A Santa, a snowflake, some holly, a polar bear, some jingle bells or plain red cup don't define Christmas for me as a Christian. My relationship with Jesus does."
"So, I will joyfully sip on my Starbucks coffee, in a plain red cup, and instead of complaining about the lack of decorations, I will lovingly share the good news of Jesus Christ with friends and co-workers or anyone who's willing to engage in conversation. Merry Christmas to all!"
Starbucks stirred up controversy earlier this week when Christian evangelists accused the company of "hating Jesus." Each year, Starbucks redesigns their holiday cups, sometimes featuring a snowflake or other symbol like a polar bear, but this year, they decided to go with a simple mixture of red and green, leaving only their logo as the decoration.
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Former Arizona pastor Joshua Feuerstein started the movement against the Starbucks chain on Facebook, with a viral video that has now been viewed more than 12 million times. Feuerstein explained that he had "pranked" Starbucks into writing "Merry Christmas" on his cup, since their employees are not allowed to use the phrase with their customers.
"Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus... SO I PRANKED THEM... and they HATE IT!!!!" Feuerstein wrote.
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Nate Weaver, a student pastor at the Crosspointe Christian Church in Sarasota, Florida, said he would never be visiting a Starbucks store ever again.
"I'm officially banning Starbucks from my life," Weaver wrote in a post on Facebook on Saturday. "With the CEO of the company telling those who support pro-life that they don't want their money and now the Red Holiday cups with nothing that might tie to Christmas on them because they want to be politically correct."
Following her Facebook post, Candace Cameron-Bure shared a link to a photo on Pinterest on her Twitter account.
The photo three of the red and green cups with a thought bubble that reads, "Hey Christian, Maybe Christmas has more to do with what's on the inside rather than what's on the outside of me..."
Despite the controversy, Starbucks vice president Jeffrey Fields explained why they chose the design, and said they "wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories."
The message Candace-Bure posted on Facebook has now been shared more than 800 times and liked by nearly 6,000 users, with many of them agreeing with her stance on the issue.
"I would be more offended if it had Santa on it. I like the red cup. It is intended not to offend anyone by being plain. Well done Starbucks," one Facebook user wrote.
What do you think about the Starbuck's controversy? Do you agree with Candace Cameron-Bure's opinions on the subject? Leave your comments below.
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