Episcopal Peace Fellowship joins Valentine’s Day Starbucks boycott

February 14, 2012

[Episcopal Peace Fellowship] Buttressing its commitment to non-violence, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) is joining with gun victim groups both faith-based and secular to launch a boycott of Starbucks coffee shops on Valentine’s Day.

“While states have rightfully forbidden weapons inside taverns for decades, Starbucks is alone among major retail outlets in allowing customers to bring their gun(s) – open or concealed – into its coffee shops,” said the Rev. Jackie Lynn, EPF executive director. “We know guns and alcohol don’t mix. Why allow guns and caffeine? We stand with the National Gun Victims Action Council, the Fellowship of Reconciliation and many other groups working to reduce gun violence in the United States,” she added.

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The multi-faith and secular boycott will continue until Starbucks forbids weapons in their coffee shops noted now for a mellow ambiance within a favorite meet-up spot and casual web-surfing without the fear of saying the wrong thing to someone packing a Glock pistol who is at a neighboring table and finishing her third espresso, the Rev. Lynn said.

Despite numerous pleas to ban weapons in Starbucks, the iconic Seattle-based coffee giant upholds the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) pro-gun agenda that was stymied most recently by a U.S. federal judge in the Northern Panhandle of Texas.

U.S. District Court Judge Sam Cummings – who, according to Texas Civil Rights Project director James Harrington, is one of the most conservative judges in the state of Texas – ruled against the request of three NRA-backed Texas minors to get a concealed weapon license even though the plaintiffs were under 21-years-old.

Citing the most recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on carrying weapons, Judge Cummings ruled that “the right to bear arms does not extend beyond the house.”